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Gallaudet University Data & Information Overview

162 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
63% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Gallaudet University Ranked?

#286 Best Colleges in Nation
#5 Best Colleges in DC
Sign Language Interpretation & Translation Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Gallaudet University was awarded 162 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is sign language interpretation and translation.

Overall Quality

Gallaudet landed the #286 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Gallaudet held the #1,229 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 8 colleges in District of Columbia, Gallaudet is ranked at #5.

See all of the rankings for Gallaudet University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Gallaudet?

63% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
23% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Gallaudet University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 63%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 23% of students accepted to Gallaudet submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 385 and 510. Math scores were between 405 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Gallaudet University  ( 385 to 510 )

SAT Math Scores for Gallaudet University  ( 405 to 530 )
Gallaudet received ACT scores from 75% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 14 and 18.

ACT Composite Scores for Gallaudet University  ( 14 to 18 )

Learn more about Gallaudet University admissions.

Gallaudet University Faculty

6 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Gallaudet it is much better at 6 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Gallaudet University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Gallaudet University

74% Freshmen Retention
26% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Gallaudet University has a freshmen retention rate of 74%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 26% for first-time, full-time students at Gallaudet, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Gallaudet University.

Gallaudet University Undergraduate Student Diversity

905 Full-Time Undergraduates
44.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,019 undergraduates at Gallaudet with 905 being full-time and 114 being part-time.

How Much Does Gallaudet University Cost?

$16,833 Net Price
33% Take Out Loans
$22,056 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Gallaudet is $16,833. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Gallaudet

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,948 $16,349 $16,439 $21,823 $30,626

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Gallaudet, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Gallaudet, approximately 33% of students took out student loans averaging $5,514 a year. That adds up to $22,056 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Gallaudet is 8.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Gallaudet Graduates Make?

$33,841 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Gallaudet make around $33,841 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 20% less that the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Gallaudet University make the most money.

Location of Gallaudet University

District of Columbia State
905 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Gallaudet University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The city atmosphere of Washington makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Gallaudet are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 Florida Ave, Ne, Washington, DC 20002-3695
Phone: 202-651-5000

Gallaudet University Majors

39 Majors With Completions
208 Undergraduate Degrees
158 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Gallaudet University. Of these students, 208 received undergraduate degrees and 158 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
American Sign Language 28 $40,225
General Psychology 19 NA
Communication & Media Studies 16 $25,117
Ethnic Studies 16 NA
General Visual & Performing Arts 16 NA
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 14 NA
Computer Information Systems 13 NA
Political Science & Government 11 NA
General English Literature 11 NA
Social Work 10 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Gallaudet University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Gallaudet

32% Take At Least One Class Online
2% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 471 students took at least one online class at Gallaudet University. This is an increase from the 303 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 471 36
2018-2019 303 66
2017-2018 464 52
2016-2017 396 68
2015-2016 363 65

Learn more about online learning at Gallaudet University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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