American Sign Language

2023 Best American Sign Language Schools

25 Colleges in the United States
2,724 ASL Degrees Awarded
$32,250 Avg Early-Career Salary
When it comes to popularity, American Sign Language sits in the middle of the road, ranking #199 out of 395 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual reviewed 25 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of American Sign Language. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,724 degrees in American Sign Language during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great American Sign Language School

Best American Sign Language Schools The ASL program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for American Sign Language rankings. For our Best Overall American Sign Language School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your American Sign Language Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best American Sign Language Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for American Sign Language in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the ASL degrees they offer, see the list below.

10 Top Schools in ASL

#1

Gallaudet University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
77 ASL Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in American Sign Language needs to check out Gallaudet University. Gallaudet is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of #286 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Gallaudet is a great university overall.

There were about 77 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at Gallaudet in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the American Sign Language degree program at Gallaudet University make $11,498 above the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#2

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NY

University of Rochester is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in American Sign Language. University of Rochester is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Rochester. A Best Colleges rank of #63 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means University of Rochester is a great university overall.

There were roughly 8 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at University of Rochester in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
38 ASL Degrees Awarded

Rochester Institute of Technology is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in American Sign Language. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #167 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means RIT is a great school overall.

There were about 38 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at RIT in the most recent data year. After graduating, ASL degree recipients generally make an average of $31,687 in their early careers.

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#4

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

St Catherine University is a great decision for students pursuing a degree in American Sign Language. St. Kate's is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Saint Paul. A Best Colleges rank of #435 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means St. Kate's is a great university overall.

There were roughly 27 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at St. Kate's in the most recent data year. Those American Sign Language students who get their degree from St Catherine University make $2,159 more than the standard ASL student.

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#5

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SD

Augustana Sioux Falls is a small private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Sioux Falls. A Best Colleges rank of #363 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Augustana Sioux Falls is a great university overall.

There were approximately 6 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at Augustana Sioux Falls in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
31 ASL Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg is a public university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 51st out of 117 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 31 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at Bloomsburg in the most recent year we have data available. American Sign Language degree recipients from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania receive an earnings boost of about $7,333 above the typical income of American Sign Language majors.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
50 ASL Degrees Awarded

William Woods is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Fulton. This university ranks 20th out of 48 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were about 50 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at William Woods in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the ASL program make around $29,826 for their early career.

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#8

Madonna University

Livonia, MI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Madonna is a small private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Livonia. This university ranks 20th out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were about 16 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at Madonna in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the ASL program report average early career earnings of $33,834.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$31,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Kent, Kent State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 19th out of 96 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were roughly 18 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at Kent State in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the ASL program state that they receive average early career income of $32,146.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$26,734 Median Student Debt

Located in the distant town of Adrian, Siena Heights University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 23rd out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 18 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at Siena Heights University in the most recent data year. After graduating, ASL degree recipients generally make an average of $33,015 at the beginning of their careers.

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American Sign Language by Region

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Rocky Mountains
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One of 17 majors within the Foreign Languages & Linguistics area of study, American Sign Language has other similar majors worth exploring.

ASL Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Sign Language Interpretation & Translation 1,764
American Sign Language (ASL) 935
Linguistics of ASL & Other Sign Languages 19
Other American Sign Language 6

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 15,009
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,539
East Asian Languages 2,293
Classical Languages & Literature 1,428
Germanic Languages 1,425
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 607
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 607
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 500
Second Language Learning 108
Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages 38

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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