From its founding to the current thriving community of students and faculty, Gallaudet University continues to draw from its long history, deep traditions, and rich culture. Since the initial class of six students in 1856, Gallaudet University has overcome many obstacles that time and cultural exchange have placed in its path. Today, the university community has grown to include an academic population of more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students, with faculty members and students representing cultural backgrounds from all over the world.
In addition to its accredited undergraduate and graduate study programs, Gallaudet University provides students with a diverse social and community environment. Also on campus, the Gallaudet University Hearing & Speech Center is proud to offer students and faculty, as well as residents in the Greater Washington, DC area, access to state-of-the-science hearing and speech/language services.