Gallaudet University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: South
City/State: Washington, DC
Locale: Large Urban City (Over 500,000+)
Student Population (FTE): 1,454
In-State Tuition: $16,558.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $16,558.00
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Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus
Other Minority Serving Institution

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Our Gallaudet University Credo states, "We believe that every person should be treated with civility and that our community is strengthened by the broad diversity of its members. Therefore, we will promote and applaud behaviors that support the dignity of individuals and groups and are respectful of others' opinions. We will especially discourage behaviors and attitudes that disrespect the diversity of individuals and groups for any reason including religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, hearing status, or language and communication preference." In 2016, with substantial support from the student body and faculty, Gallaudet University's Transgender Task Force asked the University's Board of Trustees to amend the Credo to include "gender identity and expression."

Our Synopsis

Gallaudet University's LGBTQA Resource Center, a unit of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students, serves as a hub for gender and sexuality-related programs, services, training, activities, and student groups on campus. The LGBTQA Resource Center is a visible space to facilitate understanding of diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation year-round, with particular activity during Pride Month, Coming Out Day, Transgender Awareness Week, and Commencement Week. LGBTQA Resource Center programs and services include advocacy initiatives, discussion and support groups, student meet-ups, awareness trainings and workshops, consultation to campus departments, collaborative programming and outreach, research support, and support for students, staff, and faculty. The LGBTQA Resource Center offers books and reference materials on gender and sexuality that are housed in the ODES Diversity Library. The Center maintains an active presence on social media and disseminates a monthly newsletter with information on events, programs, and resources of interest to the LGBTQA+ campus community. The LGBTQA Resource Center is member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, and works closely with Rainbow Society, Gallaudet's LGBTQA student organization.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Gallaudet University

"Many people share all or most of my identities. It's nice to be in a space where we can freely discuss issues concerning deaf queer and trans people of color."

— Deaf queer student of color, after a DQTPOC student support group

"Gallaudet University has a huge community for LGBTQA students."

— LGBTQA Student

"There is a safe haven for LGBTQ students on campus."

— New Student, after LGBTQA Resource Center workshop

"Gallaudet has opened many opportunities to embrace my trans and Deaf identities. I was able to transition with the support of the LGBTQA community on campus. I have never felt more at home than I do here. This community holds so many ideas and so much knowledge and power, and we motivate one another to achieve our fullest potential."

— Deaf trans student

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Intricate Identities: DMV-Area Gender and Sexuality Student Conference


ColorFEST: Deaf & Signing LGBTQA Student Conference


Lavender Graduation


Transgender Awareness Week


Coming Out Day

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

Gallaudet University Admissions Office

Undergraduate Admissions
Gallaudet University
Undergraduate Admissions; Edward Miner Gallaudet Building
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C., 20002

Phone: 800-995-0550

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

Gallaudet University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
3.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
3 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
2.5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
3 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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