Q&A: What do colleges think of deaf students?

Question by turkakid: What do colleges think of deaf students?
I’m 16 years old and I am a sophomore in high school. I was born with severe hearing loss and I wear one hearing aid and one cochlear implant. I speak normally like a hearing person, thanks to my years in therapy. You couldn’t tell I’m deaf until I told you. I have a 3.6 GPA at my high school, I take all regular sophomore classes, plus one junior class to get ahead. I also take French class, which is unusual for a deaf student, but I do well in it. I get mostly A’s and the occasional B. I do extra curricular activities, such as debate, newspaper club, art magazine, and french club. I played for my school’s tennis, volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse team. In the summer I am a lifeguard. I am extremely artistic, you can see for yourself www.instagram.com/dynamiteco Soon I’ll be applying for colleges, and I’m interested in business, software engineering, or art. I am interested in Princeton, Rutgers, Cooper Union, NYU, The College of NJ, Stevens, and Duke University. Princeton & Duke are my favorites. Could you tell me what colleges think of a deaf student applying, especially with my performance for a deaf student. Thanks!
I am not worried about a college rejecting me, as that is discrimination. I am curious if that can improve my chances of getting into a college compared to a hearing kid with all the same grades and activities as me.

Best answer:

Answer by louise
Im pretty sure a school CANNOT reject you on the sole basis of yu being deaf, for that would be discrimination.
So as long as you have merit and meet the reqs for that particular university then you have a fair chance for admission

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2 Responses to “Q&A: What do colleges think of deaf students?”

  1. ooooo says:

    Well, they will like seeing how well you’ve overcome challenges, and they will like that you’re bringing a kind of diversity to the student body. These are things you can demonstrate in your essay. But they want to see that you’re capable of doing Princeton- or Duke-level work at the same standard as everyone else; not just outstanding for a deaf person, but outstanding, period. Ultimately, being deaf isn’t going to make much, if any, difference, and no school has a blanket pro- or anti-deaf admissions bias; decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Some schools are better than others at accommodating student disabilities, which may be worth considering when making up your mind where to go, but that’s separate from admissions.

    You probably already know this, but wherever you end up going, I would definitely recommend talking to the disabilities office and relevant professors (especially French) as soon as you arrive, even if you have not needed any special accommodations, help, or adjusted assignments in the past. You may still not need any of that, but if for example you can’t understand a speaker you can’t see, and if your professor unexpectedly assigns audio-only listening or pronunciation homework several weeks into the semester, it will be a much bigger pain at that point to take care of any paperwork you need and/or give the professor time to find or make a related assignment you can do.

  2. Cece says:

    U stupid hearing mind you deaf you should not talk like hearing! You betrayal of deaf people!! no college will want u only gally n RIT will accept bc ur deaf!!

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