Adams State College

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School Overview

Originally founded in 1921 as a teacher’s college, Adams state College (ASU) is a small public liberal arts college with approximately 3,500 students that is located in Alamosa, Colorado in the San Luis valley. ASU is a member of the Rock Mountain Athletic Conference and the school’s mascot it the Grizzly Bear.

As a liberal arts college, Adams State offers a variety programs including both bachelors and masters degrees. In 2012, the Governor of Colorad, John Hickenlooper officially changed the name of the school from Adams State College to Adams State University, although most people still refer to the institution as Adams State College.

General Information

Admission Office

208 Edgemont Boulevard

Alamosa, CO 81102

(719) 587-7712

(800) 824-6494

Fax: (719) 587-7522

Contact: Eric Carpio

Director for Admissions
Main Address

208 Edgemont Boulevard

Alamosa, CO 81102
(719) 587-7011

Total undergrads: 2,139

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 486

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,110

Graduate enrollment: 722


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 56%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 53%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A,B
Ceramics B
Drama/Theater Arts A,B
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General A,B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Small Business Administration B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education A
Education – General B
Elementary Education A,B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prenursing B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Physical Sciences

Chemical Physics B
Chemistry B
Geology A,B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Criminology B
Economics B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Adams State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (719) 587-7011
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81101
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,114
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 33%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,528 (49% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,440
Out-of-state Tuition: $20,864
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,884

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Adams State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Adams State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21
Education 15
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 211
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 211
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 31
Grand total 221101

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Adams State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,440
Out-of-state $20,864
Books and supplies $1,800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,311
Out-of-state $10,551

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 403 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 381 92% $8,884
Student loan aid 228 55% $6,181

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,363 68% $8,765
Federal student loans 847 42% $6,839

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Adams State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Adams State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,765 719 1,046
Percent admitted 100% 99% 99%
Percent admitted who enrolled 23% 26% 20%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Adams State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,114
Undergraduate enrollment 1,955
Graduate enrollment 1,159

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Adams State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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