Adams State University


Founded in 1923, Adams State College began as a teachers’ college and evolved into a liberal arts college. Recently designated the Regional Education Provider for southern Colorado, the college offers 16 bachelor’s degree programs, with 28 minors and emphases. Available bachelor’s degree programs include Art, Business, Mass Communications, Computer Science, Nursing, Teacher Education, and Psychology. The college also offers master’s degree programs in Art; Business; Counselor Education; Graduate Teacher Education; History, Government & Philosophy; and Human Performance & Physical Education. Students can also choose from pre-professional programs and associate’s degree programs.

Adams State has received Program of Excellence awards in Business, Biology, Music, and Graduate Counseling by the state of Colorado and has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s as one of the best regional universities in the West. This college is also designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is the Regional Education Provider (REP) for Southern Colorado.

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Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Colorado and 1756th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 68.3
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $22,708
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 22 / 1080
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 19 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 54% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,110


Students who wish to apply must first complete an (online or paper) application form. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or a GED score report (the minimum GED score is 450), an official SAT or ACT score report (the writing section is not mandatory), the Higher Education Admissions Requirements (HEAR) form, and an official college transcript or an AP transcript (where applicable). The university utilizes a rolling decision plan, but there is a priority deadline for submitting an application under the Early Action plan, so prospective students should contact the school for specific dates. A nonrefundable application fee is also required.

Strong candidates for admission into the college’s bachelor’s degree programs must have a minimum 80 index, as per the Colorado Commission of Higher Education admissions eligibility index, which is available on the college’s website. Applicants who have an index below 80 or who have not completed the recommended high school coursework may be offered conditional admission. Applicants who wish to be considered for conditional admission are recommended to submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation.

Adult students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.


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Financial Aid

The college offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. More than 90 percent of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. The average need-based financial aid award is $5,300. The college also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process.

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ASU has a very diverse student body. Many of the students live on campus in the university’s three traditional residence halls and numerous single and family apartments. Freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus, but there are exceptions, as per the Residence Hall Standards Handbook. Every residence features cable television, telephone service, and some form of Internet access. All of the residences have laundry facilities, except for the Faculty Drive apartments, which have washer and some dryer hookups. Room assignments are made based on a first come first served basis.

There are also more than 40 diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Some of the most popular activities include Grizzly Activity Board, Tri-Beta, the AS&F Student Government, El Parnaso, Adams Atoms, Earth Club, and the Climbing or Dance teams. The college’s Multicultural Center encourages students to learn about and accept differences in nationality, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities. Adams State also offers a number of exciting adventure programs, which have included activities such as canyoneering in Moab.

Students can also enjoy on-campus events that include live comedy shows, concerts, first-run films, Fun Runs, Homecoming activities, and Wacky Wednesdays. There are also plenty of activities in which students can pursue leadership opportunities. Students can check the college’s website for a complete list of clubs and events.

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Known as the Grizzlies, Adams State College’s athletic teams proudly wear the school’s colors of green and white and are cheered on by The Grizzly Bear, the college’s mascot. The university competes at the NCAA Division II level and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Grizzlies have won 43 National Championship titles, and the college’s student athletes have won more than 1,300 All-American honors. The athletics program was also awarded the Sears Directors’ Cup, which is one of the most prestigious awards in intercollegiate athletics. One of the college’s biggest athletic heroes is Zoila Gomez, who was named the NCAA Division II Female Athlete of the Year.

Sports offered include men’s and women’s Division II and intramural basketball, cross-country, football, intramural lacrosse, intramural indoor track & field, Division II outdoor track & field, and intramural soccer, as well as men’s Division II softball, women’s Division II wrestling, and men’s Division II golf.

Students are encouraged to participate in sports and exercise activities. The Rex Activity Center offers state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment.

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