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208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa, CO 81101
p. 719-587-7011
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Adams State University

Adams State University Rating: 3.3/5 (24 votes)

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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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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.

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4306th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 21st in Colorado and 1623rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Colorado and 489th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 2 0.06
Burglary 7 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 12 0.36

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 26 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 11 0.12
Robbery 5 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 92 1.03
Larceny 477 5.34
Vehicle theft 10 0.11

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Alamosa, CO 81101
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population14,100 (9,238 urban / 4,862 rural)
Households5,164 (2.54 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,576
Families3,413 (3.13 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District803

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1303rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,872 $4,872 $15,504
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,577 $2,577 $2,577
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $203 $203 $646
FT Graduate Tuition $4,176 $4,176 $10,062
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,958 $1,958 $1,958
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $232 $232 $559
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,691 $19,691 $30,323
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,391 $20,391 $31,023
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,265 $11,265 $21,897

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,627 $6,448 $5,627 $6,448 $15,875 $17,416
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,314 $1,350
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,731 $8,002
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,565 $2,610
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,712 $8,901
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,583 $2,610
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,439 $2,466

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,658 (1,303 male / 1,355 female)
Admitted 1,398 (671 male / 727 female)
Admission rate 53%
First-time Enrollment 519 (281 male / 238 female)
FT Enrollment 503 (271 male / 232 female)
PT Enrollment 16 (10 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment3,211

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1209th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22

SAT Test Admission

916th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 16%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 533
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1083

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,200
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$3,600
Board Fee$4,100

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 16 160 9 5 387 40 622
American Government and Politics (United States) 1 4 12 1 18
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 5 7 13
Business Administration and Management, General 2 6 1 1 12 23
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General 3 31 40 3 77
Chemistry, General 1 5 6
Counseling Psychology 2 20 1 1 79 8 111
Creative Writing 2 2
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 2 2 4
English Language and Literature, General 1 6 1 9
Fine/Studio Arts, General 3 9 1 13
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 10 13
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 5 3 2 10
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 5 1 6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 7 11 20
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 15 1 17 34
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 32 6 1 86 17 145
Mathematics, General 1 2 3
Music History, Literature, and Theory 2 6 1 9
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 14 14
Psychology, General 5 9 14
Psychology, Other 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10 1 11 1 23
Sociology 2 5 13 2 23
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 3 1 5
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 3 22 1 26

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3042nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,873 ($54,557 male / $51,385 female)
Number of FT Faculty 111 (59 male / 52 female)
Number of PT Faculty 222
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $3,303,809

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