Adams State College


Adams State College is a public liberal arts university in the United States. Originally established as a teacher’s college, it is now a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, with an enrollment of about 3,467 undergraduate students.

The college was founded in 1921 as Adams State Normal School by Billy Adams. It is situated in Alamosa, Colorado, in the San Luis Valley. As the most economical major public university in the state of Colorado, the college has a 90-acre campus, housing a number of academic and administrative buildings.

The college offers degrees in associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs. Students are required to take a range of core coursework to graduate, including arts, sciences, history, humanities, computer literacy, social sciences, mathematics, English, etc. On average, the freshman retention rate is about 62 percent.

The mission of Adams State University is:

Adams State University dedicates its resources to provide opportunity and access for all students. The University is an innovative leader that recognizes the inherent educational value of diversity. It is a catalyst for the educational, cultural, and economic interests of rural Colorado, the surrounding region, and the global community.


Adams State College receives accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The university comprises 11 departments:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  • English Language and Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts

The ranking of Adams State College is not published.

As the most effective state-assisted four-year university in Colorado, Adams State College treasure the success of its students in achieving their life goals as its own. Providing a supportive and rigorous learning environment with a high quality educational experience, the diversity of culture, the value of continual improvement, as well as the ideas that stimulate intellectual growth is recognized well enough at Adams State College.


Adams State College is a selective university, with an acceptance rate of 55.1 percent. The application can be done online, with a completed application, a $30 application fee, official ACT or SAT scores, and the Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR) form.


The tuitions and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year is USD 6.831 for in-state students, and USD 14,931 for out-of-state students, with the room and board fees included.

Need-based financial aids and grants are offered at Adams State University. About 91 percent full-time students qualify for financial aid, and the average award is about USD 12,300 every academic year.

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