Adams State College

Adams State College

Adams State College was founded in the year 1921 as a teacher's college, but it later grew into a fine liberal arts college. Today, students can earn a bachelor's degree in any of 16 majors with 28 minors and emphases offered by the college. It also offers master's degrees. ASC was recently designated the Regional Education Provider for southern Colorado.

The college campus is spread out over an area of 90 acres. It holds all academic buildings and residential complexes within the area. Richardson Hall is the main administration building of the college and was named after the school's first president, Dr. Ira Richardson.

ASC sports teams are known as the 'Grizzlies'. They participate in NCAA Division II and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. They are the winners of 43 National Championship team titles.

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Adams State College
208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa , CO 81102
General Phone: (719) 587-7011

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Adams State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching158special ed, teacher ed, physical education teaching
Liberal Arts156Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, liberal arts and humanities, geography, American government and politics, sociology ...
Business and Management112business, business administration
Therapy and Counseling76psychology, counseling psychology, psychology courses
Science25biology, chemistry, geology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy21exercise science
Fine Arts18fine arts
Music14music history and theory
Nursing and Emergency Medicine7registered nursing
Drama and Performing Arts2stagecraft

Number of programs and degrees for Adams State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree2266
Bachelor's degree34520
Associate's degree251

Adams State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Adams State had a total enrollment of 2,830 students (2,372 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 28%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 5%
Hispanic 25%
Asian 2%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 24%
20-21 18%
22-24 16%
25-29 13%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 9%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico6%
(International Students)2%

Adams State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 54 %
Part-Time 48 %

Adams State Room and Board (2007)

Adams State offers campus housing for 1,061 of its 2,372 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Alamosa, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 15 meals per week.

Adams State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal438540
SAT Math430563
SAT Writing400510
ACT Verbal1521
ACT Math1621
ACT Composite1722

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT16%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT84%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Adams State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,790
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,686
Room and board $ 6,952
Room charge $ 3,460
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,320
Books and supplies $ 1,749
Other expenses $ 2,529

Financial Aid:
Adams State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 134500)

Adams State Faculty

Adams State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1919
Non-tenured and not on tenure track01

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$66,46912$63,657
Associate professoracademic year14$48,9619$52,056
Assistant professoracademic year18$46,16618$44,640
Instructoracademic year0*1*
No academic rankacademic year3$37,78511$44,813
All faculty totalacademic year58$54,45851$50,286

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Adams State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Basketball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Track Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports265682

Adams State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American Government and Politics (United States)
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music History, Literature, and Theory

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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What Sets Adams State Apart:

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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 19%Adams State % of degrees in therapy and counseling

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