Adams State College, located in Alamosa, Colorado, was founded in 1921 as a teacher's college known as Adam's Normal School. The school was established by Billy adams, who prior to his career as a legislator, then governor, worked for three decades to establish the school.
Since then the school has transformed, expanding its offerings and expanding beyond its original purpose. The school recently renovated and updated its facilities through a project costing more than 65 million dollars as part of its overall mission to provide students with the best education opportunities and facilities possible.
Adams State College offers a number of undergraduate and graduate level programs for interested students. Combined with small class sizes and a low student to teacher ratio, the school allows students to receive a high quality, personalized education. The programs offered also allow for practical education in order to meet workforce demands. Some programs prepare students for professional degree programs such as law or medicine.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in Attending Adams State College should complete the application online and submit it along with the application fee, standardized test scores, transcripts and the Higher Education Academics Requirements form.
Once submitted the application and provided information will be reviewed and a response regarding admission mailed to the applicant. Graduate programs require a bachelor's degree and may have more stringent review processes.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and work study programs offered at the state and federal level. Students in need of aid must provide all pertinent tax and income information as well as submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine need, eligibility and awards.
Scholarships may also be available from external sources, often requiring a separate application. Each private scholarship comes with their own unique qualifications and award levels.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may give you an idea of the students Adams State College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Adams State College has a total student population of about 3,400, where graduate students make up roughly 14% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $5,400-$6,500
- Out-of-State: $16,000-$19,150
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $230-$270 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $670-$800 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||90%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||85%||$7,549|
|Receiving Student Loans||59%||$6,799|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Adams State College may offer services to students including:
- Online classes
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Student employment
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care for children
Adams State College has an overall graduation rate which is close to 23%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||10%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||4%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program
- Graduate Teacher Education Program
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
Adams State College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Basketball (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
- Track and Field (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
- Football (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Adams State College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Adams State College.
- Colorado State University - Pueblo in Pueblo, CO (91 miles away)
- Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison, CO (94 miles away)
- Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO (110 miles away)
- Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture in Santa Fe, NM (136 miles away)
- New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM (291 miles away)
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