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Adams State University

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About Adams State University

"Great Stories Begin Here" is not simply a slogan at Adams State University. Student success is the result of our caring campus culture.

Our highly qualified faculty focus on teaching and excellence within their disciplines.

Adams State has entered a new era of growth, recording an all-time high enrollment of 3,701.

The campus has been transformed, with $65 million worth of improvements nearly complete.  

An intimate campus with tree-lined walkways, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, supportive programs, and vibrant student life await Adams State students.

Founded in 1921 as a teachers' college, Adams State is a university offering undergraduate majors, minors and emphases.  ASU also offers master's degree programs and a doctoral program – most offered online. New academic programs are developed to address student and societal need.

Campus information

 Individual programs are accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Adams State University is an institutional member of the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The university is approved by the American Association of University Women.

  • Location: Alamosa, Colorado (population approximately 10,000) Situated in the San Luis Valley 220 miles south of Denver on U.S. Highways 160 and 285
  • Type: State-supported, coeducational, comprehensive college
  • Enrollment: Approximately 2,500 on campus; more than 10,000 in Extended Studies
  • Academic Year: 2 semesters and 3 summer sessions
  • Library: Collections total 150,000 books, 34,651 bound periodicals, 488,675 federal and state government publications, 428,500 ERIC microfiche for teacher education, 4,664 audio-visual items, 1,005 subscriptions, and 689,109 microforms. Full member of national OCLC and Colorado MARMOT computer information networks.
  • Placement: Services of career planning and placement office available to students and alumni
  • Athletics: Intercollegiate: NCAA Div. II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference;Outdoor Program offers skiing, mountaineering, rafting, and other activities; intramurals offered.

Situated in the San Luis Valley, the campus is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges. With towering peaks of over 14,300 feet, the mountains provide variety of outdoor recreation in all seasons. Within a two-hour drive are five ski areas and such historic towns as Taos, Santa Fe, and Creede.

Denver is 220 miles to the north, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, is 200 miles to the south.


There are currently six on-campus apartment complexes (Houtchens, McCurry, Moffat, Petteys, Savage and Residence at the Rex) that include private bedrooms for two to three students, a kitchen/living room and private bath, in addition to three traditional dormitory halls (Conour, Coronado and Girault). Most entering freshmen are housed in Coronado and Girault Halls. The main cafeteria, La Mesa Dining Hall, in the Student Union Building is newly renovated.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Agriculture Studies 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Business, Management 5 Education and Teaching 1 Sports Science 3


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