#10 Best Public Universities in Colorado

Adams State College

Alamosa, Colorado

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Adams State College overview
Location Alamosa, Colorado
Online adams.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Adams State College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Adams State University, located in Alamosa, Colorado, is a public institution that was established in 1921. The university's rural setting provides a picturesque campus spread over 90 acres in the San Luis Valley, with easy access to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Known for its diverse program offerings, Adams State is particularly notable for its strengths in education, business, and nursing. The institution attracts a mix of traditional and non-traditional students with a variety of on-campus living options available to foster a collegial environment. Adams State has a broad acceptance policy and its academic calendar is structured on a semester-based system. While the university supports various athletic teams, known as the Grizzlies, it is not predominantly recognized for athletic prowess.

In the most recent statistical year 1,580 prospective students applied, and 1,567 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 303 enrolled in the school.  1,755 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,099 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,072 plus fees of $3,704. Adams State College is ranked 893 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Adams State College is rated within the lower 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Adams State College overview
SAT 910/1130
ACT 15/26
GPA 3.2

Applications Accepted

Adams State College overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $45

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Annual Cost to Attend

Colorado Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Adams State College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$3,704
Room and Board $9,220
Budget for Other Expenses$3,186
Total One Year Cost$23,982

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Adams State College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$3,704
Room and Board $9,220
Budget for Other Expenses$3,186
Total One Year Cost$36,054

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$38,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

23% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Adams State College students
Subject Percent of Class
Liberal Arts and Humanities 27%
Business 26%
Social Sciences 13%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126182 IPEDS survey data for Adams State College.

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