Adams State officially became a university on August 7, 2012, transitioning from the "Adams State College" name. A new era of growth has seen enrollment records broken over the last several years, and $62 million worth of campus improvements have recently been completed, including state-of-the-art academic buildings, student residence halls, and athletic facilities.

As one of Colorado's most cost-effective post-secondary institutions, Adams State University maintains its historical commitment to student access. Adams State emphasizes its service as a gateway to opportunity for San Luis Valley residents, continuing its historic commitment to and tradition of working with underserved populations, including underrepresented minorities, first-generation and low-income students. About 30 percent of Adams State undergraduate students come from San Luis Valley high schools.

Academic Excellence

Professor teachingWe are responsive to the needs of our diverse student body and take pride in exceptional teaching and learning. Adams State offers almost 20 undergraduate degrees, 8 graduate degrees, distance learning, professional development credit, and customized degrees.

Supportive programs and a caring campus culture contribute to student success. Adams State faculty are genuinely committed to their students. Our students benefit from small classes, and they value individual attention and mentoring from highly qualified professors. Students are encouraged to become involved in the campus community and given the latitude to discover their strengths.

Graduates consistently say they were competitively prepared for professional careers as well as graduate school. Their experience at Adams State changed their lives.


Adams State is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). As such, Adams State was recently awarded a $3.18 million Title V grant to improve student engagement and success. This is the third Title V grant Adams State has been awarded over the last decade. Designed to strengthen Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), the new grant will run for five years.

Our student body is highly diverse, with non-white students accounting for 44 percent of undergraduates.

  • 32% Hispanic
  • 6.5% African American
  • 1.6% Native American/Alaskan
  • 2% Asian/Pacific Islanders
  • 1.6% Multiracial

Adams State has been recognized for the academic achievement of Hispanic and other minority students, who have a graduation rate that is 90% the rate of majority students. A 2007 study by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) found Adams State had the third highest Hispanic graduation rate of all 435 AASCU member institutions.

Affordable Value

Many students would not be able to attend college, if not for Adams State's affordability. We have a historic commitment to and tradition of working with underserved populations, including underrepresented minorities, first-generation, and low-income students. Among Colorado public higher education institutions, Adams State has the largest proportion of Pell-grant eligible undergraduates. Financial aid is awarded to more than 90 percent of Adams State students.

Greater options for students

Adams State's recent growth is due to its accessibility and affordability, combined with expanded academic programs and exciting campus improvements. A four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Business Administration, a master's in Higher Education Administration and Leadership and a doctoral counseling education program are among the new programs preparing students for careers in demand.

The Grizzly Athletic program is also expanding, with new varsity and JV teams, as well as club sports that give more students the opportunity to continue involvement in sports. Such options increase students' engagement with college and improve graduation rates.

Environment for success

A new student apartment building opened in fall 2010, offering contemporary housing for 65 students. Called "The Residences at Rex" and adjoining a new stadium complex, it is the centerpiece of Adams State's North Campus Transformation. Existing residence halls have also undergone extensive remodeling. A new campus green links student housing and recreation facilities with a pedestrian walkway leading to academic buildings.

A new Student Success Center on the first floor of the Nielsen Library serves as a "one-stop" for the university's various academic support programs. The Student Union Building's cafeteria was recently refurbished as well. The athletic facility was also recently remodeled and expanded. Adams State is beginning additional projects to renovate two academic buildings and a concert hall and further expand on-campus parking.

Serving Southern Colorado

Adams State University is the Regional Education Provider (REP) for Southern Colorado. This role relies upon the college's strong on-campus and distance education programs.

Adams State has been unique among the state colleges in providing graduate programs in education and counseling around the state. The REAP (Rural Education Access Program) is successfully helping place-bound students in southeastern Colorado complete Adams State bachelor's degrees in their communities. Our Extended Campus also offers a range of professional development and noncredit courses available online, via correspondence, and at various sites across the state.

The university dedicates it resources, energy, and vision to meeting needs of the San Luis Valley and Colorado. Adams State is crucial to enhancing the area's Educational Opportunity, Economic Development, and Cultural Enrichment.


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