The 97-acre Adams State University campus is characterized by excellent facilities, with $40-50 million more improvements underway, made possible by a student approved capital construction fee. The transformation includes upgraded student housing, remodeled academic buildings, new athletic fields, a new stadium complex, and new parking lots.

The Nielsen Library

The center of an institution of higher education should be its library. Adams State University's Nielsen Library, constructed of Colorado red stone and accented with white columns and trim, was completed in 1973. It houses TRiO Student Support Services, the Grizzly Testing and Learning Center, and the Student Success Center with Academic Advising, AmeriCorps CSC, Career Services, Disability Services, and College Readiness. The library has 167,580 books, 40,430 bound periodicals, 3,095 federal government documents, 11,544 microform, 2,720 audio-visual items, 369 periodical subscriptions, and 20,000+ online journals.

The Nielsen Library provides for the selection, acquisition, cataloging, classification, storage, and retrieval of information published in a variety of print and non-print formats. Some of the special features of the library include study areas equipped with individual carrels; modern research tools, including online services such as OCLC, FirstSearch, EBSCOhost, LexisNexis Academic Universe and Innovative Interfaces (Triple I) public catalog; the Ruth Marie Colville Room and the Dr. Jack Kyle Cooper Room, which house valuable material on the history of the San Luis Valley, Colorado, northern New Mexico, and the Southwest; and the Archive Room, which contains materials and memorabilia from the university. An electronic classroom for library instruction is located on the first floor, and an information commons, the Grizzly Testing and Learning Center and a coffee cart have recently been added to the second floor. The library is a member of the Western Colorado Academic Library Consortium (WCALC) and Colorado Academic Library Consortium (CALC).

The Nielsen Library offers an introductory research course teaching students how to effectively use its resources and services for academic work and lifelong learning.

Instruction Buildings

Adams State University's academic facilities all feature the latest technology and computer equipment for all disciplines and is pleased to announce upgrades through several remodel projects.

  • The Music Building, renovated in 2011, has state-of-the-art music technology and meets modern acoustical standards. The building has a new recording studio, two rehearsal halls, a percussion studio, four new practice rooms, and new furnishings and musical instruments.
  • McDaniel Hall, formerly the Education and Social Sciences Building, was also remodeled in 2011 and offers an optimal learning environment with technology enhanced classrooms and multiple study areas.
  • Leon Memorial Concert Hall is a newly upgraded recital venue with new seating and acoustic enhancements and features a Steinway grand piano and historic pipe organ.
  • The School of Business was remodeled in 2004 and features SMART classrooms, lecture halls, and advanced computing labs.
  • The Adams State Theatre, equipped with two modern stages, lighting, and production equipment, opened in 2001.
  • In 2000, an Art Building was created with a SMART classroom, a circular gallery, and modern studio facilities for ceramics, sculpture, metals, fiber, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and graphic design.
  • Porter Hall, opened in 1998, houses the science and mathematics programs and was specifically designed to house modern laboratories and computer labs. It features the Edward Ryan Geological Museum.
  • The Zacheis Planetarium and Observatory, remodeled in 2012, offers Adams State students unique opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience well beyond the classroom through interaction with the public or individual research projects.
  • The SLV Center for Clinical Excellence has one of the top simulation laboratories in the nation. Our nursing students are well prepared for clinical experience with instruction that features state-of-the-art medical equipment, simulation technology including a $65,000 computerized mannequin, and the only lab in a three-state area with an actual Pyxis Medication Station.

Student Union Building

The SUB is the lively, friendly hub of the campus. It houses the One Stop Student Services Center, La Mesa Dining Hall, the Bookstore, ASAP (outdoor equipment rental), and Student Life Office. Also located in the SUB are offices of the student government, student newspaper, radio station and a 24-hour computer lab. Other facilities include a food court, coffee shop, convenience store, study rooms, meeting rooms, and the Loft with snacks, games, and television sets.

Rex Activity Center

Rex Activity Center is a lively facility for fitness, wellness, and recreation. It has state-of the-art cardiovascular equipment and offers a variety of fitness options, including aerobic sessions, weight training, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, and an 1,800-square-foot climbing wall. It is a great place to get in shape and meet friends.

Plachy Hall

The center of physical and recreational activities on campus is Plachy Hall and its surrounding grounds. The facility houses an indoor track, two basketball courts, a modern weight room and indoor Olympic-size swimming pool. All facilities and equipment are available for general student use. It is adjacent to soccer, lacrosse, softball, and football fields, as well as Rex Stadium and outdoor track.

Richardson Hall

The oldest building on campus, the administration building was named after the college’s first president, Ira Richardson. Remodeling of this historic building started in March 2014 and will be completed in 2015. Located here are Upward Bound, Counseling and Career Services, the Nursing Department, the San Luis Valley Center for Clinical Excellence, classrooms, an auditorium, the Luther Bean Museum and Art Gallery, and administrative offices, including the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the President, Enrollment Management and Program Development, Academic Affairs, and the Graduate School Office.

Residence Halls

The residence halls vary in size, accommodation, lifestyle, and regulations. There is a living group to match each student's preference.