Undergraduate Admission Requirements

The Office of Admissions for undergraduates operates on a rolling admissions basis; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply prior to August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, or May 1 for the summer session. Application materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Adams State University, 208 Edgemont Boulevard, Alamosa, CO 81101. More information is available through the Office of Admissions at 719-587-7712 or 800-824-6494 or via e-mail at admissions AT adams DOT edu.

First-time Freshmen

Students may apply for admission any time after the completion of their junior year in high school. In order to be considered for admission to Adams State University, prospective first-time students must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed application for admission — students may apply online at adams.edu
  2. A $30 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official high school transcripts.
  4. Official ACT or SAT scores (Note: Adams State does not require the writing portion of either the ACT or SAT).

Adams State University requires a minimum Colorado Department of Higher Education index score of 80 to be considered for admission into the baccalaureate program. In general, an 80 index is equivalent to a 2.4 cumulative high school grade point average and a 19 ACT or 900 SAT score. Applicants indexed below 80 may be considered for conditional admission into the baccalaureate program or admission into the associate program. NOTE: Adams State University’s statutory role and mission enables the college to admit any qualified student who graduates from a San Luis Valley high school.

For admission into the baccalaureate program, applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school and must have completed the following pre-collegiate curriculum:

  • Four units of English.
  • Four units of mathematics (Algebra I and higher).
  • Three units of natural/physical science (two lab-based units).
  • Three units of social science (at least one unit of U.S. or world history).
  • One unit of a single foreign language.

Applicants who have completed their secondary education through alternative options such as home schooling should submit documentation of their work (e.g., transcript, portfolio, etc.) in lieu of high school transcripts above.

General Educational Development (GED) Students

Students who have completed the GED may be considered for admission by submitting the following documents:

  1. A completed application for admission (students may apply online at adams.edu)
  2. A $30 non-refundable application fee.
  3. An official GED score report.
  4. Official ACT or SAT score report (NOTE: Adams State does not require the writing portion of either the ACT or SAT).

Applicants who successfully complete the GED with a minimum score of 170 per section (or a score of 450 prior to 2014) may be considered for admission into Adams State University.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission to Adams State University, prospective transfer students must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed application for admission (students may apply online at adams.edu)
  2. A $30 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  4. Official high school transcripts and official ACT or SAT scores are required of transfer students with 12 or fewer transferable credits.

Transfer students with 13 or more transferable credits and a cumulative college grade point average of 2.30 or better will be considered for admission into the baccalaureate degree program. Transfer applicants with a cumulative grade point average below 2.30 will be considered on an individual basis.

Transfer students with 12 or fewer transferable credits will be considered for admission based on the first-time freshman admissions requirements.

Transferring Credits/Degrees

Non-Traditional Students

Applicants age 23 years or older are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores when applying for admission. Students who do not complete the ACT or SAT will be considered for admission into the associate degree program.

Returning Students

Any student who has previously attended Adams State University and has been out for at least three semesters (not including summer term) must apply for readmission by completing an application for readmission. Students may apply for readmission in the Office of Admissions or online at adams.edu. Official transcripts from all colleges attended since last attending Adams State University must be submitted to the Office of Admissions prior to being readmitted.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who do not wish to pursue a degree at Adams State University may apply as non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students must submit an avocational application/registration form to the Office of Admissions. Avocational (non-degree seeking) students are not formally admitted to Adams State University and are not guaranteed admission should they submit a formal degree-seeking application at a later date. Avocational students are not eligible for financial aid or scholarships.

High School Concurrent Students

Qualified high school students may be eligible to register for courses on campus at Adams State University. To be eligible for the concurrent enrollment program, students must be approved by their high school and meet all pre-requisites, including minimum placement testing requirements, for each course they choose to take. Students choosing to take advantage of this program should contact the Office of Admissions.

International Students

adams.edu/international

Adams State University welcomes international students. All international students who desire to enter the university must comply with all provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. A complete set of credentials, including verification of financial support, must be sent to the Office of Admissions with a formal application for admission and a $30 non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars (credit card, bank draft on U.S. bank, or money order). All information must be in English. The college must have proof of English proficiency. This can be satisfied with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the TOEFL exam or successful completion of level 109 in an ESL program.

International students should request to have submitted directly to Adams State University official transcripts which have been evaluated by AACRAO International Education Services, World Education Services or Foundation for International Services, Inc., to determine US equivalencies for grades, credit hours and institutional accreditation. Payment for evaluation is strictly the student’s responsibility. Only post-secondary level coursework deemed to have a US equivalency will be accepted in transfer.

College- or university-level work completed outside the United States will be accepted directly in transfer only if the college or university is accredited by one of the U.S. regional accrediting associations. Other collegiate-level work is acceptable only on the basis of credit by examination. This examination will be conducted by the department chair most closely associated with the academic classes in which the student might wish to transfer. Each department chair will decide whether a written, oral, or credit review of the transcript will be necessary to establish credit.

Credit for coursework from non-accredited schools may be given after completion of 24 credit hours and maintenance of a 2.0 or above cumulative grade point average. After students have earned 24 credit hours, they should petition the department chair over their major area as well as the vice president for Academic Affairs for approval of this transfer credit.