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The Institution

Adams State University was founded in 1921 with the goal of providing higher education opportunities for teachers from remote and rural areas of Colorado. Today, it is a full university offering over 50 areas of undergraduate study, as well as master’s and doctoral programs; most are available online. The fall of 2013 saw 2284 students enrolled in undergraduate programs, and 927 in graduate programs. Of these, about 1,000 live on-campus, while the rest are commuter students. An additional 9,000 non-degree-seeking students are enrolled in a wide range of online, correspondence, and hybrid courses each year through Adams State’s Extended Studies offerings. Our highly qualified faculty focus on teaching and excellence within their disciplines.

There is an annual budget of $58.9 million with 377 employees (111 faculty and 266 staff). The 90-acre campus boasts 54 buildings, and in 2015 will complete a 5-year, $84 million series of construction and renovation projects. The result is an intimate campus with tree-lined walkways, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, supportive programs, and vibrant student life.

In intercollegiate athletics, Adams State competes in NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Students also take advantage of unlimited outdoor opportunities in the area: cycling, skiing, rafting, mountaineering, and other activities in the nearby San Juan and Sangre de Christo ranges of the Rocky Mountains, along with a wide range of intramural sports.

The Community

Adams State’s home is Alamosa, Colorado, a community of 10,000 on the banks of the Rio Grande. The city is at the heart of the San Luis Valley – the world’s largest alpine valley – a picturesque and historic area roughly midway between Denver, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The University plays a pivotal role in expanding southern Colorado’s educational opportunities, economic development, and cultural enrichment. About a quarter of its undergraduate students come from San Luis Valley high schools.

Mission and Vision

The University’s mission is to educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions. Adams State’s vision is to become the university community of choice for diverse and traditionally underrepresented groups and all who value quality education and inclusivity. As one of Colorado’s most cost-effective post-secondary institutions, the University maintains its historic commitment to under-served populations, including minorities, first-generation, and low-income students. Adams State is Colorado’s first four-year higher education institution to be federally designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Since 2000, the University has been awarded a total of $14.1 million in Title V grants designed to improve capacity and services. Two five-year grants totaling $6.1 million are currently underway.

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