The Adams Experience

At Adams State, your educational journey isn’t bound by classroom walls. It spills over and blends with your extracurricular interests, student life activities, and the San Luis Valley community-at-large. We call it The Adams Experience.

On paper, it’s a framework for learning that incorporates evidence-based High Impact Practices in what you learn, how you learn, and how your learning is assessed. That means writing-intensive courses, the opportunity to do original research, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, and bonding experiences with your peers.

But it also means discovering off-campus mentors and gaining valuable work experience through internships and volunteer efforts. As a champion of the San Luis Valley, our roots are deeply intertwined with a community that proudly supports our students in return.

Ultimately, The Adams Experience is neither a single moment, nor a checklist of events. It’s the entirety of your educational journey, a journey that connects what you learn to who you are and have the potential to become.

High Impact Practices

Evidence-based High Impact Practices are incorporated in what you learn, how you learn and how your learning is assessed.

Senior Capstone Projects

Create a project that integrates and applies what you’ve learned.

First-Year Seminar

First year seminar students pick from a variety of courses centered around a specific academic topic. Through focused exploration of the topic students develop academic curiosity and critical thinking that applies to their entire academic experience.

Writing-Intensive Courses

These courses emphasize writing at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to produce and revise various forms of writing for different audiences in different disciplines.


A digital platform to integrate and showcase all your learning experiences both in and out of the class room as well as on and off campus.


Experiential Learning

Gain knowledge through hands-on experience in the real world with these additional High Impact Practices.


Students can be placed in internships related to their career interests. They get supervision and coaching from professionals in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The goal is to involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer important questions.

Place-Based Education

The San Luis Valley is a rich laboratory for learning. Our Valley is a resource for undergraduate and graduate research.

To us The Adams Experience is an integrated curriculum. It’s inside classroom activities as well as out of the classroom activities. The intent is that the curriculum is a collection of experiences that together allow you to enrich your academic career, and enrich your development and your intellectual pursuit. Those experiences, across the curriculum, both in and out of the classroom, are what make up The Adams Experience.

Dr. Cheryl D. Lovell, President Adams State University

Outside the Classroom

Connecting academic content with life experience on and off campus.