Enrollment remains strong at Adams State University


The fall 2013 freshman class is larger than last year's and includes 150 San Luis Valley high school graduates.

A new record in graduate student enrollment offset a slight drop in undergraduates at Adams State University, for total enrollment this fall of 3,703. This is essentially equal to last year, according to Dr. Michael Mumper, senior vice president of Enrollment Management and Program Development.

The 2013 freshman class totals 528, an increase of 1.3 percent from last year. The freshman class includes 150 graduates of San Luis Valley high schools, according to Eric Carpio, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management.

Graduate student enrollment at Adams State University set a new record for the third consecutive year this fall, with a total of 932 students. The University also increased the number of transfer students.

Business Administration continues as Adams State's largest undergraduate program, with 409 majors. The Department of Human Performance and Physical Education (HPPE) boasts 233 majors, followed by nursing, with 173.

Graduate enrollment growth is led by the Counselor Education Program, which increased 7 percent to a total of 518 students. A new Master of Arts in Music Education enrolled 13 students. The Master's in Education program grew by 20 percent, with a total of 243 students. Eight of those students are participating in the new Boettcher Teacher Program in the SLV, which aims to prepare more teachers for low-income, rural public schools, with a focus on working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.

The undergraduate student body is 31 percent Hispanic, and just over half are female. Adams State was the first four-year institution in Colorado to be federally designated a Hispanic Serving Institution, which requires a minimum of 25 percent Hispanic enrollment and qualifies the university for Title V development funds.

By Julie Waechter