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Adams State University Data & Information Overview

19 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
100% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Adams State University Ranked?

#1,287 Best Colleges in Nation
#23 Best Colleges in CO
Liberal Arts General Studies Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Adams State University was awarded 19 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts general studies.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Adams State is ranked #1,287 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Adams State is also ranked #23 out of 33 schools in Colorado.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Adams State?

100% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
25% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 100%, Adams State has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 25% of students accepted to Adams State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 570. Math scores were between 460 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Adams State University  ( 460 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Adams State University  ( 460 to 570 )
Adams State received ACT scores from 10% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Adams State University  ( 18 to 23 )

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Adams State University Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
43% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Adams State, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Adams State University is 43%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  43 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Adams State University

59% Freshmen Retention
19% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Adams State University this rate is 59%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  59 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 19% for first-time, full-time students at Adams State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

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Adams State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,264 Full-Time Undergraduates
57.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
49.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,902 undergraduates at Adams State with 1,264 being full-time and 638 being part-time.

How Much Does Adams State University Cost?

$13,388 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
$25,844 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Adams State is $13,388. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Adams State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,864 $10,301 $13,688 $18,159 $19,693

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Adams State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Adams State, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $6,461 a year. That adds up to $25,844 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Adams State is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Adams State Graduates Make?

$37,685 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Adams State make about $37,685 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 11% less that the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Adams State University make the most money.

Location of Adams State University

Colorado State
1,264 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Alamosa, Colorado, Adams State University is a public institution. Alamosa is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for Adams State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, CO 81101
Phone: 719-587-7011

Adams State University Majors

26 Majors With Completions
535 Undergraduate Degrees
388 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 26 majors graduated from Adams State University. Of these students, 535 received undergraduate degrees and 388 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 96 $34,088
Health & Physical Education 44 $28,377
Liberal Arts General Studies 37 $33,120
General Psychology 22 NA
Political Science & Government 17 NA
Nursing 14 $60,245
Sociology 12 $31,414
General English Literature 11 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 10 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 10 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Adams State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Adams State

56% Take At Least One Class Online
36% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 1,766 students took at least one online class at Adams State University. This is a decrease from the 1,776 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,766 1,116
2019-2020 1,776 1,175
2018-2019 1,586 1,424
2017-2018 1,595 1,427
2016-2017 1,813 1,560

Learn more about online learning at Adams State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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