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How Well Is Adams State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Adams State University was awarded 3 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Adams State as #1,431 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Adams State held the #1,445 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 23 colleges in Colorado, Adams State is ranked at #18.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Adams State?

Acceptance Rate

Adams State University has an acceptance rate of 99%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Adams State.

Average Test Scores

About 16% 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 430 and 540. Math scores were between 450 and 540.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Adams State University  ( 430 to 540 )

SAT Math Scores for Adams State University  ( 450 to 540 )
Adams State received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Adams State University  ( 17 to 22 )

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Adams State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Adams State University, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Adams State University is 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Adams State University

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 62%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  62 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Adams State is 9%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  9 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Adams State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,960 undergraduates at Adams State with 1,514 being full-time and 446 being part-time.

Adams State Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 89.87 out of 100, Adams State is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  89.87 out of 100
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How Much Does Adams State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Adams State is $14,229. 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 +
$10,933 $11,106 $14,183 $19,633 $18,978

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 53% of students took out student loans averaging $5,877 a year. That adds up to $23,508 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Adams State is 9.7%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Adams State Graduates Make?

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 $35,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 12% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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Location of Adams State University

Adams State University is a public institution situated in Alamosa, Colorado. Alamosa is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Location of Adams State University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 25 majors graduated from Adams State University. Of these students, 584 received undergraduate degrees and 365 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 98 $32,900
Liberal Arts General Studies 41 $30,400
Health & Physical Education 36 NA
Nursing 24 $54,100
General Psychology 17 NA
General Biology 17 NA
Sociology 16 NA
General English Literature 16 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15 NA
Music 11 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

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 2017-2018, 1,595 students took at least one online class at Adams State University. This is a decrease from the 1,813 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,595 1,427
2016-2017 1,813 1,560
2015-2016 1,545 1,112
2014-2015 1,525 1,338
2013-2014 1,381 1,091

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