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Get the facts about Adams State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Adams State University Ranked?

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

Overall Quality

Adams State landed the #1,431 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Adams State is also ranked #18 out of 23 schools in Colorado.

See all of the rankings for Adams State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Adams State?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 99%, Adams State University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

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 at Adams State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 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 1,997 undergraduates at Adams State with 1,483 being full-time and 514 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Adams State make around $35,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is about 12% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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

Location of Adams State University

Adams State University is a public institution located in Alamosa, Colorado. Alamosa is a good match 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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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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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