Adams State University

Adams State University

Address : 208 Edgemont Blvd, 81101,, Alomosa, Colorado , USA

Contact : +1 719-587-7011  Email :

About Adams State University, Colorado , USA

Adams State University (ASU) is a small, state-supported liberal arts university in Alamosa, Colorado, U.S., in the San Luis Valley, home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. ASU offers undergraduate programs in physical and social sciences, in fine arts, business and nursing, and specializes in educator curricula in several disciplines. ASU also offers graduate degrees in, among others, history, art, business (MBA), and educator programs, including counselor education. There is also a postgraduate (PhD) program in counselor education. The University has an active athletic program, both in participatory sports and in athletics educator training; the Adams State Grizzlies intramural teams compete under the auspices of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • ASU was founded in 1921 as a teacher's college. Billy Adams, a Colorado legislator who would later become a three-term governor of Colorado, worked for three decades before obtaining the authorization to found Adams State Normal School in 1921, to provide higher education opportunities for teachers from remote and rural areas of Colorado, such as the San Luis Valley, and see them work in those same areas.
  • In 1926, Harriet Dalzell Hester became the university's first graduate. She became the school's first librarian and an Alamosa County school superintendent.
  • On May 22, 2012, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill changing the name from Adams State College to Adams State University. The change became official on August 7, 2012

Courses Offered by Adams State University

Graduate Program

  • Art
  • Boettcher Teacher Residency
  • Business - MBA Program
  • Counselor Education - M.A. & Ph.D
  • Higher Education Administration & Leadership
  • Humanities - American History
  • Humanities - Cultural Resource Management
  • Humanities - Public Administration
  • Human Performance and Physical Education
  • Music Education
  • Teacher Education

Under Graduate Program

  • Adventure Leadership & Programming
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Earth Sciences
  • English
  • History
  • Human Performance & Physical Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Latino Studies
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics & Pre-Engineering
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Professional
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport Psychology
  • Teacher Education
  • Theatre
  • Women's Studies

Admission Process at Adams State University

Graduate Student

  • This classification denotes a student who has been officially admitted to a graduate degree, licensure, or endorsement program.
  • A student may be admitted conditionally or unconditionally.
  • Graduate students taking at least three (3) credit hours per semester are considered part-time. Graduate students taking six (6) or more credit hours per semester are considered full-time.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Non-Degree Seeking (Graduate)

  • This classification is intended primarily for students who desire course credit only and do not wish to pursue a new degree, license, or endorsement.
  • Enrollment in graduate level coursework is on a space available basis and may require departmental approval. Graduate courses in Counselor Education are not available to non-degree seeking students.
  • It may also apply to students who have applied for admission to a graduate program but have not yet been accepted.
    • A maximum of 12 credit hours may be counted toward the MA degree requirements in the Graduate Special status.
    • Graduate Special Students are not eligible for financial aid or student loan deferment.

ASU Facilities and Infrastructure


ASU is located in the heart of the San Luis Valley. All of the university's academic and residential buildings are located on its contiguous 90-acre (36.4-hectare) campus. Alamosa has a population of about 9,133.

Academic buildings

  • The main administration building and oldest building on campus is Richardson Hall, named after the school's first president, Dr. Ira Richardson. The home of the math and science curriculum, Porter Hall, is named for alumnus William A. Porter, the creator of E-Trade and a major benefactor of the school.
  • McDaniel Hall, named for donor and emeritus faculty member Dr. John McDaniel, is the main venue for English, psychology, history, sociology, and teacher education classes.
  • Campus edifices for the performing arts include the ASU Theater (erected in 2001), the Music Building (which underwent major renovations in 2011) and the Leon Memorial Concert Hall.

Athletic facilities

  • There are two gyms and an indoor pool. The Rex Activity Center for student recreation includes weights, exercise bikes and a basketball court, and Plachy Hall includes the gym and indoor pool and field house as part of the Athletics Department.
  • The Rex Stadium has undergone major renovation including the addition of the Residence at the Rex. The new complex includes suites for game viewing.
  • The new residence hall provides one of the most impressive views, with a view of Mount Blanca (one of the 14ers of Colorado) to the east and overlooking the track and football field to the west. A new $750,000 video-tron screen displays action and replays at one end of the field.


There are currently six on-campus apartment complexes (Houtchens, McCurry, Moffat, Petteys, Savage and Residence at the Rex) that include private bedrooms for two to three students, a kitchen/living room and private bath, in addition to three traditional dormitory halls (Conour, Coronado and Girault). Most entering freshmen are housed in Coronado and Girault Halls. The main cafeteria, La Mesa Dining Hall, in the Student Union Building is newly renovated.

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