About Adams State University

"Great Stories Begin Here" is not simply a slogan at Adams State University. Student success is the result of our caring campus culture.

Our highly qualified faculty focus on teaching and excellence within their disciplines.

Transformation & Growth

Adams State has entered a new era of growth, recording an all-time high enrollment of 3,701.

The campus has been transformed, with $65 million worth of improvements nearly complete.  

An intimate campus with tree-lined walkways, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, supportive programs, and vibrant student life await Adams State students.

Founded in 1921 as a teachers' college, Adams State is a university offering undergraduate majors, minors and emphases.  ASU also offers master's degree programs and a doctoral program – most offered online. New academic programs are developed to address student and societal need.

Expanding Opportunity

As the Regional Education Provider for southern Colorado, Adams State is crucial to enhancing the area's educational opportunity, economic development, and cultural enrichment. Adams State emphasizes its historic commitment to under-served populations, including underrepresented minorities, first-generation, and low-income students.

Adams State was Colorado's first higher education institution to be federally designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Since 2000, the university has been awarded a total of $14.1 million in Title V grants designed to strengthen HSIs. Two five-year grants totaling $6.1 million are currently underway.

Here's what our Students say

Teresa Spencer:

As a nontraditional student at Adams State, I am not treated any differently by students or professors.

I am asked by fellow students to join study groups. And when the ASL (American Sign Langage) Club found out I was interested in ASL, they asked me to join them and learn more. When you are trying to find a location on campus, everyone is willing to help, some will even walk you there.

I did an internship with the Rio Grande County Sheriff Office, and it helped me understand the law better. I was offered a job, and became a sergeant.

Join us!

Adams State is distinguished by caring professors, small classes, and a diverse, yet close-knit community. This environment fosters student engagement, and individual attention helps students achieve their best.