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Adams State College: Narrative Description


208 Edgemont Blvd.
Alamosa, CO 81102
Tel: (719)587-7011
Free: 800-824-6494
Admissions: (719)587-7712
Fax: (719)587-7522
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1921. Setting: 90-acre small town campus. Endowment: $6.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7141 per student. Total enrollment: 6,111. Faculty: 211 (100 full-time, 111 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,846 applied, 63% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 54% from top half. Full-time: 1,647 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 729 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 56 states and territories, 6 other countries, 17% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 28% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 20% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 54% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Consortium of State Colleges in Colorado.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $1818 full-time, $91 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7510 full-time, $375 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $785 full-time, $29.70 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $9240. College room only: $3160. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Student Ambassadors, Program Council, Circle K, Tri Beta. Major annual events: homecoming, Snow Daze, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,126 college housing spaces available; 898 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Nielsen Library with 493,581 books, 842,498 microform titles, 614 serials, 3,796 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $305,019. 353 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in the center of San Luis Valley, an extensive grazing and farming area larger than the state of Connecticut, Alamosa is completely surrounded by mountain ranges. It has an ideal climate, with an average yearly temperature of 65 degrees. A commuter airline and a bus line serve the area. Alamosa has churches, radio stations, libraries, hotels and motels, a hospital and a number of civic, social, cultural, fraternal and veterans organizations.

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