Admission Requirements

Adams State University welcomes all applications for admission. Students should have an Index Score of 80 or higher, based on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education Admission Index. The Index combines your high school grade point average with your ACT or SAT scores. An 80 Index Score, for example, is equivalent to a 2.4 high school GPA combined with a 19 ACT or 900 composite SAT score. Lower ACT/SAT scores can be combined with higher GPAs in order to reach an 80 Index Score, and vice versa. Index Scores of less than 80 but higher than 70 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Adams State University does attract many high-quality students. As an example, the average GPA of a recent incoming class was 3.2, and the average enhanced ACT score was 20.8 NOTE: If applying for scholarships or financial aid, prospective students must be admitted by March 15.


First-time freshmen should complete the following steps for admission to Adams State University. Those needing clarification or any further assistance should call the Office of Admissions at (800) 824-6494:

  1. Send a completed application for admission, including the $30 application fee or complete our online application.
  2. Ask your high school counselor to send your official high school transcript directly to the following address:
    Adams State College
    Office of Admissions
    Alamosa, CO 81102
  3. Notify the testing authority to send official copies of your ACT or SAT scores directly to the Adams State College Office of Admissions. Our ACT code is 0496, and our SAT code is 4001.

Transfer Students

Transfer students entering from an accredited college or university are required to submit official transcripts with a minimum of 13 transferable credit hours and a 2.3 cumulative GPA or higher.

Graduate Students

International Student Admission

Adams State University welcomes international students. To be considered for admission to ASU, international students need to submit the following:

  1. Completed Online Application.
  2. Provide verification of financial support.
  3. $25 admission application fee.
  4. Proof of English proficiency.
  5. Academic transcripts translated into English.

A score of 550 or better on the TOEFL exam or successful completion of level 109 in an ESL program will satisfy the English proficiency requirement. College or university level work completed outside the United States will be accepted directly in transfer only if the college or university is accredited by one of the U.S. regional accrediting association.

Non-Degree Admission

A student who is interested in taking classes, but is not interested in a degree program, may be accepted to Adams State University on a non-degree status. To be considered for non-degree admission, the student must complete a non-degree admission application and submit it to the Office of Admissions.

Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid. If a non-degree student wishes to change his/her status to degree seeking, the student must provide complete academic information, test scores, and other required information to the Office of Admissions.

For more information contact the Office of Admissions, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO 81102.


Adams State University welcomes the opportunity to assist qualified veterans with academic plans and preparation for the future. The college considers, on an individual basis, the needs, interests, and purposes of veterans who desire to continue their education. The University is authorized by the Colorado State Approving Agency for veterans education in accordance with federal law to educate students receiving benefits through the Veterans Administration.