Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is Adams State Located?

What does the San Luis Valley have to offer?

What is the cost for an international student for one year at Adams State University?

Please note that these numbers are approximate and are subject to changes based on yearly evaluations.

Tuition and Fees: $19,086
Less Experience Colorado Scholarship: ($5,000)

Total Tuition and Fees: $14086

Living Expenses $7,700
Books and Supplies $2,709

Total Yearly Cost (approximate) $24,495

How do I apply for admission?

Admissions Process

International students are required to submit the following:
  1. Application for undergraduate admission
  2. Application fee.
  3. Official high school transcript (First-time freshmen) OR Official college transcripts (Transfers)
  4. Official transcript translation and credential evaluation.
  5. Official TOEFL score report.
  6. Verification of financial support.

When should international applicants turn in applications for admission and other required documents?

Deadlines for application for admission: All paperwork must be received by the date indicated.

    Deadline:   Semester Begins:
Fall semester:   June 1   August
Spring semester:   November 1   January
Summer semester:   March 1   May

Please contact: Eric Carpio, Assistant VP of Enrollment Management, 208 Edgemont Boulevard, Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado 81101 or call 1-719-587-7802 or 1-800-824-6494

What are your minimum TOEFL requirements?

Adams State University requires a 550 on the paper-based, a 213 on the computer-based, or a 79 on the internet-based exam.

What is a credential evaluation and are their recommended agencies?

International students are required to have their transcripts translated into English AND evaluated by an authorized agency. Authorized agencies are:

World Education Services
Foundation for
International Services, Inc.

Do you require an essay?

Personal essays, letters of recommendation, and other materials not included above are optional.

When Do I Need to Apply for My Student Visa?

What is the process for applying for a student visa?

Are international students eligible for financial loans or scholarships?

Freshmen international students with an 80 admissions index or higher and transfer international students with a 2.0 GPA or higher will receive the Experience Colorado Scholarship, valued at $5,000 per year, renewable for all four years at Adams State University. International students may also apply for private scholarships offered through the Adams State University Foundation and/or other private agencies.

Below are additional resources for International Students:

  • NAFSA: Financial Aid for Undergraduate International Students:
  • International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search:

How much funding is required to meet the requirement for financial support?

International students must provide financial certification showing the availability of approximately $29,495 US or the equivalent in another currency. Affidavit of Support, recent bank statements, and/or scholarship awards are acceptable. This amount is adjusted yearly with the evaluation of tuition and fees. Please contact us if you have any questions on this amount.

Can international students work on campus?

International students on an F-1 student VISA are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week in an on-campus job. However, keep in mind that many work-study positions are only available for 10-12 hours per week. Work-study positions are not guaranteed and students must apply for individual positions.

When will I receive my I-20?

An international student will receive his/her I-20 via FedEx following the completion of the admissions process and after formal acceptance to Adams State University. If you have questions regarding your I-20, you should direct those questions to the Principal Designated School Official:

Eric Carpio,


  • SEVIS Information:
  • Visa Information: