Scripps College

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1030 Columbia Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8149
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
Jan. 2
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Scripps College is a private institution that was founded in 1926. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 945, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 37 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Scripps College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 25. Its tuition and fees are $45,564 (2013-14).

Scripps College, a liberal arts women’s college, is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in Claremont, Calif., at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Scripps is a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium, which also includes Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Pitzer College and Harvey Mudd College. There are a variety of student clubs on campus, ranging from cultural organizations to academic interest groups, recreational clubs to fine arts and performing groups. Most students live on campus in one of the nine residence halls or apartments. A few popular campus locations are the Motley Coffeehouse, a nonprofit, student-run coffee house, and the Sallie Tiernan Field House, a state-of-the-art athletics and fitness center. Scripps fields joint athletic teams with Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd, known as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas.

The Core Curriculum at Scripps consists of three courses in the humanities all centered on the theme of "Culture, Knowledge and Representation." In addition to the Core Curriculum, the school requires that students take courses in the fine arts, letters, natural sciences, social sciences, race and ethnic studies, gender and women’s studies, foreign languages and mathematics. Scripps gives credit for many off-campus study programs in countries all over the world such as Israel, Morocco, Greece, South Africa and Denmark. Scripps has its own font - Scripps College Old Style - and printing press, the Scripps College Press.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

For the women of Scripps College, academic and extracurricular opportunities abound. Students work with a faculty of distinguished teachers, scholars, and researchers who believe their first responsibility is to stimulate and support undergraduate learning. Seminar-style classes taught only by professors--never teaching assistants--ensure that students share ideas in a supportive, interactive atmosphere. At the cornerstone of Scripps' academic program is the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, which challenges Scripps women not only to think, but to think about the way they think. The Core program looks at the many connections among culture, knowledge, and representation across a number of disciplines, encouraging students' critical awareness of the limits of disciplinary methods and theories. Scripps' Off Campus Study program further encourages students to apply their learning to global experiences by studying abroad for a semester or a year. And by requiring a senior thesis based on research in the major, Scripps stimulates independent thought and a lifelong commitment to original inquiry. As a result of their superb liberal arts education, Scripps graduates go on to attend some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the nation and take on leadership positions in a wide range of fields and endeavors.

As part of The Claremont Colleges, a community unique to American higher education, Scripps offers its students the best of both worlds. Students receive the personal attention of a small residential college while benefiting from the academic and social resources of a larger university. With five undergraduate colleges literally next door to one another, The Claremont Colleges provides expanded intellectual, athletic, and extracurricular opportunities to students and faculty at each of the individual colleges. The Joint Science Department, a collaboration of Scripps, Pitzer, and Claremont McKenna Colleges, allows students to take advantage of remarkable research opportunities in pre-medicine and science; Scripps' science students frequently receive national recognition for their work.

Scripps' Claremont location gives students easy access to Los Angeles beaches as well as San Gabriel Mountain skiing, and all the offerings and energy of Southern California. Scripps' campus, considered one of the most beautiful in the United States, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scripps remains a women's college because it believes that having women at the core of its concerns provides the best environment for intellectually ambitious women to learn from a distinguished faculty and from each other. The College's largely residential population of fewer than 1,000 students encourages women to actively participate in their community and to develop a sense of personal and social responsibility. Scripps believes that this form of challenging and individualized education will best prepare women for lives of confidence and success.

A current student sums up her college experience so far: The small-campus atmosphere of Scripps provides me with the comfort and support I need to create a home away from home, but it never lets me settle. I have been pushed and encouraged to expand my community and breadth of learning at every opportunity. The students and professors here are incredibly passionate and active; many classes and campus groups, as well as the academic emphasis on off-campus study, allow us to pursue our goals and get involved with external communities and organizations, extending the Scripps family well beyond the walls of Honnold Gate. I thank my college for this unique experience.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1926
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $256,996,859


When applying to Scripps College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 2, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 2. The application fee at Scripps College is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 32.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 32.4%
Application deadline January 2
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 2

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Scripps College is 10:1, and the school has 74.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Scripps College include: Psychology, General; Communication and Media Studies; Fine and Studio Arts; Political Science and Government; and Economics. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 85%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 13%
Communication and Media Studies 6%
Fine and Studio Arts 6%
Political Science and Government 6%
Economics 5%

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Student Life

Scripps College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 945, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 94.9 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 5.1 percent of students live off campus. Scripps College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 962
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Scripps College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Scripps College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Scripps College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Scripps College, 43.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $34,362.

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Tuition and fees $45,564 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,006 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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