About Scripps College

The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.

Our campus is in Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. We are less than an hour from Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean, world-class skiing, the Mojave Desert, and Disneyland.

An Educational Experience Like No Other

Scripps College is a top-ranked national liberal arts college and a member of The Claremont Colleges. Scripps offers an intense learning experience with small classes on a campus famous for its beauty, and its approximately 950 students enjoy the individualized attention of expert and approachable professors in a tight-knit community.

As part of The Claremont Colleges — a consortium comprising Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges — Scripps provides the benefits of a mid-size university through shared facilities, co-curricular activities, and the ability to cross-register at any or all of the colleges.

Scripps offers an educational experience like no other, where students have the advantages of both a women’s liberal arts college and a community of four other prestigious colleges a short walk away — and the professors know their students’ names.


The Scripps academic program launches with its three-semester Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, a sequence of seminars exposing students to major concepts and debates shaping modern intellectual thought, and culminates with senior thesis, a project, written document, or creative performance designed by each student.

Combined, these experiences offer a high-impact set of practices; most colleges offer only one, at most. NSSE data supports the level to which students value the analysis, synthesis, critical reading and writing and other skills enhanced through the Scripps approach.


  • Average class size is 16980 students representing 47 states and 21 countries
  • Top states represented: California, Washington, Oregon, New York Massachusetts, Illinois, Hawaii, Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut
  • Top countries represented: Botswana, China, Ghana, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand
  • Students of color: 36%
  • 114 faculty: 88 full-time, 26 part-time
  • 99% possess a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree
  • 58% of full-time faculty are women
  • Minority: 27%
  • Tenured: 71%

Student/faculty ratio is 10:1 in Claremont (including Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program).


Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Scripps’ 32-acre campus is widely recognized as one of America’s most beautiful college campuses.

  • 2000 classes per semester38 courtyards
  • 19 fountains and ponds
  • 22 varieties of edible plants on campus
  • 76 species of trees on campus, including orange and olive trees from which students pick fruit

The average temperature in Claremont, California, is 63 degrees F, with an average high of 77 degrees and low of 50 degrees. Scripps has approximately 280 sunny days and 17.3 inches of rain annually.

Our campus is 20 minutes from skiing at Mt. Baldy; 50 minutes from entertainment, shopping and dining in downtown Los Angeles; 55 minutes from camping at Joshua Tree; and one hour from surfing at Huntington Beach.


The College is a top-30 national liberal arts college as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and was named one of the country’s best colleges due to its accessible professors, rigorous academics, and high quality of life by the 2016 Princeton Review, which ranks Scripps College #16 in the nation for best financial aid. Forbes magazine ranks Scripps College one of America’s top colleges, with an overall ranking of 80 in its Top Colleges 2015 list.