Scripps and The Claremont Colleges

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As a member of The Claremont Colleges, Scripps is in the unique position of offering both a small-school, women’s college environment and the resources of a mid-sized university. With more than 5,700 undergraduates in Claremont, Scripps students can take advantage of the rich academic, cultural, and social opportunities the 5C community has to offer.

Who are the 5Cs?

The five undergraduate colleges in Claremont – Scripps, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges – are commonly referred to as the 5Cs. The Claremont Colleges also include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.

Just steps from the Scripps College campus are the students, faculty, classes, clubs, and activities of the other undergraduate Claremont colleges — all within about one square mile. That means five times the opportunities for Scripps students, and a wealth of shared resources and opportunities.

Each of the Claremont Colleges has its own student body, faculty, administration, campus, curricular emphasis, and individual style and purpose. And yet, the colleges form a mutually beneficial partnership to offer joint academic programs and cross-registration in courses, to cultivate special curricular strengths on which the others may draw, to encourage contact and cooperation among faculty and students from different campuses, and to combine physical facilities and extracurricular programs.

What Are the Benefits of the 5Cs?

You’ll find Scripps’ place as a women’s college in a multi-college community gives you a unique vantage point, a different view of the world than any single liberal arts college can provide.

Whether you’re interested in fun and friendship, leadership opportunities, supporting a good cause, or learning something new, the 5Cs guarantee you’ll find what you’re looking for. Each college supports its own clubs and organizations and plans its own events, including music festivals, distinguished guest speakers, discussions, and parties — most of which are open to all 5C students.

Benefits by the numbers:

  • 5,000+ total undergraduate students
  • 2,000+ undergraduate courses
  • 350+ clubs and organizations
  • Division III NCAA athletic departments
  • 4 fitness centers
  • 5 swimming pools
  • 7 dining halls
  • 9 performing arts centers
  • 12 playing fields
  • 2 million volumes in the libraries of The Claremont Colleges
  • 150 public events sponsored by the five colleges each month
  • Tremendous science opportunities, including graduate-level research, through the W.M. Keck Science Department

Members of the Claremont Colleges

  • Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective liberal arts college educating leaders in business and public affairs;
  • Harvey Mudd College offers undergraduate programs in engineering, science and mathematics, while also emphasizing the humanities and social sciences. The school produces highly competent scientists, mathematicians and engineers who understand the impact of their work on society;
  • Pitzer College’s curriculum emphasizes the social and behavioral sciences, particularly psychology, sociology, anthropology and political studies;
  • Pomona College is the oldest of The Claremont Colleges, founded in 1887. It offers a traditional liberal arts program, with majors in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences;
  • Claremont Graduate University offers master’s and doctoral degrees in the humanities and social sciences, government, economics, mathematics, botany, management and education; and
  • Keck Graduate Institute is the first American graduate school dedicated exclusively to the emerging fields of the applied life sciences.

The Claremont University Consortium

Honnold LibraryThe Claremont University Consortium provides the academic resources commensurate with a thriving intellectual community. Here are just some of the resources available: