About Scripps College

Rankings and Achievements

Scripps College continues to be ranked highly among the most academically prestigious colleges in the country. Again this year, The Princeton Review named Scripps one of the country’s best colleges due to its accessible professors, rigorous academics, and high quality of life – categories that underscore the College’s commitment to access and excellence.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Scripps College as #44 among the Top 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. for 2018, and #82 among all colleges. Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Scripps College has appeared on the Kiplinger list multiple times over the years.

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review included Scripps College in six of its Top 20 lists for the 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges:

  • #3 Best College Dorms
  • #8 Most Liberal Students
  • #12 Most Beautiful Campus
  • #13 Best Classroom Experience
  • #16 Best Quality of Life
  • #21 Best Schools for Internships

U.S. News & World Report

Scripps College ranks 26th on the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of America’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges for 2018. Scripps ranks high—21st overall—among high school counselors surveyed. Counselors were asked to rate schools based on their insights and knowledge, in addition to their views of each college’s academic record, curriculum, faculty, programs, and graduates. In addition, in 2018 Scripps College was ranked #14 as a National Liberal Arts College with the least debt.

Top-tier placement by U.S. News & World Report is measured by key factors such as academic reputation, selectivity and faculty resources. Assessment of data from several national liberal arts colleges are gathered from each college and used as indicators of academic excellence.


Forbes magazine ranks Scripps College one of America’s top colleges, with an overall ranking of #16 in its Top Liberal Arts Colleges 2017 list. Scripps comes in at #8 in the national publication’s Top 25 Western Colleges list, and #43 in Forbes’ ranking of the country’s Top 50 Colleges.