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 #34 among the Top 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. for 2017. 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 its 2017 edition of The Best 380 Colleges and is featured on the following Top 20 lists:

  • #5 Best Quality of Life
  • #5 Best College Dorms
  • #7 Most Liberal Students
  • #7 Best Classroom Experience
  • #12 Most Beautiful Campus
  • #13 Best Campus Food

Scripps is also ranked among the nation’s top schools for return on education in the February 2016 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.

U.S. News & World Report

Scripps College ranks 23rd on the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of America’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges for 2017. Scripps ranks high—22nd 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 2016 Scripps College was ranked #24 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 83 in its Top Colleges 2016 list. Scripps comes in at 14 in the national publication’s Top 25 Western Colleges list, 69th in best private colleges and #40 in Liberal Arts Universities.