About Scripps College

Scripps College Impact

Our exceptional students are engaged in research, undertake a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, study abroad, and preparing to make a difference in their communities after graduation make an impact. Our outstanding faculty, who are committed to academic excellence and dedication to student learning make an impact. And our passionate alumnae, who are in the world living the mission of the College—contributing to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity—make an impact. Discover more about the Scripps College impact.

Student Impact

  • 1,077 full-time (from 2017-2018 census)
  • 94% of first-year students were in the top quarter of their high school class
  • 5% live on campus in one of Scripps’ 10 residence halls
  • Just over 75% work on-campus, and 100% have worked within The Claremont Colleges at some point during their four years at Scripps.

Faculty Impact

  • 85 full-time faculty members (including W.M. Keck Science Department)
  • 96% hold PhDs or other appropriate terminal degrees
  • 10:1 student faculty ratio

Academic Impact

  • Average class size: 16
  • Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, the College’s signature, interdisciplinary approach to learning—
  • Courses include: Dream Factories: Cinema in Theory and in Practice; Reading and Writing LGBTQ Lives; Capitalism and Critique; Postcolonial Anxieties: Unpacking Europe/Unyoking Africa
    • 50 majors at Scripps
    • On average, one in four students choose to double or dual major
    • A senior thesis is required of all Scripps graduates, where students work closely with advising professors on their research paper, project, or performance.

Scripps Experience Impact

  • Nearly 90% of Scripps students hold at least one internship, and over 1 in 3 report completing three or more. Companies and organizations Scripps students have interned with include Amigos de las Americas, Merrill Lynch, Los Angeles Times, Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES), and Warner Bros. Studios.
  • Nearly 60% of students choose to study abroad in 65 countries.
  • Capstone Day, formally adopted as a Scripps tradition in 2009, is a day each May when the entire Scripps community comes together to celebrate and showcase the accomplishments of the Senior class.
  • Leadership opportunities: Scripps Associated Students (SAS) is the student governing body of Scripps College. In Scripps Clubs and Organizations (CLORGS), women hold every student leadership position on campus: government, clubs, organizations— and even on Board of Trustees committees.

Consortium ImpactThe Claremont Colleges

The Scripps experience is amplified by The Claremont Colleges, a group of five prestigious undergraduate and two graduate institutions that more than 7,700 students and 550 faculty call home. Students have the opportunity to choose from more than 2,000 courses and 65 majors.

Through the consortium, students have access to:

  • 5 swimming pools
  • 4 fitness centers
  • 7 dining halls
  • 12 playing fields

Support Impact

  • Scripps College meets 100% of admitted students’ demonstrated need.
  • More than half of Scripps students receive financial aid through grants, scholarships, work study, and loans.
  • Average student debt upon graduation is $19,639—well below the national average.
  • IDEA:  As part of its ongoing focus on strengthening a campus-wide culture of inclusion, in 2013, Scripps College established the IDEA Initiative, a comprehensive plan to align resources, programs, and events to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access throughout the Scripps community.

Graduates Impact

  • 95% of alumnae five years out, who responded to an alumnae survey, indicated that they are satisfied or very satisfied with their Scripps College education (from the HEDS alumni survey administered in 2018).
  • 83% of graduating seniors would choose to go to Scripps again if they could start over (from the Class of 2018 NSSE survey).
  • 15% of Scripps graduates plan to pursue graduate or professional degrees within their first year of graduation
  • Scripps graduates attend top national graduate schools, including the University of Chicago, Columbia, University of Michigan, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Over 30% of Scripps graduates begin work full-time within three months of graduation
  • Graduates work for a variety of companies and organizations, including 21st Century Fox, Morgan Stanley, Politicorps, Teach For America, and Analysis Group.
  • Scripps students have the opportunity to meet with recruiters visiting all five colleges, as well as attend job fairs and participate in on-campus interviews

National Impact

  • Ranked a top 30 liberal arts college by S. News & World Report (2019 rankings)
  • The Princeton Review rates Scripps “#16 Best Quality of Life,” “#13 Best Classroom Experience,” and “#12 Most Beautiful Campus (2019 edition).
  • The College has been listed among America’s most beautiful college campuses by Forbes, The Princeton Review, Travel & Leisure magazine, and Business Insider.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Scripps as a top 25 Fulbright producing school among its category, with six Fulbright awardees in 2017.

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 2019. Scripps ranks high—16th 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.

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.

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review included Scripps College in its 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges and is featured on the following Top 20 lists:

  • #16 Best Quality of Life
  • #3 Best College Dorms
  • #8 Most Liberal Students
  • #3 Best Classroom Experience
  • #12 Most Beautiful Campus

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 2016. 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.


Forbes Magazine ranks Scripps College one of America’s top colleges, with an overall ranking of 63 in its Top Colleges 2018 list. Scripps comes in at 10 in the national publication’s Top 25 Western Colleges list, 51st in best private colleges, and 24 in Liberal Arts Universities.