Applying to Scripps

To guide you through the application process, we’ve listed many of the frequently asked questions below. Please visit our TransferInternational, Homeschooled, and Questbridge FAQ pages for more detailed information. If your question isn’t listed, we encourage you to contact the Office of Admission at admission@scrippscollege.edu or 909-621-8149.

  1. How does Scripps review applications?
  2. What materials are required to apply?
  3. What standardized tests does Scripps require? Can I send multiple test scores?
  4. What courses are required for admission to Scripps?
  5. Should I take honors, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses? How does Scripps consider AP or IB test scores?
  6. Does Scripps require interviews for admission? When and where can I interview?
  7. How does Scripps consider applications from transgender students?
  8. What is the difference between Early Decision and Regular Decision?
  9. Can the application fee be waived?

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  1. Does Scripps offer need-based financial aid?
  2. Does Scripps offer merit-based scholarships?

Admission & Financial Aid Deadlines


How does Scripps review applications?

Scripps College is committed to a holistic and thorough review of each application. When evaluating applications, admission officers carefully consider the following factors: academic program and performance, standardized test scores, personal essay, recommendations, and co-curricular activities. We are looking for students who have done well in a rigorous curriculum and have strong support from their school, as well as test scores to back up their academic achievements. We also try to imagine what the applicant would be like as a member of the Scripps community. We like students to be engaged inside and outside of the classroom.

What materials are required to apply?

  • Common Application – including questions on the Scripps College Member Screen
  • $60 application fee
  • School Report and counselor recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations, preferably from junior or senior year classes
  • Official transcript(s) from all secondary schools attended
  • Official SAT Reasoning or ACT with Writing scores

What standardized tests does Scripps require? Can I send multiple test scores?

Scripps College requires that applicants submit official SAT Reasoning and/or ACT with Writing scores. Best SAT score is determined by combining the highest score received on each section from any combination of testing dates. Best ACT score is determined by the single testing date with the highest composite score. International students for whom English is not their first language must also submit either the TOEFL or IELTS. While not required, SAT Subject Tests are also accepted.

What courses are required for admission to Scripps College?

There are no specific courses required for admission. However, the recommended course of study is five academic subjects in each year of high school, including:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3+ years of mathematics (through the level of precalculus or higher)
  • 3+ years of social studies
  • 3+ years of science (biology, chemistry, and/or physics)
  • Either three years of a foreign language or two years each of two different languages – one year may be taken before high school

Should I take honors, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses? How does Scripps consider AP or IB test scores?

Applicants are encouraged to select Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other advanced-level courses at their high school when available.

Students who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) high school courses will receive one elective course credit for achieving exemplary scores (4 or 5 on AP exams and 5, 6 or 7 on IB exams). A maximum of four such elective course credits will count toward the degree, but may not be used toward the 16-course residence requirement. The appropriate Scripps academic department will determine waiver of major requirements or placement into advanced courses based upon AP or IB courses and scores. Elective credit granted for AP and IB credit will not meet general education requirements.

Does Scripps require interviews for admission? When and where can I interview?

An interview can give you the opportunity to discuss your interests and goals and to learn more about Scripps. Interviews are not required for admission, and students are not at a disadvantage if they are not able to interview.

Students may interview after May 1 of their junior year, and the deadline for first-year applicants to interview is December 15. On-campus interviews can be scheduled as part of your visit to Scripps; alternatively, off-campus interviews may be available in your local area. Please visit the Transfer page for information about interviewing as a transfer student.

How does Scripps consider applications from transgender students?

Scripps will consider all applicants who indicate their legal sex as female submitted through the Common Application, in addition to applicants who self-identity as women. Therefore, an applicant assigned male at birth who self-identifies as a woman is eligible to be considered for admission. On the other hand, applicants who indicate their legal sex as male submitted through the Common Application and who self-identify as men are not eligible to be considered for admission. Scripps does not require government issued documentation to verify sex or gender identity. To better understand our admission policy as it relates to gender identity and inclusion, please visit our Policy FAQ page.

What is the difference between Early Decision and Regular Decision?

Early Decision is an excellent option for students who know that Scripps is their top-choice college. Early Decision is a binding process that provides an early application review and notification of admission decision. Applicants who are admitted Early Decision I or II must withdraw their application(s) to other colleges and enroll at Scripps. Applicants may only apply under one admission plan for each term (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, Regular Decision, or Transfer Admission). The deadline for Early Decision I is November 15 and Early Decision II is January 1 (the same day as Regular Decision).

Regular Decision is our traditional application option and the majority of admitted students are evaluated and offered admission during Regular Decision. The application deadline for Regular Decision is January 1.

Can the application fee be waived?

Yes. If the $60 application fee is a financial burden on you or your family, you can request a fee waiver on the Profile screen in the Common Application Fee Waiver section.

Does Scripps offer need-based financial aid?

Yes. Scripps College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for admitted students. Financial aid for first-year applicants is awarded at the time of admission. Submission of the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and FAFSA is required for first-year students who wish to be considered for financial aid. We understand that financing an education can be a confusing and sometimes daunting task. We are committed to working with families to best understand a student’s individual financial situation and will do our best to provide concise, timely information. Feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid at 909-621-8275 or refer to our Financial Aid Requirements and Deadline page.

Does Scripps offer merit-based scholarships?

Yes, all applicants to the College—with the exception of transfer applicants—are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. These scholarships range from $10,000 to $22,000 per year. Scholarships are awarded to applicants whose strong academic performance and school or community involvement indicate that they will add vitality and intellectual value to our campus. Notification of scholarships takes place at the time of admission and the scholarships are renewable for each of the student’s four years at the College. Scripps does not require an early deadline for scholarship consideration. Questions about merit-based scholarships should be directed to the Office of Admission at 909-621-8149 or admission@scrippscollege.edu.

Admission & Financial Aid Deadlines

Early Decision I

Application Deadline November 15
Interview Deadline November 15
Notification Date Mid-December
Candidate’s Reply January 15

Early Decision II

Application Deadline January 1
Interview Deadline December 15
Notification Date Mid-February
Candidate’s Reply March 2

Regular Decision

Application Deadline January 1
Interview Deadline December 15
Notification Date By April 1
Candidate’s Reply May 1

Spring Transfer

Application Deadline November 1
Interview Deadline November 15
Notification Date Mid-December
Candidate’s Reply January 1

Fall Transfer

Application Deadline April 1
Interview Deadline April 15
Notification Date Mid-May
Candidate’s Reply June 1

Financial Aid

For more information about financial aid, please visit their website.

Fall 2015 Early Decision I & International Fall 2015
Early Decision II & International
Fall 2015
Regular Decision & International
Spring 2016
Transfer & International
Fall 2015
Transfer & International
College Scholarship Service(CSS) PROFILE
Code 4693
November 15 January 1 February 1 November 15 March 2
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*
Code 001174*
U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens
February 1 February 1 February 1 February 1 March 2
International Student Certification of Finance**
Financial aid for international applicants is limited.
November 15 January 1 January 1 November 1 April 1
Receive Conditional Financial Aid Notification Mid-December Mid-February April 1 Mid-December Mid-May
2014 Federal Tax Returns and W-2 Forms to IDOC March 2 March 2 March 1 March 2 March 2
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (California Residents) March 2 March 2 March 2 March 2 March 2