Applying to Scripps College

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.

Application Checklist

  • 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

Learn more about applying to Scripps as a:

*Applicants may only apply under one admission plan for each term (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, Regular Decision, or Transfer Admission).

Evaluation Process

We are committed to a holistic and thorough evaluation of each application. Generally speaking, 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 want to admit applicants who are likely to be successful in the challenging academic program offered at Scripps, and beyond that we look for students who have shown intellectual engagement in and passion for at least one academic field. In addition, we try to imagine what the applicant would be like as a member of the Scripps community. If you envision yourself at Scripps, conveying this information in your application may help us envision you here too!

To learn more about our evaluation process, please click here.

Financial Aid

At Scripps, 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. You will find a wealth of information on the Office of Financial Aid website. We understand that families often have extenuating or complicated financial circumstances. Please feel free contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone at 909.621.8275 to discuss your specific situation.

Merit-based Scholarships

Scripps College offers several types of merit-based scholarships, ranging from $15,000 to $22,000. These scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated academic performance and school or community involvement.

All applicants to the College—with the exception of transfer applicants—are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. 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.

Approximately 34% of the students admitted to the Scripps Class of 2017 were awarded merit-based scholarships.

Questions about merit-based scholarships should be directed to the Office of Admission at 909.621.8149 or

Important Application & Interview 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 2014 Early Decision I & International Fall 2014
Early Decision II & International
Fall 2014
Regular Decision & International
Spring 2015
Transfer & International
Fall 2015
Transfer & International
College Scholarship Service(CSS) PROFILE
Code 4693
November 15 January 2 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
2013 Federal Tax Returns and W-2 Forms to IDOC March 1 March 1 March 1 March 1 March 1
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (California Residents) March 2 March 2 March 2 March 2 March 2