First-Year Applicants

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

Early Decision Applications

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).

Financial Aid and Merit-Based Scholarships

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. For information about deadlines, please refer to our Financial Aid Requirements and Deadline page. 

All first-year applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships ranging from $15,000 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. NOTE: Scripps no longer requires an earlier deadline for scholarship consideration.

Admission Interviews

An optional part of the admission process, an interview can give you the opportunity to discuss your interests and goals and to learn more about Scripps. Students may interview after May 1 of their junior year. On-campus interviews can be scheduled as part of your visit to Scripps; alternatively, off-campus interviews may be available in your local area.

Standardized Testing Policy

Scripps College requires that applicants submit official SAT Reasoning and/or ACT with Writing scores. While not required, SAT Subject Tests are also accepted. 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.

International Students

The following materials are required in addition to those on the application checklist above:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) results
  • Official results of any International Baccalaureate or national exams
  • College Board International Student Certification of Finances
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if applying for need-based financial aid)
  • Certified English translations of all documents

Please see the International Applicants page for more information.

Admission Deadlines for First-Year Applicants

For financial aid deadlines, please refer to our Financial Aid Requirements and Deadlines page.

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