International Applicants

Scripps warmly welcomes international students to our campus. We believe the diversity of international perspectives fosters a better understanding of global citizenship among all students in our community. To help you adapt to a new culture, The Claremont Colleges International Place offers a variety of services, activities, and outings for international students.

Information about applying to Scripps College as an international student is detailed below. You may also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for international students.

International Student First-Year 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 (no exceptions)
  • 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
  • Certified English translations of all documents

See notes about international student application materials below.

Optional Credentials

  • Interview
  • Official SAT Subject Test scores
  • Art, music, and dance supplements
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if applying for need-based financial aid)

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.

Merit-Based Scholarships

International first-year applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 annually. 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. NOTE: Scripps no longer requires an earlier deadline for scholarship consideration.

Notes about International Student Application Materials

We require official secondary school transcripts from grade nine to date (i.e., the last four years of study), as well as a copy of the results of any national or school-leaving examinations taken or certificates obtained (e.g., HKCEE, IGCSE, SPM). Transcripts should include an interpretation of the grading system and a clear designation of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. A transcript of any college work taken while in high school must also be submitted.

We also require test scores from the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT Reasoning) or American College Test (ACT with Writing). These are acceptable either as recorded on the secondary school transcript or on the official form provided by the testing agency. The College Board SAT code for Scripps College is #4693, for the ACT, #0426. Please remember to allow a minimum of six weeks for delivery.

The minimum required TOEFL score is 600 (paper-based total) or 100 (Internet-based total). The TOEFL code for Scripps College is #4693. The minimum required IELTS score is 7.  We require official results of any national, ‘A’ or ‘O’ level, or International Baccalaureate examinations taken to date.

The International Student Certification of Finances is required of all international applicants. Please print and mail the completed form to the Office of Admission, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Avenue, PMB #2000, Claremont, CA 91711.

All documents written in a foreign language must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. We require both documents; they must be signed in ink by the appropriate official of the applicant’s school and must have the institution’s seal.

Financial Aid for International Students

Financial assistance for international applicants is limited. International student scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to support students demonstrating exceptional academic and personal achievements. Scholarships are renewable annually. Financial aid for international students is only awarded at the time of admission, and an international student’s expected family contribution remains constant over the student’s undergraduate years at the College. The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is required for international students who wish to be considered for financial aid. For more information, please refer to our Financial Aid page.

Admission Deadlines for First-Year Applicants

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