Scripps welcomes applicants who wish to transfer in at first-year, sophomore, or junior status. A student is considered a transfer applicant if she has completed at least one semester of full-time, college-level work. A student who has applied previously to Scripps College may reactivate her original application but will also need to provide new application materials. Also, applicants may only apply under one admission plan for each term (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, Regular Decision, or Transfer Admission).
The Admission Committee places considerable weight on the content and quality of the college transcript(s) and college faculty recommendations. Course credit is generally transferable if the prior college is accredited, the course carries a grade of ‘C’ or better, and the course is comparable to one offered by any of The Claremont Colleges. Students transferring from California colleges or universities are advised to follow the IGETC plan to ensure transferable credits. Scripps will evaluate transfer credit on a case-by-case basis.
Transfer applicants are advised to challenge themselves with a range of coursework prior to transferring to Scripps College in order to fulfill our Breadth of Study requirements soon after transferring. Scripps recommends that transfer candidates have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better at their previous college(s) in order to be considered competitive for admission.
Transfer students must spend the equivalent of four full-time semesters at Scripps, completing at least 16 courses, in order to receive the B.A. degree from the College. The maximum amount of credit allowed from previous college work toward a Scripps degree is two years or 16 courses.
If you have questions about the transfer process, please email the Office of Admission.
Transfer Applicant Checklist
- Common Application Transfer Application – including any questions on the Scripps College Member Screen
- $60 application fee
- Transfer College Report
- Two Transfer Academic Evaluations (college instructor recommendations)
- Official transcript(s) from all secondary schools and colleges attended
- Mid-Term Report if currently enrolled
- Official SAT Reasoning or ACT with Writing scores (waived if you graduated from high school 5 or more years ago, or if you did not take the SAT/ACT to apply to your current college)
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. On-campus interviews can be scheduled as part of your visit to Scripps; alternatively, off-campus interviews may be available in your local area.
Honors Transfer Council of California
Scripps College is proud to partner with the Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC). The HTCC negotiates special transfer agreements linking community college honors/scholars’ programs to specific universities, large or small, public or private. Students completing such programs may enjoy a range of benefits at Scripps, such as priority acceptance consideration. If you are a community college honors program student interested in transferring to Scripps, contact the Office of Admission at 909-621-8149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Aid for Transfer Students
Although transfer students are not eligible for merit scholarship awards, they are eligible for need-based aid. Scripps College meets 100% of demonstrated need for admitted students. Financial aid for transfer students is awarded at the time of admission. Submission of the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and FAFSA is required for transfer students who wish to be considered for financial aid. For information about deadlines, please refer to our Financial Aid Requirements and Deadline page.
For Reapplying Students
If you are reapplying to Scripps, you need to email a request to reactivate a previous application. You must submit the same materials as required above, with the exception of your official SAT or ACT scores; if you applied last year, the $60 application fee will be waived.
The following materials are required in addition to above credentials:
- 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 Students page for more information.
On-campus housing is not guaranteed for admitted transfer students. The Office of Student Affairs may be able to assist transfer students with securing housing within walking and biking distance of campus. Admitted transfer students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs at (909) 621-8277.
Admission Deadlines for Transfer Applicants
|Application Deadline||April 1|
|Interview Deadline||April 15|
|Candidate’s Reply||June 1|
|Application Deadline||November 1|
|Interview Deadline||November 15|
|Candidate’s Reply||January 1|