The Campus

San Gabriel Mountains

The Scripps Campus is the stunning result of a happy marriage between natural beauty and expressive architecture, touched by 80 years of history. It fulfills Ellen Browning Scripps’s dream of “a college campus whose simplicity and beauty will unobtrusively seep into a student’s consciousness and quietly develop a standard of taste and judgment.”

You don’t have to take our word for it…Forbes magazine has named Scripps one of the top 10 most beautiful college campuses on the entire planet. And like most celebrated beauties, it has a history behind it: Scripps campus is listed on the Register of Historic Places.

Architecture and Grounds

Browning HallAt Scripps, there is an artistic connection between buildings and landscape. In our lush garden setting, the structures have been oriented to create both majestic vistas and intimate outdoor spaces, including 26 courtyards and 18 bubbling fountains. Plants often take a starring role, whether a collection of Native Mexican plants adorning a courtyard or a stately line of elm trees, creating a canopy of green. Fruit trees abound, including orange, grapefruit, pomegranate, kumquat, and loquat. Scents of orange blossoms and wisteria perfume the campus in early spring.

With their red clay rooftops and distinctive chimney pots, many buildings feature Spanish Mediterranean style. They were constructed between 1929 and 2008, with the Sallie Tiernan Field House being our newest full addition. Along with a large swimming pool and sports fields, the new structure features an aerobics studio, cardio machine room, weight room, and other spaces for fitness and health education. As a student, you can enjoy these indoor and outdoor spaces as you study, brainstorm, socialize, or simply relax and soak up the sun.


“One of the top ten most beautiful campuses in the world.” — Forbes

“Absolutely one of the most beautiful college campuses around…it breeds a sense of friendliness and serenity.” — Newsweek

Campus Gems

Take a look at the images below for a bigger peek into the beauty of Scripps College: