A Top-Ranked Liberal Arts College
Scripps College is a top-ranked liberal arts college and the women’s college of The Claremont Colleges. Founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, the College has provided exceptional education to equip talented students intellectually and morally with the skills, experience, and discernment to lead satisfying and productive professional and personal lives. In the founder’s words, “The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently and the ability to live confidently, courageously and hopefully.” These fundamental principles remain central and relevant to the mission of the College today.
The College has repeatedly been recognized nationally by US News and World Report as a Top 30 Liberal Arts College. The Princeton Review rated Scripps among the top 20 for “Best Classroom Experience,” and “Best Quality of Life.” Forbes Magazine lists Scripps as a Top 25 Western Colleges and Liberal Arts University.
Current enrollment of degree seeking undergraduates is approximately 1,100 women from 33 states and 13 countries. Roughly 42% are students of color. There are 85 full-time faculty members, 96% of who possess PhD or appropriate terminal degrees. At the close of the 2017 fiscal year, total revenues and expenses were $80 million and $67.8 million, respectively. As of June 30, 2017, total net assets were $463 million, of which endowment funds totaled approximately $343 million.
The Claremont Colleges
Scripps is a member of The Claremont Colleges, five contiguous undergraduate colleges (four of which are coeducational) and two graduate institutions, which together occupy one square mile. Students can choose to take their classes at Scripps or they can choose to register for classes at any of the other undergraduate colleges (Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Harvey Mudd). The Claremont Colleges, which form the finest assembly of small, liberal arts colleges in the United States, also offer a generous array of academic, social, and co-curricular activities, and Scripps women take full advantage of them. For example, the W.M. Keck Science Department, the largest department in Claremont, is the jointly-operated science program for Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, and Scripps – Scripps will serve as the lead institution for the Department for the next five years. Scripps women also benefit from the presence of the two graduate institutions within the Claremont Consortium: Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.
Within these cooperative ventures, Scripps maintains the intimate scale of a small college with the resources and opportunities of a large, coeducational university.
The Claremont Colleges Services
The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) is the shared services organization for The Claremont Colleges, and is incorporated as a freestanding tax-exempt organization with a committed Board of Overseers and 350 full-time employees. Unique in American higher education, TCCS provides 28 vital services and operates programs and central facilities on behalf of the member colleges. Some of the 28 different services include: campus safety, a central library, health and counseling services, ethnic organizations a central bookstore, physical plant and facilities support, payroll and accounting, information technology, real estate, risk management, and employee benefits.
Additional functions include advancing The Claremont Colleges, founding additional institutions, and promoting cooperation among members to enhance educational excellence. TCCS also holds title to land for future institutions, central programs and services as well as all central facilities operated on behalf of the members.