Life in a Residential College

At Scripps, you can choose from a 100-year-old historic landmark with hidden gardens or brand new facilities with all the amenities – both are minutes away from your classrooms or our state-of-the-art fitness facility with Olympic-size swimming pool.


Residence Halls and Campus

Scripps College’s trailblazing founder Ellen Browning Scripps had a unique vision for the campus; she believed if students were in a beautiful place they would think beautiful thoughts and accomplish beautiful things. Here students enter a landscape of peaceful hidden gardens, courtyards with fountains, and huge trees with oranges and olives ripe for picking. They study in “browsing rooms” with exquisite architectural details, fireplaces, and windows that bathe them in sunshine almost every day of the year.

While the campus has a traditional feel (it’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places), don’t let its beauty fool you — you can access the Internet from anywhere with our Wi-Fi connection, whether you’re typing a paper on Jaqua Quadrangle or pulling up your Core assignment from the cloud during a late night study session in The Motley Coffeehouse.

Indoors or out, Scripps students always find inspiring places to study, read, write, create — and dream.

Language Halls

Some of the residence halls at Scripps are called “language halls” because they have tables where students can sit and practice a foreign language — providing a great opportunity to develop fluency. Scripps has German, Italian, and Spanish spaces available for the adventurous.


Scripps has nine residence halls on campus, each with a distinctive history and design. Students have access to shared spaces in each like computing facilities, browsing rooms for quiet study, family rooms with televisions, and kitchenettes with refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, and sinks.

Living rooms provide a place for hall meetings, campus clubs and organizations, study breaks, and informal gatherings (the one in Ellen Browning Hall is a tiny slice of Versailles, while the one in Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Hall is brightened by floor-to-ceiling windows).

Students can also eat at any of the seven dining halls at The Claremont Colleges.

Other Details

All residence halls are mixed-class halls, which means first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors live in one shared community. The number of residents in each hall ranges from 70 to 120.

Each hall is governed by a Hall Council made up of five officers elected by the residents of that hall. The councils plan activities and work with Scripps Associated Students, the college-wide student governance organization. Four professional members of the Student Affairs staff live on campus in the residence halls to work with students.