Scripps College in the Rankings

Scripps College continues to be ranked highly among the most academically prestigious colleges in the country. Again this year, The Princeton Review named Scripps one of the country’s best colleges due to its accessible professors, rigorous academics, and high quality of life – categories that underscore the College’s commitment to access and excellence.

“Generations of Scripps alumnae and students know well the value of a Scripps College education, but to be recognized by external sources as a best value college is gratifying,” says Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga. “Our distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum is embraced by generous donors who provide the scholarship support that contributes to our best value status, and we are continually grateful.”

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review included Scripps College in its 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges and is featured on the following Top 20 lists:

  • #5 Best Quality of Life
  • #6 Most Beautiful Campus
  • #7 Most Liberal Students
  • #9 Best Classroom Experience
  • #10 Best College Dorms
  • #12 Best Campus Food
  • #16 Best Financial Aid

Scripps is also ranked 16th for return on education in the February 2015 edition of Colleges that Pay You Back: 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In.

U.S. News & World Report

Scripps College ranks 29th on the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of America’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges for 2016. Scripps ranks high—18th overall—among counselors surveyed. Counselors were asked to rate schools based on their insights and knowledge, in addition to their views of each college’s academic record, curriculum, faculty, programs, and graduates.

Top-tier placement by U.S. News & World Report is measured by key factors such as academic reputation, selectivity and faculty resources. Assessment of data from several national liberal arts colleges are gathered from each college and used as indicators of academic excellence.


Forbes magazine ranks Scripps College one of America’s top colleges, with an overall ranking of 80 in its Top Colleges 2015 list. Scripps comes in at 14 in the national publication’s Top 25 Western Colleges list and 68th in best private colleges.