Scripps College Recognized as Leader in Off-Campus Study

CLAREMONT, Calif. (November 18, 2009) — The student body of Scripps College has one of the most cosmopolitan educations in the United States, a recent study shows.

The Open Doors 2009 Report on International Education Exchange, an annual survey of US colleges by the Institute of International Education (IIE), ranks Scripps 21st in the nation among undergraduate institutions, with 74.6% of its students spending at least one semester pursuing off-campus study according to data gathered from the 2007-08 academic year. Scripps College is one of only two California institutions and the only women’s college in the top 25.

“For Scripps College, study abroad is a crucial experience for the majority of our students,” says Neva Barker, Director of Off-Campus Study at Scripps College. “With Scripps College’s focus on interdisciplinary education, off-campus study opportunities allow students to learn in new environments and cultures, providing insights they might never experience in the classroom.”

Studying abroad has become an increasingly attractive option for college students, with the demand increasing annually. Open Doors 2009 reports the number of Americans studying abroad increased by 8.5% to 262,416 in the 2007-08 academic year. This latest increase builds on decades of steady growth, with four times as many U.S. students participating in study abroad today than twenty years ago.

A complete list of institutions recognized by the study may be found on IIE’s website.

About Scripps College

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.


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