New Student Programs and Orientation

Academic Experience

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Academics at Scripps

  • Academic Programs: Get to know the Scripps Catalog
    The Scripps College Academic Catalog will be published to the College’s website in early August. In the meantime, you may review the current catalog to get a sense of majors, programs, policies, and procedures. Students must meet the degree requirements and policies contained in the catalog of their year of entry into the College, so you’ll want to bookmark the Scripps Catalog as soon as it is available online, as you will refer to it continuously during your time at Scripps.
  • Academic Advising: Your academic adviser will help you select courses after you arrive on campus this fall.  When you arrive on campus, you will be assigned a meeting time for your first advising appointment.
  • Class registration: – Sunday, September 1. Registration information and instructions will be posted on the portal and can be found here on the Registrar’s webpage. The portal open for all first-year students on Sunday; registration times will be visible under the Add/Drop section of the portal. You may review fall course offerings on the 5-College Course schedule by clicking here then select Course Search.  Prepare for registration by watching these instructional videos. The First Year curriculum includes Core 1.
  • Academic Resources and Services (ARS) is the office responsible for providing academic support for Scripps College students. This office coordinates tutoring, academic coaching and disability support services at Scripps College. ARS works directly with students to provide support, training, coaching and tutoring. ARS also works with students with disabilities to identify appropriate academic accommodations. Any student wishing to request a tutor, academic coach or academic accommodations should contact the ARS office this summer to discuss the request process for support and submit appropriate documentation for accommodations.  For more information, please visit Disability Support Services on the Academic Resources and Services website or reach out via email at
  • Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities The materials for Core I include a course reader and several books. The course reader will be available during New Student Orientation, and there will be a small charge applied to your student account for it.  The books will be available in August at the Huntley Bookstore on campus, or you may choose to purchase the books from other vendors before coming to Scripps.  Please visit the Core Curriculum website for more information about the Core Program. A complete list of books for Core I will be provided prior to your arrival at Scripps. Orientation to the Core Program will be on Thursday, August 29th.
  • Writing Assessment
    Faculty from the Writing Program and Core Program are interested in learning more about your writing before you arrive in a section of Core 1. You can best tell us what kind of writer you are and indicate what aspects of your writing you would like to work on. We would therefore like you to evaluate your own writing and communicate that evaluation to us in the form of an essay. Please complete this writing self-assessment between July 15 – August 27 – click here.


  • Prepare for Core 1 (pre-reading & book list) – PDF
  • Learn more about academic support services —Website


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