New Student Programs and Orientation

Academic Experience

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Academics at Scripps

  • Academic Programs: Get to know the Scripps Catalog
    The 2018-2019 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 online at
    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 2018-2019 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. Your academic adviser will be assigned later in the summer. When you arrive on campus, you will be assigned a meeting time for your first advising appointment.


  • Class registration: Sunday, September 2, during New Student Orientation (NSO) you will receive your registration packet when you arrive on campus, and it will contain your registration appointment time and portal instructions. All new students register on the Scripps portal on Sunday, September 2.You may review fall course offerings on the public-access, 5-College Course Schedule at Go to “Portal” and select “Course Search.” The First Year curriculum includes Core 1 and Writing 50 Critical Analysis. As a first-year student, you must register for a section of each in the fall. Writing 50 Critical Analysis; descriptions for each section of WRIT050 SC will be available on the portal in early August.


  • Academic Resources and Services (ARS) coordinates Disability Support Services at Scripps College. ARS works directly with students with disabilities to identify appropriate academic accommodations. Any student wishing to request accommodations should contact our office this summer to discuss the request process and submit appropriate documentation.  For more information, please visit Disability Support Services on the Academic Resources and Services website.


  • 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 page on the Scripps College New Student Orientation website for more information about the Core Program and for a complete list of books for Core I. Orientation to the Core Program will be on Thursday, August 30th at 1 p.m. in Garrison Theater.


  • Writing 50 The Writing Program faculty and the faculty at large are interested in learning more about your writing before you arrive in a section of Writing 50: Critical Analysis. We would like you to evaluate your own writing and communicate that evaluation to us in the form of an essay. You can best tell us what kind of writer you are and indicate what you would like to learn in your writing course at Scripps. Please complete this writing self-assessment by going to the link below between Monday, July 10 and Monday, August 14:

  • Obtain books for Core I —
  • Consider applying for pre-orientation programs —Website
  • Take online language placement exams, if relevant.
  • Access Disability Support Services —Website

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