About Scripps College

Rankings and Achievements

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.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Scripps College as #44 among the Top 100 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. for 2018, and #82 among all colleges. Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Scripps College has appeared on the Kiplinger list multiple times over the years.

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review included Scripps College in six of its Top 20 lists for the 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges:

  • #3 Best College Dorms
  • #8 Most Liberal Students
  • #12 Most Beautiful Campus
  • #13 Best Classroom Experience
  • #16 Best Quality of Life
  • #21 Best Schools for Internships

U.S. News & World Report

Scripps College ranks 30th on the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of America’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges for 2019. Scripps ranks high—16th overall—among high school 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. In addition, in 2019 Scripps College was ranked in the Top 100 for Best Undergraduate Teaching and Best Value School.

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 as one of America’s top colleges, with an overall ranking of #10 in the West Private Colleges 2018 list. Scripps comes in at #51 among all private colleges, and #63 in overall.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal ranks Scripps College as #83 overall among all colleges in 2019. Quality measures include resources, student engagement, graduation rate, academic reputation, student diversity, and student inclusion.