Admission Announcements

Protests and the Admission Process

Scripps’ president, Lara Tiedens, recently released a statement on Black Lives Matter and systemic racism, which you can read here.

We are aware some students may be concerned with how participating in a protest could affect their admission consideration. The admission staff supports a student’s right to express their opinion and exercise that right through freedom of assembly. There will be no impact on the admission process for students engaging in protests.

Feel free to contact the Office of Admission with any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Update 

Beginning Wednesday, March 11, Scripps College is suspending visits to campus indefinitely due to global public health concerns. This includes previously scheduled admitted student programs and individual visits. The Admission Office will also be closed to the public, but admission staff will be available via phone and email. While we regret not being able to showcase Scripps’ amazing academic offerings, campus life, and student experiences, your and our community’s safety is the top priority at this time. 

We know many of you are making your college choice in the coming weeks or may have other time-sensitive questions. You can reach the admission staff by email or phone 909-621-8149. If you have questions regarding financial aid, please email or call 909-621-8275. 

For admitted students, please look out for email communications from the Admission Office regarding ways you can connect with the Scripps community in the weeks ahead. 

Standardized Testing Policy Update

On March 6, 2020, the Scripps College Board of Trustees voted to adopt a test-optional policy for admission, making the submission of SAT or ACT scores optional for all applicants.

Beginning in fall 2021, students who choose the test-optional path will not have SAT or ACT scores considered in the admission review process. Scripps’ holistic admission review will continue to consider academic achievement, in conjunction with curriculum, engagement in and out of the classroom, essays, and letters of recommendation.

This decision supports the College’s mission to provide access to a distinctive education for students who will thrive at Scripps. The policy to remove the requirement of submitting SAT or ACT scores will allow admission officers to identify and advocate for students with a strong academic profile who may have previously been viewed as less competitive, based on their performance on a single exam.

The admission staff believes this policy provides a better admission standard for exceptional students who apply to Scripps and helps ensure that our academic and residential community will continue to flourish.