Admission Policy

Reaffirming Scripps’ mission as a women’s college, the Board of Trustees has adopted a policy effective for students applying for Fall 2016 which:

  1. considers applicants who report that the sex currently listed on their birth certificate is female;
  2. considers applicants who self-identify as women;
  3. awards a degree to any Scripps student who completes the baccalaureate requirements regardless of gender identity or expression; and
  4. does not require government issued documentation to verify sex or gender identity.

The resolution passed by the Board reiterates Scripps’ identity as a women’s college and commits to uphold its legacy as a “community of women” for current and prospective students, graduates, and partners while recognizing gender as a social construct that has evolved over time. The Board’s deliberations were informed by extensive feedback from over 1,400 Scripps community members, and we appreciate your active engagement in this conversation.

The College is committed to an ongoing process of dialogue and education to build a more inclusive and unified community. To learn more about the approved admission policy, please view responses to the community’s most frequently asked questions at We also encourage you to explore educational resources related to gender identity and inclusion here.