First-Year Applicants FAQs

How does Scripps review applications?

Scripps College is committed to a holistic and thorough review of each application, with a careful consideration of the following: academic program and performance; personal essay; recommendations; and co-curricular activities. We imagine what the applicant would be like as a member of the Scripps community, engaged inside and outside of the classroom.

What makes an application eligible for a decision?

Scripps reserves the right to review and render a decision for a file that includes, at minimum, an application, transcript, and one letter of recommendation.

What test scores does Scripps require for first-year applicants?

Starting in fall 2021, Scripps is adopting a test-optional policy for all students. This means students are no longer required to submit the SAT or ACT. International students for whom English is not their first language must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test.

If I submit SAT/ACT scores, does Scripps superscore across test dates?

Yes, if a student takes the SAT or ACT more than once, we will consider your best score. The best SAT score is determined by combining the highest score received on each section from any combination of testing dates; note that we will not combine subscores from the new and old versions of the SAT. Best ACT score is also determined by combining the highest score received on each section from any combination of testing dates.

If I submit SAT/ACT scores, does Scripps allow self-reported test scores?

Students who choose to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application can send official scores or self-report scores through the Common Application, QuestBridge Application, or through the Self-Reported Test Scores form in the Application Status Portal form checklist. Students who self-report scores as part of their application to Scripps and choose to enroll are required to submit official score reports. If there is a discrepancy between self-reported test scores and official scores, this may affect a student’s offer of admission. Please note that we do not accept self-reported test scores for the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test.

How does Scripps consider AP or IB test scores?

The appropriate Scripps academic department will determine waiver of major requirements or placement into advanced courses based upon AP or IB courses and scores. Learn more about AP credits here or visit the Registrar’s site for more information.

May I submit an art, music, or dance supplement to Scripps?

Yes, you may submit your portfolio as part of your application. A portfolio is optional material and is not required for admission to Scripps College. Please submit your portfolio through SlideRoom in the Common Application. Your Common Application must be submitted prior to submitting your SlideRoom portfolio.


Early Decision I: November 16

Early Decision II: January 14

Regular Decision: January 14

How does Scripps consider applications from transgender students?

Scripps will consider all applicants who indicate their legal sex as female submitted through the Common Application, in addition to applicants who self-identify as women.  Therefore, an applicant who indicates legal sex as male or X and self-identifies as a woman is eligible to be considered for admission.  Applicants who indicated their legal sex as male or X submitted through the Common Application and who do not identify as a woman are not eligible to be considered for admission.  Scripps does not require government-issued documentation to verify sex or gender identity.

What is the difference between Early Decision and Regular Decision?

Early Decision is an excellent option for students who know that Scripps is their top-choice college. It is a binding process that provides an early application review and notification of admission decision.

Regular Decision is our traditional application option, and the majority of admitted students are evaluated and offered admission during Regular Decision. See application deadlines.

Can the application fee be waived?

If the $60 application fee is a financial burden for you or your family, you may request a fee waiver on the profile screen in the Common Application fee waiver section.

Does Scripps offer need-based financial aid?

Scripps College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for admitted students. Financial aid for first-year applicants is awarded at the time of admission. Submission of the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and FAFSA is required for first-year students who wish to be considered for financial aid. Financing an education can be a confusing and sometimes daunting task, and the College is committed to working with families to best understand a student’s individual financial situation and provide concise, timely information. For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Does Scripps offer scholarships?

All first-year applicants are considered for scholarships ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 annually, and the highest award is the James E. Scripps Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to applicants whose strong academic performance and school or community involvement indicate they will add vitality and intellectual value to our campus. All scholarships are renewable for four years and applicants are notified whether they have been awarded a scholarship at the time of admission. No additional forms or early application is required. Please contact the Admission Office for questions about scholarships.

May I be granted an extension due to natural disasters?

We understand that students applying to college may face catastrophic natural disasters which will inevitably impact the college admission process. If you are affected by a natural disaster during the admission process, email or call us to discuss options for a deadline extension.