Frequently Asked Questions for First-Year Applicants

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; standardized test scores; 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 is Scripps College’s standardized test policy?

Scripps College accepts the SAT reasoning and/or ACT. We encourage you to send all scores, as we will review them as advantageously as possible for each applicant. If you have taken the SAT or ACT more than once, we will consider your best score. 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 determined by the single testing date with the highest composite score. International students for whom English is not their first language must also submit either the TOEFL or IELTS.

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. 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.

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-identity as women. Therefore, an applicant assigned male at birth who self-identifies as a woman is eligible to be considered for admission. Applicants who indicate their legal sex as male submitted through the Common Application and who self-identify as men are not eligible to be considered for admission. Scripps does not require government-issued documentation to verify sex or gender identity. To better understand our admission policy as it relates to gender identity and inclusion, please visit our Policy FAQ page.

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. Feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid at (909) 621-8275.

Does Scripps offer merit-based scholarships?

All first-year applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $27,000 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 merit-based scholarships are renewable for four years and applicants are notified whether they have been awarded a merit-based scholarship at the time of admission. No additional forms or early application is required. Please contact the Admission Office for questions about merit-based scholarships.