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Scripps warmly welcomes international students to our campus. We believe the diversity of international perspectives fosters a better understanding of global citizenship among all students in our community. To help you adapt to a new culture, The Claremont Colleges International Place offers a variety of services, activities, and outings for international students. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident.

International Place Admission Deadlines

International Student First-Year Application Checklist

  • Common Application
  • $60 application fee
  • School Report and counselor recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations, preferably from junior or senior year classes
  • Official transcript(s) from all secondary schools attended
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) results
  • Official results of any International Baccalaureate or national exams
  • College Board International Student Certification of Finances
  • Certified English translations of all documents

International Student Transfer Application Checklist

  • Common Application
  • $60 application fee
  • Transfer College Report
  • Two Transfer Academic Evaluations (college instructor recommendations)
  • Official transcript(s) from all secondary schools and colleges attended
  • Mid-Term Report if currently enrolled
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) results
  • Official results of any International Baccalaureate or national exams
  • College Board International Student Certification of Finances
  • Certified English translations of all documents

Standardized Testing Policy

  • Submitting SAT or ACT exam scores is completely optional.
  • Students will not have to justify why they are not submitting SAT or ACT exam scores.
  • Students will not be disadvantaged in the review process if they do not submit SAT or ACT exam scores
  • If a student chooses to submit SAT or ACT, Scripps will superscore the respective exam across test dates.
  • Students should not jeopardize their health or the health of their families to take the SAT or ACT exam.
  • International students educated outside of the U.S. are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Scripps will accept the TOEFL IPT Plus for China exam and the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition exam until in-person testing resumes. An international student may request a waiver if their primary language is English or the language of instruction of their high school is English by emailing applicants@scrippscollege.edu after submitting an application.
  • The deadline for changing a decision about submitting standardized test scores is December 4 for Early Decision I students and January 18 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision students. Students may update their decision about submitting standardized test scores by emailing applicants@scrippscollege.edu.

Optional Credentials

  • Interview
  • Official SAT Subject Test scores
  • Art, music, and dance supplements
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if applying for need-based financial aid)
  • Duolingo English Test (does not fulfill the TOEFL or IELTS requirement, but Scripps accepts the Duolingo English Test as a supplemental item)

Application Materials

Applicants must submit academic transcripts documenting day-to-day performance in secondary school from grade nine to date (i.e., the final four years of study), including any previous external exam results and predicted grades. Upon enrollment, students must submit final external exam scores (such as IB, A Levels, Indian SSC or Indian HSC, etc.) along with their final high school transcript.

The minimum required TOEFL score is 100 (Internet-based total). The TOEFL code for Scripps College is #4693. The minimum required IELTS score is 7. Please keep in mind, we do not accept self-reported test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

If your first language is English or the language of instruction at your school is English, you may be eligible for a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. After you have submitted your application, email applicants@scrippscollege.edu with your name, birthdate, the name of your school, and how many years you have been in an English-language classroom environment.

The International Student Certification of Finances is required of all international students. You can either print and mail the completed form to the Office of Admission, scan and email it to applicants@scrippscollege.edu, or upload it in your applicant status portal

All documents written in a foreign language must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. We require both documents; they must be signed in ink by the appropriate official of the applicant’s school and must have the institution’s seal.

Early Decision Applications

Early Decision is an excellent option for students who know that Scripps is their top-choice college. Early Decision is a binding process that provides an early application review and notification of admission decision. Applicants who are admitted Early Decision I or II must withdraw their application(s) to other colleges and enroll at Scripps.

Scholarships

International first-year applicants are eligible for scholarships ranging from $15,000 to $28,000 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 that they will add vitality and intellectual value to our campus. Scripps does not require an earlier deadline for scholarship consideration. Merit scholarships are only available to first-year applicants.

Need-based Financial Aid for International Students

Financial assistance for international applicants is limited. Financial aid for international students is only awarded at the time of admission. Your aid offer will be renewed each year for up to 8 semesters as long as you enroll full time and make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward your degree. Financial aid is not re-evaluated for international students. Since your EFC is fixed upon admission, your financial aid award in future years will adjust slightly with the change in cost of attendance. The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is required for international students who wish to be considered for financial aid.