Transfer Applicants

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You are considered a transfer applicant if any semester or quarter units were taken at another college after graduating from high school.

Application Checklist

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, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test results. An international student may request a waiver if their primary language is English or the language of instruction of their high school is English. More info can be found here.
  • 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 [email protected].

International Applicants

Students who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents have additional requirements. Please visit the international applicants section for more information.

Admission Interviews

An optional part of the admission process, an interview can give you the opportunity to discuss your interests and goals and to learn more about Scripps. Please schedule an interview below:

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Visit our Office of Financial Aid page for information about need-based financial aid, including deadlines and required forms.

Transfer Applicants FAQs

Who is considered a transfer student?

You are considered a transfer applicant if any semester or quarter units were taken at another college after graduating from high school.

When can I apply?

Scripps welcomes applicants who wish to transfer in at first-year, sophomore, or junior status.

How does Scripps review transfer applications?

The Admission Committee places considerable weight on the content and quality of the college transcript(s) and college faculty recommendations. Course credit is generally transferable if the prior college is accredited, the course carries a grade of C or better, and the course is comparable to one offered by any of The Claremont Colleges. Students transferring from California colleges or universities are advised to follow the IGETC plan to ensure transferable credits. Scripps will evaluate transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. Transfer applicants are advised to challenge themselves with a range of coursework prior to transferring to Scripps College in order to fulfill our Breadth of Study requirements soon after transferring.

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.

Does Scripps require a certain grade point average for admission?

No, but we recommend that transfer candidates have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better at their previous college(s) in order to be considered competitive for admission.

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.


Spring Transfers: November 16

Fall Transfers: April 1

What is the maximum amount of credit allowed from a previous institution(s)?

The maximum amount of credit allowed from previous college work toward a Scripps degree is two years or 16 courses. Transfer students must spend the equivalent of four full-time semesters at Scripps, completing at least 16 courses, in order to receive the B.A. degree from the College.

What should I do if I previously applied to Scripps (either as a first-year or transfer applicant) and I am reapplying?

You must submit the same required materials. If you applied last year, the $60 application fee will be waived. Please contact the Office of Admission with any questions you have about your specific situation.

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What test scores does Scripps require for transfer 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.

Does Scripps require the College-Report and Mid-Term Report?

Yes, Scripps College requires that all transfer applicants submit the College Report and the Mid-Term Report. These forms can be found on the Common Application website and should be emailed to [email protected] from a school official or mailed to the Scripps College Office of Admission.

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I am an international student. In addition to the required application materials, are there any additional materials I must submit?

Yes, the following materials are also required:

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test
  • Official results of any International Baccalaureate or national exams
  • College Board International Student Certification of Finances
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (if applying for need-based financial aid)
  • Certified English translations of all documents. Please see the International Applicants page for more information.
Can I request to have my TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo English Test waived?

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/Duolingo English Test requirement. After you have submitted your application, email [email protected] with your name, birthdate, the name of your school, and how many years you have been in an English-language classroom environment.

Is housing guaranteed for transfer students?

Scripps College-sponsored housing is available for transfer students. Students will find out the housing accommodations once admitted and admitted transfer students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs at (909) 621-8277.

Is Scripps a partner with HTCC?

Scripps College is proud to partner with the Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC). The HTCC negotiates special transfer agreements linking community college honors/scholars programs to specific universities, large or small, public or private. Students completing such programs may enjoy a range of benefits at Scripps, such as priority acceptance consideration. If you are a community college honors program student interested in transferring to Scripps, contact the Office of Admission.

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