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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 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 or IELTS.

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 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.

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.

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Does Scripps offer scholarships?

All first-year applicants are considered 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 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.

 

 

Who is considered a transfer student?

A student who has graduated from high school, enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and has any transferable credits is considered a transfer student.

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.

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.

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 or IELTS.

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 superscore across test dates?

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 or IELTS.

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 submitted via mail 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 (Test of English as a Foreign 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
  • 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 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 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.

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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How will I get involved on campus?

As a small residential community, there are opportunities to get involved in the Scripps campus and The Claremont Colleges through: Scripps clubsScripps Associated Students (SAS)Laspa Center for Leadership, and CMS athletics.

What health and wellness resources exist at Scripps?

Scripps College believes in a comprehensive, holistic approach to promoting the emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing of its students. Scripps-based resources include: 

How do Scripps students find internships?

Career Planning & Resources (CP&R) engages, educates, and empowers students through personalized career counseling, skill building, experiential learning, and up-to-date career planning and readiness technology.

What does academic support look like at Scripps?

In addition to a faculty advisor, Scripps students are able to access Scripps’ tutoring programs and Writing Center for any course at The Claremont Colleges. More information on accommodations for students with disabilities and contact information for the Academic and Resources staff can be found here.

Are there other resources Scripps students have access to within the Claremont Colleges?

Yes! The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) are designed to provide support for students enrolled at the seven colleges. Resources are located among the contiguous campuses and offer campus specific as well as consortial-wide programs, support, and services to augment and enhance students’ academic and psycho-social needs.

What are the student resources and services available through The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS)?

Where can I learn more about groups on campus?

Check out a list of other Scripps resources/services and CLORGs (Scripps lingo for clubs and organizations) here!

 

What is Academic Resources and Services?

Academic Resources and Services (ARS) is the department on campus devoted to academic student support. ARS manages academic and housing accommodations, tutoring, academic coaching, general advising and the first-generation at Scripps program for students who are the first in their families to attend a 4-year, U.S. College/University.

Where is ARS located?

ARS is located on the north side of Kimberly Hall and near the Tiernan Field House

I have academic accommodations in high school, can I get them in college?

Yes. You should start by completing an intake with Bianca Vinci. You can reach her bvinci@scrippscollege.edu

I don’t have academic accommodations, but I think I may need them. Can I get them when I get to college?

Yes. You should start by completing an intake with Bianca Vinci. You can reach her bvinci@scrippscollege.edu

I have more specific questions about academics resources, who should I contact?

You can reach the Department of Academic Resources and Services at ars@scrippscollege.edu

Can I receive AP/IB credit?

For Advanced Placement courses and examinations, scores of four or five on the examination will be considered for credit. For International Baccalaureate courses and examinations, scores of five, six or seven on higher-level examinations will be considered for credit. A maximum of four such elective course credits will count toward the degree, but may not be used toward the 16-course residence requirement.  For more information, click here.

Does my high school send my AP/IB scores automatically?

No, usually they need to be requested through College Board which the student orders and tells them where they would like it to be sent.

Who do I contact to get my official AP/IB scores sent?

College Board

Do I have to have my AP/IB scores sent directly to you (official), or can I just give you mine?

If the student has a sealed copy that has not been tampered with, we will take it and consider it official. Otherwise, College Board needs to send it directly to our office for evaluation.

How many courses are required for graduation?

Thirty-two (32) courses, or an average of four (4) each semester, are needed for graduation, though students are encouraged to, and often do, exceed the minimum.

How does registration work?

For new students- they will be assigned a preregistration time and will have access to registration via their student portal for a 24 hour period to add/drop courses. If their time is up, and access to registration is denied, they may make changes to their schedule during the add period. Usually the deadline is the 10thday of class. For step by step instructions, please click here.

Will I have a chance to change my classes?

Yes, during the add/drop period. Usually the deadline is the 10thday of class.

What courses will I be required to take?

For a list of our requirements, please click here.

How do I complete my language requirement?

For instructions, please watch the following video.

How do I find an internship?

In addition to resources available on the Career Planning & Resources website and our Consortium wide internship/job/event portal called Handshake, Scripps CP&R staff are here to help you with your specific internship search. This includes helping you build and expand your network with Scripps alumnae working in your dream organization. CP&R also provides summer internship grant funding for unpaid opportunities. Learn more on our internships webpage and see where some of the recipients have interned. For students who secure unpaid internships during the academic year, the Linda Scott Fund, provides travel assistance to cover the cost of commuting.

Do you host on-campus job/internship recruitment events?

Career Planning & Resources hosts on-campus recruiting events throughout the school year including employer information sessions, career fairs, skill-building workshops, and on-campus interviews. One of the benefits of being a student of the Claremont Colleges is that Scripps students can attend any recruitment event happening at any of the 7 Claremont Colleges.

How supportive are Alumnae with current Scripps students?

Alumnae often return to campus to participate in CP&R’s recruitment events and career panels. Many alumnae outside of the greater Los Angeles area are willing to share their career stories with Scripps students through informational interviews.

How can I network with an Alumnae in a field I’m interested in?

CP&R staff are here to coach you on how to connect with our alumnae through the Scripps Community Alumnae database and LinkedIn

Can I apply for an on-campus job?

Both work study and non-work study positions are available at Scripps and throughout many of the Claremont Colleges. On-campus jobs can be found on Handshake and CP&R organizes a Student Employment Fair every fall to help a Scripps students find the perfect on-campus position for them.

What wellness programs do you offer?

We offer a comprehensive list of workshops and programs that support students from a holistic perspective focusing on the eight dimensions of wellness: intellectual, environmental, occupational, physical, social, spiritual, financial, and emotional wellness.

Some of our signature programs are:

  • Fresh Check Day –Suicide Awareness, Education and Prevention
  • Therapy Dogs –Time to destress with some of our favorite 4-legged friends
  • Tasty Tuesdays –Learn how to make nutritious recipes
  • DeStress Thursdays –Socialize and learn about various methods and strategies to destress
  • Condom Canary –Learn about sexual and reproductive health
  • BeWell Fridays –A variety of fitness, health and wellness topics hosted once monthly on Bowling Green Lawn
  • Changing Minds Changing Lives–A workshop that focuses on strengths and resilience

Go to our website to find out more.

What equipment do you have to use?

There is a plethora of functional equipment to be used in the facility, it is spread throughout the facility and includes versa-bands, bosu-balls, stability balls, dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells, ab mats, stability, foam rollers, yoga mats and blocks. Our cardiovascular equipment includes step mills, treadmills, adaptive motion trainers, ellipticals, upright and recumbent stationary bikes, lateral trainers and ergometers. Most of these pieces are connected to cable tv, and or the internet and have features such as variable workouts, virtual trainers, and connection to movies or your favorite music. We have a fantastic circuit of strength equipment to work the major muscle groups.

Can men come to the field house?

The field house is open to students of all genders enrolled at the Claremont Colleges with the purchase of a daily pass or membership.

What do I need to do to use the facility?

During open hours, bring your ID and check-in at the front desk. There is no need to tap in outside the building.

Can we bring our own pool floats?

For safety reasons, personal floatation devices may not be brought into the pool. Inflatable toys and swim aids, such as water wings, swim rings, and floatation devices, are not designed to be used as substitutes for life jackets or adult supervision.

What types of equipment from the facilities can be borrowed/rented out?

We have a variety of fitness and wellness resources for you to check out. In order to do so, please visit our front desk to speak with an TFH staff member. Once you have identified the item you wish to borrow, you will need to leave your ID card safely in our files. Your ID will be returned when the item you borrowed is returned.

  • Locks
  • Goggles
  • iPods
  • Headphones
  • Mats
  • Boxing gloves
  • Fruit picker
  • Skateboards
  • Bikes
  • Croquet
  • Bocce
  • Soccer balls
  • Volleyballs (volleyball standard)
  • Basketballs
  • Playground balls
  • Bases
  • Frisbees
  • Hula hoops

Is there a person on staff who can show me proper technique for some of the fitness equipment?

The Sallie Tiernan Field house offers equipment orientations every Sunday from 3:00-4:00pm. Check out our FitScripps class schedule for more information.