Parents & Families Information

Welcome to the Scripps community! When your student comes to Scripps, parents and families become part of the Scripps College community, too. At Scripps College, we know that parents and families play a vital role in fostering their student’s growth and in contributing to a fulfilling educational experience.  

Meet the Office of Parent Engagement & Philanthropy

We are all invested in making sure that your student thrives while at Scripps. The Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy is here to help provide you valuable insight into the student experience and equip you with tools and resources to best support your student while they are on campus.  

The Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy team partners closely with the offices and departments across campus – from Residential Life, Student Engagement, and Academic Services to Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and the Registrar. Just as Student Affairs works around the clock with students to create a supportive learning and social environment, the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy works directly with parents and families to provide you with the information and strategies for positive family engagement in your student’s Scripps journey.

Contact the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy at [email protected] or call 909.607.3043.

Key Info to Help You and Your Student Prepare (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of every student enrolled at Scripps College; because of this federal law we are unable to provide student information to anyone other than the student.

Covid-19 Precautions:   For more information on how Scripps College is keeping its students safe please click here.

Please Note: First Year Students are Not Allowed to Have Cars on Campus

First year students are not allowed to have cars on campus, unless approved by the Dean of Students Office for accommodations or special circumstances. The first year is a time for students to be on campus and within the consortium connecting and engaging across campus. Students requesting an exception will need to reach out to the Director of Campus Life to initiate their request. Please note that due to construction and the proximity of the other colleges parking is very limited. Students approved to bring a car to campus are required to register their vehicle with Campus Safety. Visit the Campus Safety website to learn more about the process.

Frequently Asked Questions: Parents & Families Edition

How can I help my student be successful during their time at Scripps?

  • Use the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy! We are here to provide you crucial insight into the student experience and equip you with information, tools, and resources to best support your student while they are on campus. Remember that your student should take the lead, but you can guide and support them by having a strong sense of campus happenings, policies and procedures.
  • If your student has a concern or a question, encourage them to talk to their roommate/suitemate, meet with their Resident Coordinator (RC), Community Coordinator (CC), or professional staff in Student Affairs, who can assist them in navigating the problem.
  • Encourage your student to be proactive about housing information such as Room Selection, closing of the Residence Halls, and leadership opportunities available on campus. They receive a ton of emails! Remind them that key information and deadlines will be communicated to them via email. As key deadlines approach or campus news is announced, the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy will communicate this information in its monthly e-newsletter to Scripps parents and families. Make sure we have your email if you want to receive The Family Connection e-newsletter.
  • Discuss safety and security with your student (e.g., locking their door, locking their bike, Campus Safety escort service, etc.).

What are the biggest adjustments during the first year?

Homesickness and leaving the family behind are challenges during the first year. Students indicate that it helps if family members keep in close contact by phone, e-mail, sending care packages and letters.

Other items that make them smile are pictures, holiday cards, and maybe a Starbucks gift card that will come in handy around midterms and finals. Another area of adjustment is having a roommate and all aspects of sharing the space–especially if your student is accustomed to having his/her own room.

The academic pace can be an adjustment, too, even though most Scripps College students were highly successful in high school. This environment can be more rigorous. Finally, going home again can be challenging at times because everyone has changed–the student, the family, friends, as well as the community.

When is the best time to travel home for the first time?

Students recommend that new students wait a couple months before going home for the first time, citing the Thanksgiving break as an ideal option. Being on campus allows students to connect and thrive within the Scripps community. Holiday breaks are also great opportunities to travel home with new friends.

Is there a good time for me to come back to campus to visit my student?

Again, students have recommended that first-years wait a couple months before going home for the first time and the same goes for families visiting their students on campus. A great time to plan to visit campus and your student is President’s Day Weekend, as Scripps holds our signature Family Weekend event annually. Save the date for Family Weekend 2025: Saturday-Sunday, February 15-16, 2025.

How safe is the campus/Claremont?

We are fortunate to be in a safe community, but it is always important to use good common sense regarding personal and property safety.  Campus Safety is available 24 hours per day to patrol and respond to security issues.  Students should always lock room doors, carry their key/ID card.  It is advisable to close windows when leaving the room.  Personal property should not be left unattended and cars should always be locked.  When walking at night or traveling in the Claremont area it is important to either have a companion and/or make sure someone is aware of your plans.  Scripps College maintains strict conduct expectations for students and guests that are in place for safety and privacy reasons.

LiveSafe Information

Scripps College, in collaboration with the Claremont University Consortium, created a LiveSafe app for our community. LiveSafe is a free personal safety mobile application for students, staff, faculty, and the community to engage in two-way conversation with Campus Safety. LiveSafe is available to download on iPhone or Android devices.

LiveSafe is an optional application that community members can use to share information, tips, and safety concerns with Campus Safety via text messaging, including picture video, and audio attachments, or even through live chat. Although LiveSafe does not replace contacting 911 or Campus Safety in a life threatening or emergent situation, it does allow users reporting at their fingertips.


Report Tips- Allows users to report accidents, assault/abuse, disturbances, drugs/alcohol, harassment, mental health concerns, suspicious activity, theft, vandalism, suggestions, and other concerns.

Emergency Options- Contact 911, message or call Campus Safety

Stay Safe- Safe walk with a friend (of your choosing) or request a safety escort from Campus Safety

Safety Map- Find the closest safety location to your current location on a live time campus map.

For more information about the LiveSafe application and how it connects to our community, please visit the CUC site here:

What is the mailing address for students?

Each student is assigned a campus mailbox number and combination.  When a student receives a package, they will be emailed notification. They need to bring their student ID to the mailroom to pick up their package. These items can be picked up Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm during the academic year. If they are living in Summer Housing items can be picked up between 8am-4:30pm

The Scripps mailing address is:

(Student’s Legal Name)

Scripps College 345 E 9th St. # (assigned mailbox #)

Claremont, CA 91711

ATM Locations:

Chase ATM – Pomona Campus – Smith Campus Center

Bank Of America ATM – 170 E 6th St

Citibank ATM – 405 W Foothill Blvd

U.S. Bank – 393 W Foothill Blvd

Wells Fargo ATM – 550 Baseline Rd