Pre-Orientation Opportunities

students working in a lab at scripps college

We have created several opportunities for students to engage and find community prior to start of the academic year. These programs are optional and do not replace participation in our virtual and in-person orientation programs.

First Generation @ Scripps

On behalf of the first-generation community at Scripps, we would like to invite you to attend the First-Generation @ Scripps Program pre-orientation designed to support the transition to college for students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year institution. The pre-orientation provides a range of sessions and workshops to position you to get the most out of your college experience including:

  • Navigating academics
  • Knowing your resources
  • Communicating with faculty
  • Working as a student and how to find a job
  • Understanding your financial aid resources
  • Getting involved at Scripps and The Claremont Colleges
  • Meeting student leaders
  • In-depth tour of Scripps College and campus resources

Most importantly, while the program is completely voluntary, it is a valuable opportunity to connect with other students and future mentors!

Pre-orientation will take place Sunday, August 22 – Tuesday, August 24, 2021.  Scripps will provide all participants with housing for three nights (Sunday – Tuesday) and all meals during the program at no cost.  Students who attend the pre-orientation program will be responsible for their own transportation to campus on Sunday, August 22 by 12:00 p.mThe deadline to register is Thursday, July 22, 2021.

To register for the pre-orientation program go to:

Click here to learn more about First-Generation @ Scripps year-round program.

If you have any questions, please contact the First-Generation at Scripps team at or .  We are so excited to welcome you to our Scripps community.  See you in August!

Natesha Blessey-Bragg
Assistant Director, Academic Resources and Services
Coordinator, First Generation at Scripps

Summer Science Immersion Program (SScIP)

Greetings from the Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges (! I am excited to say that the department will again be hosting a week-long Summer Science Immersion Program (SScIP) this August. The program will run from Sunday afternoon/evening, August 15th through Saturday morning, August 21st and is intended for incoming students who are:

  • First-generation college students;
  • From groups traditionally underrepresented in science; and/or
  • From under-resourced high schools.

SScIP has been designed to introduce participants to the expectations and demands of college-level science coursework. The theme of the program, “The Chemistry of Life,” will be of particular relevance to students who plan on enrolling in introductory biology and/or chemistry during their first semester. First-year students from all three Keck Science colleges are invited to participate in the program.

Cutting-edge science will be the focus, as will building habits critical to academic success in the sciences. Departmental faculty will serve as instructors for the program and returning students will serve as peer mentors. The days will be full, with hands-on laboratory experiments, as well as field trips. We will begin with two chemistry experiments on Monday—by the end of the day, the chemistry lab will feel like a second home! A number of topics will then be explored, including the structure and function of biomolecules. We will discuss the search for life on exoplanets and will visit the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. We will analyze the genome and proteome of Tetrahymena thermophila, and you will contribute your research results to an international database. We will devote a full day to issues faced by underrepresented groups in science, during which we will meet with an expert on race and gender in science and science fiction.

Students will also have the opportunity to: • Create peer networks,

  • Establish strong relationships with science faculty,
  • Learn about course offerings in science and math, and
  • Explore the resources available across the Claremont Colleges.

For all participants, there will be no charge for room and board. Participants will be housed on campus and will eat meals, provided by one of the dining halls. Students will move in on Sunday, August 15th, and that evening the department will host a welcoming dinner for all participating students and their families. The science will begin on Monday morning! SScIP will conclude on Saturday morning, August 21st. We will provide housing and meals after the program if you choose to stay on campus and aren’t involved in Pitzer or CMC orientation trips.

To apply for the program, simply answer the questions below and send them in an email to the Director of the program, Marion Preest, Applications can be submitted at any time, but must be submitted by July, 7th, 2021. Admissions will be on a rolling basis and the program is capped at 30 students, so please apply early. You will be notified regarding your admission to the program within 1-2 weeks of submitting your application.

Application Information Required (please email to Marion Preest)

  • Name:
  • Mailing Address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Email Address:
  • College you are Admitted to:
  • Please tell us why you are interested in participating in SScIP (max 1 page response)
  • Please tell us about your high school math and science background (max 1 page response)

If you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact me at With best wishes for a wonderful summer and hopes for a healthy, in-person Fall semester!

Marion Preest
Pritzker Family Foundation Professor of Biology