For Students


The following reflects the most comprehensive and accurate information available to date. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Q: How have faculty prepared for remote courses?

A: Our faculty have reinvented and redesigned courses for remote delivery. Faculty are energized and excited as they’ve discovered that the remote environment offers new opportunities for instruction. Faculty are busy bringing guest speakers to classes, engaging with local community partners, building project-based learning, designing kitchen-chemistry lab materials to mail to you, and engaging with creative approaches to assignments and assessments. Whether the topics are human health, social justice, art, dance, politics, economics, or chemistry, many courses are focused on current events and how academic theory intersects with our daily lives and students and faculty are fully engaged in the academic conversation.

The faculty are reimagining office hours and ways to engage with students in and out of the classroom.

Q: When will first years be assigned academic advisers?

A: All first years students, including those who deferred a spring start, have been assigned an academic advisor.  The role of the academic adviser is to welcome new students to Scripps, and to help acquaint you with our community and our curriculum. Later in your Scripps career, you will select a faculty adviser in your major.

Q: When will course registration take place for the spring? How will that process work?

A: Spring registration will occur later this fall.  Registration times will be assigned and visible to new students on their portal; students will meet with their adviser prior to their registration time to discuss their academic plan and get clearance to register. Watch these brief instructional videos to acquaint yourself with our curriculum and to familiarize yourself with portal registration.

Q: Are first-year students restricted to taking only Scripps classes? 

A: Scripps students are encouraged to take Scripps courses to the extent possible during their first semester so that they can acquaint themselves with our faculty, our curriculum, and our community, but they are not restricted to taking only Scripps classes. Some classes offered elsewhere may be closed, or have restricted enrollment, but Scripps students are welcome to confer with their faculty adviser to select courses which meet their needs and encourage exploration. In fall 2020, all courses at Scripps are delivered online. At some of the other colleges, courses may be offered in person, online, and/or some combination of in person and online.

Q: How will the placement tests work for first-year students who deferred to a spring start.

A: Language and math placements can be used for 12-months.  If you took the placement exams this past summer please us that information.  More information regarding placement exams for students starting at Scripps in the spring semester will be provided in late October.

Students will be allowed to self-place into mathematics courses this year; guidance will be provided to help students enroll in the appropriate courses.

Q: Will current students be permitted to take a leave? When will the deadline be to make that decision? 

A: Although not always in the best interest of the student’s academic continuity, continuing students may take a leave of absence for up to two semesters. While a student can take a leave at any time, they should be in communication with their academic adviser, be aware of their student accounts status, the tuition/fees and refund policy, and the implications to their graduation plan if they do so. For more information about a leave of absence, visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Q: Will students who defer a semester graduate a semester late?

A: It is possible that deferring a semester will cause students to graduate a semester late.  The standard course load for Scripps students is 4 courses each semester.  Students need 32 credits for graduation.  Students sometimes bring in college credit (e.g., AP, IB, or transfer credit from courses taken during or after high school) that can be applied to their overall 32 credits needed for graduation but these courses do not necessarily fulfill requirements but rather satisfy elective credits.

Q: How do classes on Saturday work?

A: As a result of the new fall calendar dates, there will only be two instructional Saturdays during the fall semester when classes may meet to allow the same number of class meetings for all classes. Classes that normally meet on Tuesdays or Fridays may each meet on one Saturday during the semester (classes that meet on Tuesdays may use September 12, and classes that meet on Fridays may use November 14). The addition of the Saturday class time is at the discretion of the faculty member, and if so chosen, faculty will communicate with the students in their class(es).

Q: What is the grading policy for fall 2020? Is it the same as we had for spring 2020? 

A: While grading policy exceptions were approved for spring 2020 due to the unexpected disruption during the semester, grading for summer 2020 and fall 2020 will return to our standard grading policy, which can be found here. The updated academic calendar will include deadlines to elect pass/fail grading, add/drop and course withdrawal deadlines.

Q: Will classes be taught in person or remotely?

A: All Scripps courses will be remote only for Fall 2020.

Q: What happened to science labs?

A: Science labs are also remote.  Faculty are focusing on multiple ways to provide the science lab experience. This includes, but is not limited to, software online labs, synchronous online experiments, sending kits of materials to students, and prerecorded experiments where techniques are demonstrated and data are gathered.

Q: I deferred in the fall and I am a first year, will I be able to take Core I in the spring?

A: No. First-year students who defer in the fall will start the Core cycle in the fall of their second year.  Students will not be allowed to take the Core courses out of sequence.

Q: Were students able to participate in off-campus study this fall?

A: The majority of our partner programs have canceled their programs, so very few students are studying off campus this fall. If you are registered for an off-campus program that is still running, and you want to attend that program, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE).

Q: Will there be CMS Athletics in the fall?

A: CMS will not participate in sports determined to be high-risk by public health officials. High-risk sports include basketball, football, soccer, water polo and volleyball. CMS will continue to evaluate the opportunity to participate in SCIAC-only schedules for fall and winter low-risk sports, which include cross-country, golf, swimming & diving, and tennis.

Q: If athletes in low-risk sports are allowed to compete, can they live on campus?

A: No. Campus housing will not be available.

Q: How will Scripps help build community among new and returning students?

A: We are fortifying the strong network of student support that is signature Scripps. Primary Contact Deans are looking forward to getting to know new students and reconnecting with those returning. The deans will hold weekly open office hours and are available to talk during these last weeks of summer. The students, faculty, and staff leading Scripps FirstGen@Scripps program are excited to welcome the Class of 2024 and working together to plan an exciting pre-orientation program. Scripps advocates continue to partner with our Title IX office and the EmPOWER Center to support survivors of sexual assault. Support for students with disabilities and tutoring remain staples of the Office of Academic Services, which is also planning workshops on excelling while learning remotely. Individualized academic coaching is also available.

During the fall term, Virtual Scripps 360 will help new students navigate the first year through staff and student-led interactive workshops covering academic success in a virtual world, time management, wellness, how to get involved at Scripps, and so much more.

The offices comprising Campus Life (residential life, student engagement and new student programs & orientation) are committed to creating a virtual environment that mirrors our efforts while residential.  We will continue to offer programming that allows for common interests to be share, new relationships to be created and communities to expand.  Campus Life offers regional programs hosted by community coordinators (CCs), special interest programs hosted by clubs and organizations (CLORGs) and life skill workshops for new students to become acclimated to their new college experience (Scripps 360). A talented and enthusiastic group of community coordinators have as their sole purpose helping Scripps students find community virtually and making it fun! Scripps Associated Students (SAS) and Student Clubs and Organizations (CLORGS) will be up and running in the fall with the help of the Office of Student Engagement and a virtual programming guide. Dedicated Peer Mentors are partnering with the College and International Place (i-Place) to support international students.

The Laspa Center for Leadership will continue to help students connect over programs like Listen to Lead and the Student Leadership Institute, as well as by providing immersive opportunities for leadership development through the Laspa Fellowship program and skills development workshops.

The Laspa Center for Leadership has converted all current workshops and services to online events and discussion forums where possible. Search for upcoming events on Handshake or the Laspa Center website. Other online resources include the recently launched Olive Grove, an online networking and mentorship platform for students. Search for and connect with alumnae and members of the Scripps community for professional perspective, personal insight, and inspirational networking by joining Olive Grove today.

The Laspa Center will award We Act Grants with some restrictions this spring. The Center also hopes to offer access to select virtual seminars and trainings through its enhanced networks such PLEN and the Forte Foundation; please visit the Laspa Center website or email for more information.

Stay connected to the Lapsa Center and look for inspirational stories and resources on InstagramLinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE) will be led by new director, Marissiko Wheaton, Ph.D. who will work with SCORE interns to engage and connect SCORE communities.

SCORE Study Hours: Thursdays 4-6p pdt
SCORE Social Hour: Fridays 4-5p pdt
Tea Time with Dean Wheaton: Thursdays 3-4p pdt
Resource and Program Linktree:

Opportunities to engage across the Claremont Colleges remain: The Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA)Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA), and 5C Clubs and Organizations.

Q: Will student clubs and organizations (CLORGs) be allowed?

A: Yes, CLORGs may conduct meetings and activities virtually.

Q: Will the Laspa Center, the Empower Center, and Career Planning & Resources be open?

A: Yes. Programs and services provided by these offices will be virtual.

Q: Will I have access to funds or programs if I take a leave of absence?

A: Students must be currently enrolled to participate in College programs and/or receive funding from the College. This is the policy that is being applied across the board for any financial, leadership, or programmatic opportunities provided to students and is consistent with existing policy.

Q: Will I have access to CP&R if I take a leave of absence?

A: While priority will be given to currently enrolled students, Career Planning & Resources remains available to support students taking a leave of absence through virtual appointments, drop-in hours, events, career fairs, and digital career resources available on handshake.

Q: When do I need to let the College know whether I will enroll in the fall semester?

A: The deadline to notify the College of your intentions is 5pm PST on Friday, July 31. Please do so by completing this survey.

Q: Will new students be able to defer admission?

A: New students have the option of deferring admission until the spring semester. Incoming first-year students and incoming transfer students with questions about deferring should contact the Office of Admission.

Q: Will continuing students be able to take a leave of absence?

A: Continuing students may take a leave of absence at any time for up to two semesters. Although a student can take a leave at any time, they should be in communication with their academic adviser, be aware of their student accounts status, the tuition/fees and refund policy, and the implications to their graduation plan if they do so. For information specific to fall 2020, visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Q: Can I enroll part-time?

A: Certain degree-seeking students may, after consultation with their academic adviser and the Registrar, enroll on a part-time basis for a short period of time. Anything less than 3.0 courses is considered part time enrollment. Part time enrollment information can be found here in the Scripps Catalog.

Q: How are fees calculated for part-time enrollment?

A: Students enrolled in 3 or more course are considered full-time students and pay full-time tuition. View the section on Fees here to see our published info on course fees for students enrolled in less than 3.0 courses.

Q: Will tuition change as a result of the plan to be remote during the fall semester?

A: Tuition will be reduced to remain steady with the 2019–⁠20 rates, and not be increased for 2020–⁠21, as had previously been communicated. Billing information is available on the Student Accounts website. There will be no changes to the refund policy.

Q: Will fees be reduced?

A: Student body fees also have been set at the 2019–⁠20 levels. Student body fees are transferred to SAS, which distributes them to CLORGs so that CLORGS can provide programming. We anticipate that CLORGs will want to continue programming even though we will be virtual in the fall semester.

Q: Will financial aid change as a result of adjustments to tuition this year?   

A: The cost to attend for the academic year, among other factors, determines the maximum amount of aid you’re eligible to receive. To help new students plan, we use estimates of tuition, room and board, and fees when we make financial aid offers. Since all of these have changed, your financial aid may be adjusted accordingly.

Q: What happens to my financial aid and scholarships if I defer my admission or take a leave of absence this semester?  

A: If you defer admission until spring 2021, the spring portion of your financial aid offer will still be available. This includes need-based aid and scholarships.

Q: My family experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Can I apply for additional financial aid?

A: Students whose families have experienced significant financial changes due to COVID-19 should contact the Office of Financial Aid. Students may be asked to provide some additional documentation and information to help us best understand your family’s current financial circumstance.

Q: Is emergency assistance available for students who need help handling unanticipated expenses due to COVID-19? 

A: Funds may be available to students that experience unanticipated expenses during the fall or spring semester. Emergency funds and other forms of assistance will be available to Scripps students. Click here for details.

Q: Will work-study positions be available even though we will be remote? 

A: Because we will be remote in the fall, student employment opportunities will be limited. Where possible, the College will prioritize the hiring of students on work study, though we anticipate there will be fewer positions than in years past.

Q: Will the College support fundraising efforts to help cover student costs beyond financial aid for personal expenses such as rent, utilities, and other living expenses?

A: Scripps College is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt educational organization, and therefore, all funds, including those derived from fundraising activity, must be directed toward our educational purpose. The College is further bound by our commitment to honor donor intent, which means that all funds donated to the College must be spent in accordance with the original gift designation.

Q: How will private gifts to students affect financial aid eligibility?

A: The College must comply with federal government guidelines for financial aid. Those guidelines count private donations that directly support individual students as income, which may affect financial aid eligibility and award amounts. Students are encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid Office to understand the potential impact on awards.

Q: What do the new Student and Exchange and Visitor Program rules mean for students studying on F-1 visas?

A: On July 6, the Student and Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that it would be issuing a Final Temporary Rule governing F-1 visa students for the fall 2020 semester. The new rule will be different than the temporary exemption regarding online classes that SEVP issued in the spring. We are exploring ways to support our international students as we review the entire set of regulations and determine what they will require of the College in terms of compliance. We will keep the community apprised as developments occur. Assistant Dean Deb Gisvold is the Primary Contact Dean for new and returning international students. Please let her know if there is any immediate assistance the College might be able to provide.

Q: When do I have to let the College know that I plan to enroll in the fall semester?

A: The deadline to notify the college of your intentions is 5 p.m. PST on Friday, July 31. Please do so by completing this survey. Incoming first-year students and incoming transfer students with questions about deferring should contact the Office of Admission.

Q: When will new student orientation occur?

A: New students who deferred enrollment until the spring are encouraged to participate in a spring orientation program in January 2021.  The 3-day virtual program will provide information necessary for a smooth transition into the Scripps community.  Dates for the program will be posted on the NSPO website in the coming weeks. We will also create programming in support of families whose students will join the Scripps community this spring.


Q: Will tutors and note-takers be available for students needing them?

A: Yes. The Scripps Tutoring Program provides free tutoring for any Scripps student who is enrolled in any course within The Claremont Colleges. Tutoring is a peer-based, one-on-one or small group service that will be held virtually this semester. All tutoring services are based on tutor availability and requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tutoring for the fall 2020 semester will begin the week of September 14 and end November 20. Students who are in need of a tutor should request one here. All tutor inquiries should be directed to

MathSpot is a program offered by the Scripps Tutoring Program that provides drop-in tutoring for Scripps College math classes throughout the semester. The service is available for any student enrolled in a Scripps math course. MathSpot will be held virtually this semester every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. PST.

Additional requests should be directed to the Office of Academic Services at

Q: Will students have access to support and services provided by the Writing Center?

A: Yes. Please contact Glenn Simshaw, Writing Center Director.

Q: I do not have a working laptop or adequate access to WiFi at home. Can the College help?

A: Yes. Loaner laptops will be provided to students needing them and the College can help students with financial need who need to purchase or augment home WiFi. For assistance, contact Assistant Dean Deb Gisvold.

Q: My family and I were anticipating my returning to campus in the fall and now I don’t have a place to live and/or my situation does not allow for remote learning. What should I do?

A: In these circumstances, students receiving need-based financial aid can be packaged with funds to secure housing in the student’s geographical area. The amount packaged for fall 2020 housing assistance may not exceed room charges ($4,979 for the semester) and students receiving such assistance will be required to provide verification of rental agreement.

Q: Will students have access to emergency funds during the fall semester?

A: Yes. Students needing emergency financial assistance should contact their Primary Contact Dean, who will work with them to process the request.

Q: Will I have access to funds or programs if I take a leave of absence?

A: Students must be currently enrolled to participate in College programs and/or receive funding from the College. This is the policy that is being applied across the board for any financial, leadership, or programmatic opportunities provided to students and is consistent with existing policy.

Q: Will I have access to CP&R if I take a leave of absence?

A: While priority will be given to currently enrolled students, Career Planning & Resources remains available to support students taking a leave of absence through virtual appointments, drop-in hours, events, career fairs, and digital career resources available on handshake.

Q: I left my belongings at Scripps when we left campus in March. What are my options?

A: The College has agreed to continue storage for students through fall semester. Those who wished to have their items returned, submitted a request for shipment in September.  Shipments will begin in October though expected deliveries may take 10-12 weeks.  Once the College reaches a decision about spring instruction, additional information will be provided to those students whose items remain in storage.

Q: Since we will be remote in the fall, are Scripps students required to have health insurance?

A: Yes, students must have health insurance for the entire academic year. The Claremont undergraduate colleges have contracted with Aetna insurance to provide a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Students are automatically enrolled in the plan unless they complete the waiver process by September 1, 2020. Information about the plan can be found can be found on the Aetna website. Please continue to check your Scripps email account for information regarding the waiver process.

Q: Are there advantages to being enrolled in SHIP?

A: This depends on a student and their family’s individual circumstances. Many students choose to waive out of SHIP because they are covered through a family policy. To decide whether SHIP is right for you, visit the Aetna website. Please note that students electing to waive SHIP may not enroll in the Spring semester, except under very limited circumstances as determined by Aetna.

Q: Will the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) cover COVID related expenses?

A: SHIP covers some COVID related expenses.

Q: If I select SHIP and am receiving need-based financial aid, can I get financial assistance with the premium?

A: Yes, the cost of the premium can be factored into your cost of attendance.

Q: I will be residing outside of the United States during the fall semester. Will I be required to have SHIP?

A: Students living and studying remotely during the fall 2020 semester may elect SHIP, but will not be required to do so as long as they can present proof of coverage in their home country. This exception does not apply to Scripps students enrolled in approved off-campus study programs, although these students may waive SHIP if waiver criteria are satisfied. Students making this choice may not be able to enroll in SHIP in the spring semester, at Aetna’s discretion.

 Q: Will mental health services be available to students?

A: Yes. Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services will open on August 24 and the hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Scripps students may access services online. Additionally, Scripps will continue its Off-Campus Referral Program that connects students to approved counselors in their respective communities and provides financial assistance to those students needing help paying counselor fees. Currently many therapists have an online or telephone option.

Q: Will student medical services be available?

A: Yes. The Claremont Colleges have contracted with TimelyMD, a provider of online medical and counseling services. To access these services, students should visit the Campus.Health website or Visit the Apple or Android stores to download the free TimelyMD app. Set up a profile and at checkout, enter the institution’s customized coupon code (SCRIPPS2020).

Q: What other student wellness resources will be available?

A: We have increased resources dedicated to student wellness. On-demand 24/7 virtual medical visits will be available to students in all 50 states via telemedicine. Student mental health support will come from a variety of sources, including Monsour, Scripps Off-Campus Therapy Referral (OCTR) program, and TalkNow, an on-demand 24/7 tele-counseling option available to both domestic and international students. TalkNow is not just for students in crisis. Telemedicine and tele-counseling access are being provided at no additional cost to enrolled students. OCTR, overseen by our Case Management Office, provides subsidies of up to $75 per session to cover counseling costs for a local therapist, many of whom will provide services through online platforms. Because we will not be together in Claremont this fall, students may choose to treat with a therapist in their area.

Wellness programming will continue to extend beyond physical and mental well-being. Be sure to check out the Tiernan Field House wellness newsletter, which will connect you to group yoga, meditation, and other interactive ways to reduce stress, connect over fun activities, and stay healthy.