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Scripps aspires to be a diverse community committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression based on mutual respect. The College chooses to remain a largely residential college of fewer than 1,000 students, a scale that encourages women to participate actively in their community and to develop a sense of both personal ethics and social responsibility. Scripps cherishes its campus of uncommon beauty, a tribute to the founder's vision that the College's architecture and landscape should reflect and influence taste and judgment.
As full participants in the Claremont Colleges consortium, Scripps students are members of a small university community where they may enjoy academic and other educational opportunities throughout the coordinating colleges and the graduate school. As residents of southern California, Scripps women may explore varied cultural, ethnic, and geographical resources.
Scripps emphasizes high aspirations, high achievement, and personal integrity in all pursuits, and it expects students, faculty members, staff, and alumnae to contribute to Scripps and to their own communities throughout their professional, social, and civic lives. Scripps believes that this form of challenging and individualized education best prepares women for lives of confidence, courage, and hope.
Location and Community
With a student-faculty ratio of 11.5:1, the College is dedicated to a personalized education. Faculty members remain active in their fields, while making teaching Scripps students their first priority. Classes are taught by professors, not by graduate students. Of the full-time ongoing faculty members, 95 percent hold terminal degrees in their field, 58 percent are women, and 100 percent participate in the faculty-student advising program.
Local off-campus opportunities include internships with career professionals in a variety of fields: journalism, law, business, communications, medicine, and the arts. Examples of internship sites are the Getty Museum, the Walt Disney Company, Merrill Lynch, Warner Bros., the Minority Advertising Program, and INROADS. Students may also participate in political internships in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, California, or in other internships in museums, biological field stations, and public policy organizations such as the United Nations.
Approximately 50 percent of Scripps students supplement their education and life experience by studying abroad or participating in domestic off-campus study programs. Students can select from more than fifty international options each year, including France, Germany, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Nepal, China, and Japan. Students may also opt for domestic programs; going on exchange to Spelman, or combining classes at Drew University or George Washington University with an internship.
Scripps also cooperates in a dual 3-2 bachelor's degree program in engineering with a large number of institutions, including Boston University, Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USC, and Washington University in St. Louis. Other joint programs offering a bachelor's and a master's degree are available with the Claremont Graduate University in American politics, business administration, economics, international studies, philosophy, public policy studies, and religious studies.
Facilities and Resources
The Performing Arts Center is the College's newest addition to its academic facilities. Formerly the Garrison Theater for the Claremont Colleges and newly renovated, the Performing Arts Center provides a new home for the College's Music Department and offers state-of-the-art acoustics and theatrical systems for both instruction and performance.
The Millard Sheets Art Center, a $4-million facility that opened in 1994, provides studio space for painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics and contains a state-of-the-art computer art and design laboratory and photography studio. The W. M. Keck Joint Science Center, a national model of undergraduate science facilities that opened in 1992, offers students of biology, chemistry, and physics top-grade facilities, research opportunities, and a biological field station. The Clark Humanities Museum and Ruth Chandler Williamson Art Gallery exhibit the work of professionals and students.
Scripps’ computer facilities include a well-equipped microcomputer laboratory that houses both Macintosh and IBM platform computers as well as laser printers. There are also thirteen “smart” classrooms at Scripps, each of which is equipped with Dell or Macintosh platform computers, projectors, and screens. Scripps has opened a Multimedia Learning Center for faculty use in teaching and a Modern Language Laboratory/Technical Teaching Classroom. Users have access to a six-college network as well as the Internet. The Keck Science Center and the Millard Sheets Art Center each have their own computer labs with discipline-specific software programs. The libraries and music studio also have computer facilities.
One of the most important aspects of life at Scripps is the governance system. Students participate in the curricular and policymaking functions of the College. The College Council is composed of student body officers elected each spring and is chaired by the president of the student body. Each of the nine residence halls is self-governing, and students serve on a variety of Board of Trustees committees. The College has a serious commitment to the concept of shared responsibility for governance among students, the faculty, and administrators.
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Admission Requirements / Application
The Admission Committee gives careful consideration to every aspect of a student's application. Particular attention is given to the quality of an applicant's academic preparation. A recommended course of study consists of five academic subjects in each year of high school, including 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics), and either 3 years of a foreign language or 2 years each of two different languages. Applicants are encouraged to select honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate courses whenever available.
Students applying to Scripps College are expected to submit transcripts of all academic work in high school and college, a counselor recommendation, two teacher recommendations from teachers in different academic subject areas, a graded writing assignment, and SAT or ACT results, along with the application and essay. Students are encouraged to take SAT Subject Tests. The deadlines for application are November 1 or January 1 for early decision, November 1 for academic scholarships, and January 15 for regular decision.