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Scripps College
Claremont, California

Since its founding in 1926 as one of the few institutions in the West dedicated to educating women for professional careers as well as personal intellectual growth, Scripps College has championed the qualities of mind and spirit described by its founder, newspaper entrepreneur and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. Scripps remains a women's college because it believes that having women at the core of its concerns provides the very best environment for intellectually ambitious women to learn from a distinguished teaching faculty and from each other. Scripps emphasizes a challenging core curriculum based on interdisciplinary humanistic studies, combined with rigorous training in the disciplines, and sees this as the best possible foundation for any goals a woman may pursue.

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
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Scripps is located in Claremont, California, a college town of 39,000 people. It is 35 miles east of Los Angeles and 25 miles east of Pasadena. The mountains, beaches, and deserts of southern California are easily accessible by car. The climate is cool and dry in the winter, warming in the late spring.

Academic Life
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps, students must successfully complete a minimum of thirty-two courses. Course work is divided into three parts: core curriculum requirements, major concentration course work, and elective or minor concentration course work. Core curriculum requirements provide a solid academic frame, while electives allow students significant flexibility in studying courses from the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, natural sciences, and mathematics. Scripps operates on a semester calendar, beginning in early September and ending in mid-May.

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.

Majors Offered:
Scripps College awards the Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting; American studies; anthropology; art history; Asian-American studies; Asian studies; biology; biology/chemistry; Black studies; chemistry; Chicano studies; Chinese; classics; computer science; dance; economics; English; environmental science; environment, economics, and politics; environmental studies; European studies; foreign languages and literature; French studies; geology; gender and women's studies; German literature/civilization; German studies; Hispanic studies; history; human biology; humanities; Italian literature/civilization; Japanese; Jewish studies; Latin American studies; legal studies; linguistics; mathematical economics; mathematics; media studies; molecular biology; music; neuroscience; organizational studies; philosophy; physics; politics and international relations; psychology; public policy analysis; religious studies; Russian; science and management; science/technology and society; sociology; Spanish literature/civilization; studio arts; theater; and women's studies.

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 Claremont Colleges library system holds more than 2 million volumes. The Denison Library at Scripps houses an impressive humanities and fine art collection and is renowned for its special and rare books. A cross-linked computer system affords access to off-campus libraries, including the University of California system.

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.

Campus Life
Scripps students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities on campus, or they may choose to get involved in any of more than 200 five-college clubs, and a multitude of five-college and Scripps campus events. In 2000, Scripps dedicated the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons, which houses a large centralized dining facility, the student-run Motley Coffeehouse, an expanded Career Planning & Resource Center, a student activities office, the College mailroom, a student store, and a banquet facility that highlights a variety of speakers across many disciplines. Also in 2000, an additional residence hall opened, adding to the beauty of the campus. All student rooms provide Ethernet access and connectivity to the Scripps College network. Each residence hall is equipped with a computer room that houses Pentium multimedia systems for student use.

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.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
Scripps offers eleven NCAA Division III sports teams, intramural and club sports. Since its inception, the women’s program (Athenas) has won 55 SCIAC titles, which is the second most among SCIAC schools. The men’s program (Stags)—which has been around since 1947—has won 147 SCIAC titles, 36 more than any other SCIAC school during this same period. Of the 19 teams that comprise the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps program, each has won a conference title at least twice—the only participating institution in SCIAC to earn this distinction.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
It is the goal of Scripps College to attract the best students, regardless of their ability to pay. Approximately 60 percent of Scripps students receive financial aid, usually in a combination of grants and scholarships, loans, and part-time student employment. Awards are based on the financial need of the student. The College also offers a variety of academic scholarships ranging from half tuition to full tuition, room, and board.

Admission Requirements / Application
Scripps College seeks energetic and intellectually curious students who are interested in pursuing a challenging liberal arts curriculum. In addition to high levels of academic and personal achievement, Scripps values demonstrated leadership, initiative, integrity, and creativity.

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.

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