Claremont, CA
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are challenging, thought-provoking, and high-quality. Small class sizes, dedicated professors. It's a good set-up. We can also take classes at the other 5Cs (Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, Pomona).

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are great, challenging and faculty want to see you succeed.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The english program is way too focused on the canon and survey courses.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I've been fairly pleased by the rigor of the classes but variety of the selection of courses, I have not been. My best classes have all been taken off campus, too.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The course load is rigorous but manageable if you stay on top of your game! There are so many resources to help you out also such as tutors, professor's office hours, the writing center, the language lab, and the list goes on and on. Because class size is so small (average of 15 students) your professors really know who you are and want to help you succeed which has really made a difference in my education at Scripps College.

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  • 100th
    Most Available Classes
  • 115th
    Smartest Professors
  • 149th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 262nd
    Best Registration Process
  • 275th
    Best Academic Advisers

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Jenna Tico
Santa Barbara, CA
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Scripps's academics are focused wholly on the process of learning and the pursuit of knowledge. Students do not find learning to be a chore and constantly challenge each other. When asked what drew them to Scripps, nearly all students will state that academics was the primary factor.

Being a small liberal-arts college, Scripps does not provide the large variety of classes that many universities might offer, but students may take classes at the other Claremont colleges if registration quotas allow. The small size of the school permits its professors to focus their attention on the education of a tight group of undergraduates. All teachers maintain weekly office hours and are always open to individual appointments, whether it may pertain to class or personal concerns and issues. It has been commented that Scripps professors are quite often very traditional, which is both true and false, as well as both a pro and con. Tradition and the classics do indeed have a strong presence in Scripps learning and teaching style. Many students may find this to be old-fashioned, close-minded, or dull. However, students will find that most professors are open to the ideas of their students, and open discussions and arguments are a daily occurrence in classes, where a thought can be revamped completely in the span of 50 minutes. Scripps faculty introduce new ideas and philosophies of the current time while keeping in touch with old roots. This is especially apparent through the unique CORE program, which is three required semesters stressing culture, knowledge, and representation through the past, present, and future. All in all, it is up to the students to shape the style and atmosphere of the class, and it is their work, ideas, and effort that decide what is learned.

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 79%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 21%
  • 50 or More Students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Mass Communication: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 7%
  • Studio Arts: 2%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Denison Library
  • Dorm lounges
  • Honnold/Mudd Library
  • Motley Coffee House
Tips to Succeed
  • Always be yourself.
  • Be comfortable with being seen in pajamas and a cap.
  • Be open minded.
  • Be willing to learn from others successes and failures.
  • Do not allow yourself to fall behind.
  • Do not be afraid to discuss thoughts and ideas.
  • Do not let challenges and failures daunt you.
  • Do not lose sight of your goals.
  • Explore new things.
  • Have fun.
  • Love what you do.
Did You Know?
  • All courses at Scripps are taught by professors.
  • The entire freshman class takes Core I seminar together on the same day, at the same time, and in the same auditorium.
  • Seventy-two percent of classes have 20 or fewer students.
  • Scripps has the largest number of National Merit Scholars of all women's colleges in the country.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 16 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 16 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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