While the vast fields of grass, quaint gardens, and courtyards of Scripps' campus gives off an aura of history and past generations, there are plenty of modern facilities that are widely used by students. Facility improvement and expansion has been occurring at Scripps at a rapid rate. The Sallie Tiernan Field House is a state-of-the-art exercise facility complete with multiple exercise rooms, dance studios, and saltwater pool. There is also a performing arts center and music library. There is a balanced combination of tradition and modernity that adds to the beauty of the campus and the inviting atmosphere of the facilities. The only complaint that students have is that individual dorms are not equipped with individual, miniature facilities or up-to-par televisions, which forces everyone to gather at a central school facility. Also, there are very few pay phones, and the closest ATM vestibule is at Pomona College.
Malott Commons, the dining hall, is also home to SARLO (Student Activities and Recreational Life Office). SARLO offers activities, such as Sex in the City nights, and students can come to rent movies, games, or sign up for off-campus trips. The dining hall, student-run Motley coffeehouse, mailroom, and student store are accessible to students and are all conveniently set around the infamous Seal Court, a popular hangout spot where many students come to relax for a cup of coffee or study under the shade.