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5 College Junior

Academics: Small Classes. Teachers care. You're a face not a number.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The Claremont college's proximity allows for cross registration which increases the variety for classes by a lot!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: All the teachers in the physics department I've had are great.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am getting a great education.

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).

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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

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
88
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
31
Total FT Faculty
88
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$95,157
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
9%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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
  • Certificate
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • Mass Communication: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 16 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 16 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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