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.