Scripps has a student body of approximately 780 to 800 students, with more than half being from out of state. Students come from a wide range of hometowns, with many from big cities and others from tiny suburbs and secluded towns. There is a small amount of international students every year, coming from anywhere from Indonesia to Columbia. The largest minority on campus is Asians and Asian-Americans, who make up roughly 15 percent of the student population. Other minorities comprise about nine percent of the population, which signifies a lack of diversity that has become a rising issue of concern amongst students. The openness to sexuality is very great on campus, and exploration and the embracement of differences are emphasized. Recently, there has been a growing focus on diversity on and off campus, and students are becoming more active in both teaching and learning about issues that address differences and their beauty.
Also, the diversity of class and economic background does not have a very extensive range. Almost all of the students at Scripps are from a middle- to upper-middle-class family. This factor is a concern to many of the students, and there are many efforts to influence the college towards recruiting more students from a variety of backgrounds. Although there are opportunities on campus and across the Claremont campuses for students to be exposed to diversity and involved in class, cultural, and ethnic activities, the diversity on campus remains very limited.