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Diversity: There's an effort to make everyone comfortable.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is such a DIVERSE scene at Scripps. There are clubs for different ethnicities and international groups. I love when I'm in class and I hear multiple perspectives on a matter from someone else because they come from a different background and it's always refreshing to listen to. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and different perspectives are often encouraged here at Scripps.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The students at Scripps are predominantly white, upper-middle class and able-bodied. I think Scripps can do a way better job in regards to diversity.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: So many caucasian students can create a very homogenous student body. Religious students, I've heard, can feel stifled by the liberal and secular majority. The same, I think, could be said for students who are conservative, politically or culturally.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Scripps isn't very diverse, but it's quite accepting. There is a group for what feels like every ethnic group and sexual orientation. There are several services for different religions at the religious center, and a republican and democrat club.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virgin Islands
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 48%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 5%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is large proportional gay population at Scripps, and there’s safe space for queer and questioning students to freely discuss issues of importance amongst themselves. The Queer Resource Center (the 5-College organization for lesbian/gay/bisexual students) helps to build a queer community within the colleges.
Political Activity
Scrippsies are known to be very liberal and proactive in their political views. Many of the students are involved in the Democratic and Republican clubs of the Claremont colleges. Booths are set up during election periods and voting information is readily available, as are ways to become more informed on the issues.
Economic Status
A very large proportion of Scripps’s students are from the upper-middle to top income level, but the average Scrippsie is usually of middle-class origin.
Most Common Religions
The most popular religious student groups are Christian, although a large number of Scripps students identify themselves as atheist/agnostic. Many students also take advantage of on-campus opportunities to explore other religions, such as Zen Buddhism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are not many minority clubs on campus, but usually there are one or two prominent on each campus. Most are open to students of all five colleges, although students usually are most involved on their own campus. There is an on-campus organization for Latina Scripps students called Café Con Leche, which puts together a series of campus-wide events, including monthly dinners inspired by a particular Spanish-speaking country.
Did You Know?
  • There is a Diversity Mentoring Program through the Scripps College Alumnae Association to provide support and resources to underrepresented backgrounds including, but not limited to, categories of race, ethnicity, religion, beliefs, class, age, gender, sexuality, and physical ableness.
  • The most recent Strategic Plan of Scripps cites diversity as a responsibility-"increase diversity in all aspects of academic and campus life and among all members of the community."

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 18 responses

  • 22% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 18 responses

  • 33% Progressive/very liberal
  • 56% Liberal
  • 6% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 18 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 17 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 18 responses

  • 67% Very accepting.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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