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Scripps College

Scripps College

When Scripps was founded in 1926 in Claremont, California, it was one of few institutions dedicated to educating women for lives of commitment and engagement. Since then, Scripps has continued to champion qualities of both mind and spirit in accordance with the vision of its founder, newspaper entrepreneur and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Scripps is a close-knit community where students engage in a wide variety of clubs, athletic and artistic pursuits, and enjoy an vibrant life on campus.

Scripps students are inquisitive and passionate about their interests. They excel in a rigorous intellectual environment where collaboration is the norm, not competition.

Scripps faculty are distinguished teachers who are accomplished scholars, researchers, and leaders in their fields, accessible, and committed to your success.


The mission of Scripps College is “to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.”


Graffiti Wall: In spring of 1931, the first graduating class signed Graffiti Wall. Located between Toll Hall and Browning Hall, this area provides a place for the graduating class to create an artistic logo or image unique to them and sign each of their names. It is a visual reminder of Scripps’ history and reflects the changing tastes and interests of past years.

Matriculation: A relatively young tradition, matriculation began in 1990 with the arrival of President Nancy Bekavac. The key moment in the Matriculation Ceremony occurs in the first few days of new student orientation, when first-years process through the Ella Strong Denison Library East Door. This door remains locked on all other days of the year save commencement, when graduating seniors exit through this same door, signifying the beginning of commencement and the end of their educational journey at Scripps.

Afternoon Tea: The tradition of Afternoon Tea began in 1931 and continues today. The 1932 edition of the La Semeuse yearbook states, “Altogether the tea custom is a pleasant one, with the attractions of refreshments, relaxation and interesting conversation.” Scripps’ popular Afternoon Tea takes place every Wednesday afternoon during the academic year, and increasingly attracts students, faculty, staff, and visitors from all the colleges.

Candlelight Dinners: Begun on September 20, 1927 (the first night of the first year for the first class of Scripps) in Toll Hall, subsequent Candlelight Dinners were held in each hall with students and faculty and residence staff in attendance. The goal of the dinners was to promote a sense of family within the halls—unity represented in the single candle centerpiece. The tradition fell away in the 60s, but was re-instituted on a lesser scale in 2001 after the Malott Commons opened. Candlelight Dinners are now held four times a year, and are open to all students from the Scripps community.

Student Life:

At Scripps, you can choose from a 100-year-old historic landmark with hidden gardens or brand new facilities with all the amenities – both are minutes away from your classrooms or our state-of-the-art fitness facility with Olympic-size swimming pool.

The NCAA Division III program offered Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athletics is one of a kind experience exposing Scripps student-athletes to world-class competition across ten different sports. And if that’s not enough, our athletic facilities and club/intramural sports will pick up the slack.

In the 5C community, students participate in more than 350 clubs and organizations.



Stag and Athena
Athletes from CMC, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps College compete under one program – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athletics. The mascot for the men's team is Stag, and that of the women's teams is Athena.

Scripps College today:

With 50 majors available, Scripps offers a world of opportunities to explore and the academic breadth of experience found at major universities. The most popular majors are: art, biology, economics, English, French studies, mathematics, politics and international relations, and psychology. Twenty-one percent of Scripps students choose a double or dual major.


Scripps current enrollment is approximately 960 undergraduate students from 43 states and 20 countries.

Famous graduates:

Gabrielle Giffords (born June 8, 1970) worked as an urban planner before winning election to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2000. She was elected to U.S. Congress in 2005—only the third Arizona woman to do so. Giffords was the victim of an assassination attempt in 2011. She recovered in time to see her husband command the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavor, and to vote on the debt-ceiling bill, before resigning from Congress in 2012. Giffords went on to co-found the advocacy group Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Melanie Rawn (born in 1954) is an author of fantasy literature. She received a BA in history from Scripps College and worked as a teacher and editor before becoming a writer. She has been nominated for a Locus award on three separate occasions: in 1989 for Dragon Prince in the first novel category, in 1994 for Skybowl in the fantasy novel category, and again in 1995 for Ruins of Ambrai in the fantasy novel category. The third novel in the "Exiles" trilogy has been "forthcoming" for over a decade due to the author suffering from clinical depression and moving on to other projects to facilitate her recovery.

Interesting facts about Scripps College:

Scripps students annually win research and fellowship grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Goldwater Scholarship, and Watson Fellowship programs, among others.

Clark Hall at Scripps College is said to be haunted by multiple spirits, and students have experienced moved objects, darting shadows, and even the occasional ghost stopping by to say hello!