Scripps College, a women’s college in Claremont, CA, sits in the shadow of Mt San Antonio in southern California (just 30 miles east of L.A.). The private, 4-year school was founded in 1926 by Elizabeth Browning Scripps, a philanthropist, educator and publisher who was ahead of her time (focusing on women’s cultural issues). Sited on 37 acres, Scripps College is often counted among the most beautiful campuses. Scripps College sits among the 5 “Claremont Colleges” (5 local schools that cooperate academically and athletically) including Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College and Pitzer College. Among the many artists and culturally-conscious women who graduated from Scripps is US Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.
Scripps College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degrees in over 50 majors. Its cooperative partnership with the “5-College” Program adds an additional 11 programs. The largest programs include Biology and Bio-Medical Sciences, Social Sciences and Cultural/Ethnic studies. Presently, there are no online degree programs available. Scripps College’s Mission 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.” All students take a “Core Curriculum” a 3-course series of Humanities exposing students to some of the major concepts and dialogues shaping modern intellectual thought and challenging them to investigate and debate those issues by drawing from multiple perspectives. It is considered the “most rewarding, frustrating, and enriching academic experience you’ll ever have” and provides the foundation for the remainder of the student’s education.
Enrollment at Scripps College is just under 1,000 students; they boast a very selective admission process. Campus housing includes 9 residence halls and apartments, and there is a robust intramural sports network. Also, students have over 350 clubs of various focus to occupy their spare time. For athletics, the Green & White Athenas partner with Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd Colleges to compete in NCAA Division III sports fielding 11 teams. Scripps is also home to the Motley Coffeehouse – ‘the largest all-women, student-run organization west of the Mississippi.’ Traditions on campus include Wednesday Afternoon Tea, a tradition since 1931. The continuing concert series Levitt on the Lawn features female musicians and aims to build community through music. The students learn the core values of Scripps College: intellectual curiosity and risk-taking, service, global citizenry, and the celebration of difference. Once considered radical for a women’s institution, these values have found a welcome place in modern culture.