Scripps College
Claremont, CA, USA

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Scripps College
4.61 Average Rating

Irina from San Rafael, CA

a current student here
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In three sentences
There is definitely a specific type of student who does well at Scripps College. This student is nerdy (and not necessarily in the Big Bang Theory sense), curious, and--most importantly--open to new ideas and new experiences. The required courses, such as those that fall under Core and Breath of Study, ensure that Scripps students are exposed to such ideas and experiences, and the involved and interested faculty are there to lead the way.
Tips for prospective students
Don't discount Scripps just because it is a women's college. We do have students who identify as male and Harvey Mudd, CMC, Pitzer, and Pomona are just a short walk away if you still find the need for more testosterone.
Definitely plan a visit. Take a tour. Spend a night in a dorm room. Sip on a Mexican Chai from the Motley in Seal Court. Eat an orange, or a kumquat, or a loquat off a tree. Talk to students. Really, come up to any Scrippsie and ask about Scripps. We love to chat with prospies and I promise that we'll be open and honest about our experience.
Academic Rigor
Scripps is no Harvey Mudd on the rigor scale, but academics are far from easy. This is definitely a college to which one goes for learning, not for partying. I made most of my best friends while bonding over homework assignments and hanging out in office hours. Professors make themselves available for help and encourage group work. As one of my professors pointed out, very few papers are published by a single individual.
Dorm Life
Scripps routinely makes it on lists of colleges with dorms like palaces, and with good reason. Several of our dorms are historic landmarks, and our newest dorm is even more gorgeous. Over 90% of Scripps students live on campus all 4 years.
That said, dorm bonding doesn't happen beyond your first year (if it happens then), so you might have to go out of your way to make friends with your neighbors. Still, Scripps is known as the quiet campus of the 5C's which makes getting some sleep before midterms a definite possibility.
Food and Dining
7 dining halls on 5 campuses. Competition definitely benefits the students. Check out Taco Tuesday at Pitzer, Muddgolian at Harvey Mudd, and sushi night at Scripps.
What to do for fun
The Claremont Village is just a 15-minute walk away, and has restaurants, shops, a movie theater, several frozen yogurt places, and a weekly Farmers' Market. There is rarely a lack of activity on campus, though. We have several a capella groups and comedy groups (Without a Box is my favorite) that put on regular shows. Big names (LMFAO, Taylor Swift, and John Legend come to mind) occasionally perform on campus as well. The Motley also often has local musicians playing.
There are also a ton of CLORGs (Clubs and Organizations). I recommend joining the Dirigible Plums, the Claremont Colleges Quidditch Team. :)
Bang for the buck
It's expensive, but the Financial Aid department is wonderful and merit aid is available.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Every Wednesday afternoon, Scripps students and faculty come out for afternoon tea. Another food tradition is Evening Snack (as opposed to midnight snack) on Tuesday nights.
Other traditions include birthday (or half-birthday/quarter-birthday/your-friends-felt-like-it) fountainings and sunbathing on the quad whenever it hits about 70, which is often in Southern California.
Great for these types of students
nerdy, open minded, interested in learning
Clubs and Activities
CLORGs range from Challah for Hunger and Women in Science to the Fine Cheese Club and Babes and Blankets.
Greek Life
There is a joke that says that Scripps is one big sorority, but there is not actually any Greek Life on campus.
Campus Safety
Campus Safety patrols campuses all the time. The most common crime is bicycle theft (lock your bikes), but I've heard of people leaving their laptops unattended in the library and finding them untouched upon returning.
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Summer from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Classes at Scripps (and all of the Claremont Colleges) are definitely a lot of work and require thoughtfulness and dedication. You will spend a considerable amount of time studying, reading, writing papers, and getting to know professors in office hours. The Core program is particularly challenging but in a fabulous mind opening way!
Am enjoying being here
I love the small community where you really get to meet a lot of people (for example, I know almost all of the other women who posted here on Cappex to review Scripps!) within the larger consortium that offers a greater veil of privacy. My classes are challenging, engaging, and fascinating. I don't give Scripps a perfect five stars because I sometimes wish I knew more boys and occasionally feel like I don't come from enough money to participate in the dominant Claremont culture. There are, however, great extracurricular and work opportunities on campus that are ripe for the picking!
Bang for the buck
I was awarded a merit scholarship (the James E. Scripps Scholarship) which covers half of my tuition plus room and board with a no loan guarantee. I am currently receiving almost $18,000 in grants from the college on top of the ~$24,000 scholarship because my particular need is high. If you're a good high school student, apply early for this opportunity! College is surprisingly affordable for me and my large family because of it! Even if you aren't awarded scholarships, they still do a very good job with financial aid. It's easy to write a letter to David Levy and explain extraneous circumstances that might not show up on paperwork, and after my family did they adjusted our award accordingly.
Tips for prospective students
Before I came to college, I expected it to be the perfect fantasy world wistfully recalled by middle aged nonfiction writers and illustrated in an Asher Roth music video. But college is real life too, there are ups and downs and individual unique people who define your experience. With Scripps as with any college, things are never perfect. Just remember to get involved with 5C activities, be open to new experiences and people, and have fun! Take advantage of everything, you're paying for the five star gym and the advanced College and Career center, so go there!
Great for these types of students
There are a couple of groups of Scripps students. If you like to work out, party hard, and wear cute clothes, you'll find that crowd here for sure. Also the quieter but still interesting group of students who like things like Doctor Who and staying in to watch movies. There's a strong LGBTQ community here as well. And no matter what kind of woman you are, you definitely have to be a hard working student who likes to engage with course material and is okay with hanging out with girls almost all the time! Really, even though we're surrounded by four co-ed schools, Scripps women hang out a lot with other Scripps women.
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Current Student

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In three sentences
At Scripps, we live and learn in a tight-knit community where we share our experiences and make meaningful connections with others. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by not only independent and self-motivated students at Scripps, but also other wonderful students from the 5Cs. I wouldn't trade my academic and social experience at Scripps for anything--it is truly unique and I've learned and grown so much since my first year!
Tips for prospective students
1. It is okay (actually better) to take different kinds of classes before deciding on a major. I took Intro to Legal Studies during my second semester of freshman year and loved it! Now I'm dual-majoring in Economics and Legal studies.

2. Visit all different kinds of colleges. Scripps is a wonderful school, but it is not the school for everyone. Come visit our campus and schedule an interview if possible. Remember, college admission is a mutually-selective process.

3. Join clubs and attend on-campus events! There's always something for everyone at Scripps and the 5Cs, such as Salsa night, speed-dating mixer, movie night, karaoke night, beach volleyball tournament, and CMS (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) vs PP (Pomona-Pitzer) sports games.
Academic Rigor
The humanities classes at Scripps are usually discussion-based with around 12-15 students per class. Sometimes classes like ECON51 or ECON52 may be larger, but usually no more than 25 people. My favorite thing about classes at Scripps is that professors give us space to learn, by letting us facilitate classroom discussions and work on creative projects. I love the individualized attention I get from my professors. Classes are challenging and people do bomb their papers or exams once in a while, but individualized feedback from professors and extra credit opportunities do make up for it. Scripps also has a wonderful tutoring program that pays qualified students to tutor their peers. My econ tutor actually became one of closest friends!
Dorm Life
I live in beautiful GJW and I have a giant walk-in closet, a nice and long sink space, and large floor space where I can do four giant leaps. I'd say it's even nicer than my room back home.
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Alex from New York City, NY

a current student here
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In three sentences
Scripps is an incredible place for any type of woman to attend. Everyone is so passionate about a variety of different disciplines. You can't help but be inspired by the people around you.
Tips for prospective students
Come tour the college! I know for many students coming out to California can be difficult, but the best way to get a sense of a college is by being on the campus. Scripps is a very beautiful place, that you'll be hard pressed not to fall in love with.
Academic Rigor
The classes are definitely not easy, but if you're willing to work hard it's not impossible to get an A. Obviously, the rigor depends on the courses and your own abilites, but the professors definitely expect a lot from you.
Dorm Life
The halls on campus are kept meticiously clean, and are beautiful. They aren't all uniform, and each has its own secret gardens, living rooms, and reading rooms that give it a certain personality. All the dorms are mixed between all years, and there are a lot of fun bonding events every month. Many rooms have balconies, and personal sinks. The rooms tend to be spacious. The bathrooms are kept very clean, and most are tiled with marble showers/stalls.
Food and Dining
The meal plan at Scripps allows you to eat at all the dining halls at the Claremont Colleges (Pitzer, Harvey Mudd, Claremont Mckenna, and Pomona). This allows you to have a lot of variety in your meals, and there's a website where you can see what is being offered at each dining hall for each meal so you can get whatever looks best to you. Each school tries to attract the most amount of students to their dining hall, and because of this competition the food being served is always delicious. Very vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and allergy friendly. Lots of organic foods and they try to support locally grown food as well.
What to do for fun
Being part of the consortium there's always something to do on campus. Whether you're into partying at night, salsa dancing, movie marathons, camping, attending concerts, or hearing a speaker there's always options at one of the five campuses. It's hard to be bored in Claremont.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Every Wednesady in Seal Court (google it--it's beautiful) we have Tea. This is normally sponsored by a club or resource on campus. There are different kinds of snacks, and drinks for an hour from 3:30-4:30. It's a great time to hang out with your friends, catch up with old classmates, or get a chance to talk to an old or current professor. They are heavily attended, and are a great Scripps tradition.
Great for these types of students
There are a wide variety of women at Scripps, and I think that anyone could flourish here. Scripps students are overwhelmingly passionate about something, but certainly don't fit any overarching stereotype. It's easy to get a sense of how different all Scripps students are when visiting the campus, but that's what makes it such a cool place. Even though everyone is different, everyone has a lot of respect for each other
Clubs and Activities
There a lot of different clubs and organizations on campus that you can join, and on top of those options because we are part of the consortium it's possible to join clubs at any of the other campuses. There are many clubs between campuses, so the options are endless. It's also very easy to start up a new club if you don't find what you're looking for.
Campus Safety
You always see campus safety around campus, although Claremont is a very safe place. You rarely have to worry about Claremont student on Claremont student theft, and so people are very trusting about leaving doors unlocked, computers out at the library, etc. Campus safety is really approachable, and understanding. I've never felt unsafe at the college, but they are happy to drive you home from somewhere if you don't feel safe. We also have the blue light system on campus.
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Haley from Seattle, WA

a current student here
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In three sentences
Scripps is a women's college that fosters an incredibly strong community for learning. It creates a nurting environment that helps women go beyond thier comfort zone and expand what they are interested in. It is impossible not to feel at home at Scripps because of the amazing location, dorms, and food.
Tips for prospective students
Bring a fan if you're not used to the southern california heat because not all the dorms have AC.
Academic Rigor
Scripps is very accademically challenging but has incredible resources for help. Teachers expect a lot from you, but also are always willing to help. They have mandatory office hours twice or three times as well and are also all available by appointment. Class sizes are so small (average is 15 students) so teachers know your name and really want you to succeed. There are also free tutors for almost every subject, a writing center, and a langauge lab. The academic environment is not competitive in any way which creates a really good place to learn where everyone feels comfortable and wants to help eachother out rather than compete with them.
Dorm Life
The dorms at Scripps are absolute palaces. There are 9 dorms total on campus and 95% of Scripps students live on campus all four years (when they are not abroad). The rooms are spacious and most are connected to balconies or terraces overlooking courtyards or gardens. We have browsing rooms and kitches on every floor as well as each dorm has a living room, a recreation room, and a computer lab. Rooms are pretty big. Seniors and Juniors are pretty much guaranteed a single which is nice. First years have a random roommate based on a questionaire and are often placed in doubles or triples. The triples are meant for three though so they are large enough to hold that many people. In every dorm there are hidden courtyards with fountains that are really cool to explore. Every living room has a fireplace and a piano which can be a lot of fun as well.
Food and Dining
The food at Scripps is amazing. Because Scripps is part of the Claremont Colleges Consortium you can eat at any of the school's dining halls for any meal. We have a website and app which show you what is being served at each dining hall for every meal so you can pick what looks best for that meal. On Friday's we haev sushi night, on Saturday's we have steak and salmon - so there are really gormet choices which make it so it doesn't feel like dining hall food at all. We also have flex dollars which come with the meal plan that can be used at any eatery around the 5 campuses. So if you miss a meal or want to buy coffee at the Motley Coffee House on Scripps' campus you can use flex dollars. There are tons of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options so there is something for everyone!
What to do for fun
Scripps' social scene is very intertwined with the other 4 Claremont Colleges. We get an email from student government on Thursday that tells us what is going on, on all the 5 Claremont schools that weekend. It includes movie screenings, poetry slams, parties, concerts, etc. All of the events are open to students across the 5 Claremont Colleges so it is really up to you what you want to do and where you want to go. Most people stay on campus for the weekends becuase there is so much to do but it is also easy to get off campus. Claremont the town is super cute and has really good restaurants - it is also only a 7 minute walk away. There is also a metro stop in Claremont that takes you directly to downtown LA where you can find just about anything. Scripps also sponsors off campus trips to the beach, disney land, nearby shopping places, etc so if you don't have a car it's pretty easy to get around as well.
Bang for the buck
There are so many more resources available to you at Scripps that really make it easy to see where your money is going to. The faculty, resources, and quality of life is extrememly amazing at Scripps.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
All the seniors before graduation have a naked brunch in the Margaret Fowler Garden and drink champagne.
Great for these types of students
Driven motivated women that are looking for opportunities to expand their interests. There is so much to get involved in!
Clubs and Activities
There are an enormous amount of clubs and activites at the Claremont Schools. Because Scripps has its own set of Scripps only clubs as well as 5C Clubs are avalable it makes room for a lot of options. Pretty much every club you would ever want is offered somewhere on the Claremont Colleges, and if it isn't it is incredibly easy to start a new club.
Greek Life
None.
Campus Safety
Camp Sec is evreywhere. Blue Light system is all around the campuses for escorts home or in case of emergency. Camp Sec is also there to make sure people are safe not to get people in trouble so they are really nice and helpful.
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TEAorCOFFEE

a current student here
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Scripps College is the women's college of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate colleges in southern California. Scripps offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, and has a unique Core program in the humanities. The Claremont Colleges share athletic and dining facilities; additionally, cross-enrollment in classes at Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Harvey Mudd College is common for many Scripps students.
Tips for prospective students
In terms of admissions, Scripps generally does not take in many prospective transfer students. However, prospective first year students with strong academic transcripts and meaningful extracurricular activities are generally seriously considered for admission. I recommend being meticulous when filling out forms and supplements. Also, stellar letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, and/or peers who know you well should help. The more interest you show in the college, the more likely you will be seriously considered for admission. If you have the option to visit Claremont, do it. If you have the option to schedule an interview, do it.

Scripps offers hour-long campus tours five (sometimes six during the fall season when there is an influx of prospective students) days a week, as well as the option to schedule an â??overnightâ?? stay with a student hostess. Additionally, special events such as Preview Week (for prospective students) and Spend a Day in Our Shoes (for admitted students) are also available. Take advantage of these resources that are generally not offered at larger universities! They are a great insight into the academic, dorm, and overall social life at Scripps. A visit, especially an overnight, will help you decide whether Scripps is the right place for you. On the whole, show Scripps that you are truly a perfect fitâ?? â?? a strong young woman who will flourish in a rigorous academic and vibrant social environment.
Academic Rigor
The workload is what you make of it. You can take the average course load of four class or you can take five or more classes. The difficulty you will have really depends on how hard your classes are (and also if they come with lab), whether you are committed to extracurricular activities (and also how many), and whether you also have work study. Some students choose to challenge themselves and take four difficult classes (chemistry, etc.). Other students take four easy classes (anthropology, etc.), but choose to engage themselves in a number of extracurricular and outside activities, such as intermural sports or an internship in Los Angeles. Either way, Scripps students are typically overinvolved and I have never met anyone who had a truly â??boringâ?? or â??easyâ?? schedule.

Nevertheless, I find that most Scripps students can easily find a good balance between work and play. It should be noted that the professors at Scripps and the Claremont Colleges are excellent. They are always willing to help students, but communication is key. If you take the initiative to attend office hours before exams and send emails when absent, you will get a lot out of the small liberal arts college experience. Classes tend to be small (anywhere from five to twenty-five students, though introductory science classes tend to have more, say about fifty students), so expect to get to know your professors and classmates fairly well. Your participation or lack thereof will be noticed!
Dorm Life
The dorms at Scripps are considered to be the nicest out of all the dorms at the Claremont Colleges. Most upperclassmen live in either singles or suites (they range from three-person to four-person to five-person to seven-person), and most if not all students live on campus. Scripps takes great pride in maintaining the architectural integrity of the college and the dorms are well kept by the maintenance staff. All dorms have central heating and the newer dorms have central air conditioning as well. The older dorms are Ellen Browning Hall, Susan Miller Dorsey Hall, Grace Scripps Clark Hall, and Eleanor Joy Toll Hall. They are known for their charm and many students prefer to live in them rather than the newer dorms. The newer dorms are Frankel Hall/Mary Routt Hall, Kimberly Hall/Wilbur Hall, and Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Hall.

Kimberly Hall and Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Hall are generally considered the least and most desirable dorms, respectfully. Where you live depends on an annual event called Hall Draw, a lottery process that is generally a hot mess every year. That said, most students walk away from it happy with their assignments. Some students choose to live off-campus in nearby apartment complexes or even at the other 5Cs via the Five College Exchange. Additionally, a few sophomore students and upperclassmen live in the Oldenborg Center, the foreign language residence hall at Pomona College. The selection process to live in Oldenborg is competitive and applicants must demonstrate knowledge of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish.
Food and Dining
The Claremont Colleges share many facilities amongst themselves, dining halls included. There are seven dining halls in total, one at each of the Claremont Colleges (Pomona College however has three dining halls, one of them being the Oldenborg Center, which also serves as a residence hall.). As a Scripps student, you may eat at any of the seven dining halls, save for Oldenborg, which is only open during the weekdays at lunch (for the residents who live there, to practice their language with their peers; this is required of all Oldenborg residents). All of them are very decent, however, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons (Scripps' dining hall) is generally recognized as one of the better dining halls. There is always a fresh salad bar and pizza in the oven at meals (save for at breakfast for obvious reasons). Organic, vegetarian, and vegan options are also always available, but McConnell Bistro (Pitzer's dining hall) tends to have better options.

Malott is busiest during its weekly sushi nights and steak nights, which are generally considered its best meals. The sushi and steak are both rather mediocre in my opinion, but very decent considering its dining hall food. I have had friends visit from other colleges, and they told me the food at Malott is amazing in comparison to the food served at their dining halls. What Malott lacks is creativity â?? the food is actually quite alright, but the menu is rather repetitive. You can almost predict the menu sometimes â?? burger and fries, quesadillas and grilled chicken, pizza, sweet potatoes and pork roast, something weird in the â??Internationalâ?? section, cookies and frozen yogurtâ?¦ and etcetera. If you are curious what options are available to 5C students, I recommend checking out the Five-College Menu (it is maintained by a current student, though he does not go to Scripps for obvious reasons): http://www.mikemaltese.com/5cmenu/.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There is tradition at the 5Cs called â??fountainingâ??. Many people are â??fountainedâ?? or dunked in one of the 5Csâ?? numerous fountains on their birthdays. This tradition is however not widely practiced at Scripps (mostly at Claremont McKenna College and Pomona College and their respective fountains).
Greek Life
There are no fraternities or sororities at Scripps, though there are some (maybe two?) at Pomona College that are very low key. However, there is generally a 5C party every Saturday, the quality ones being at Harvey Mudd College (quantity at Claremont McKenna College). These are a lot of fun!
Campus Safety
There are very, very few instances of crime at Scripps . They tend to be limited to petty theft or vandalism, and even this is mostly at either Claremont McKenna College or Pomona College. Campus Safety is always surveying the area and there are blue lights all around the 5Cs. If you ever feel unsafe on campus, say at night when walking back from the library, you may use one of the many blue lights to alert Campus Security. They will immediately be notified of your location and will arrive promptly. Theyâ??ll even give you a ride back to your dorm if you want, though people only use this â??serviceâ?? when they are feeling particularly lazy. Also, all the dorms are only accessible via swipe card (your ID card) access and there is always an R.A. on duty in case of an emergency. I personally always feel safe on campus, even when I'm out late at night.
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Zaneh from Clinton, MD

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Am learning a lot
It is definitely challenging here, but they offer you help every step of the way if you fall behind such as free tutors, mentors, and helpful professors.
Am enjoying being here
I love being here, even though I am really far away from home. I have made my own home and family of friends who are here to support me.
Bang for the buck
Financial aid is generously given at Scripps and they are very understanding of every situation and try to accommodate you accordingly.
Tips for prospective students
Don't stress yourself out about getting in, because if you are applying you are smart enough to get in! Make sure you keep up your academic drive once you are here.
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Shane from Orlando, FL

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Am learning a lot
Is there such a thing as learning too much?
Am enjoying being here
How could you not?
Bang for the buck
According to some big hats as well.
Tips for prospective students
Relax. The acceptance rate is low, but if you belong here, you'll end up here.
Great for these types of students
Hard-working
Intellectual
Cross-Disciplined
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Jasmine from Hillsborough, CA

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In three sentences
The campus is beautiful in an approachable sort of way--each building feels like it could be a (very!) grand home. The students are sharp and hard-working, and the administration is very responsive.
Tips for prospective students
The Consortium has a huge impact on your academic and social experience; embrace the larger 5C community. There is nothing else that can compare in the American educational system. Each of the five schools has such a unique identity, and to have them literally across the street from one another means that Claremont College students have access to a huge pool of resources.

That being said, Scripps is very proud of its all-women identity and feminist history. Take the time to explore what being at a women's college, surrounded by four co-ed colleges, is like.
Academic Rigor
I came from a tiny, private, independent high school. There were 60 students in my graduating class, and it was very academically-focused. In comparison with my high school experience, Scripps has been a little bit less difficult. But I am balancing my academic life here with a busy extracurricular schedule (two jobs and club leadership), and so the rigor is definitely enough to keep me on my toes. My favorite part about Scripps's academics is that I still have the same close faculty-student relationships that I had at my small high school.
Dorm Life
In my experience the dorms are quiet, beautiful, and clean. Honestly, there's not much more you could ask for from a college living space. Every dorm has a living room (with a piano and fireplace), kitchen, interior courtyard (perfect for private sunbathing/reading), computer lab, and reading room. The best way I've heard the dorms described is that the old dorms have charm, the new dorms have AC. GJW (the newest) has both, and Kimberly has neither. But people still like Kimberly because the most common set up is a single-bathroom-single, where you share a bathroom with only one other person.

There's a pretty strict alcohol policy, but a very flexible visitor policy (overnights permitted, four consecutive nights maximum). You clean up after yourself--this includes making your own bed, cleaning the sink in your room if you have one, taking out the trash, and vacuuming your room. Dorm staff will clean the common spaces (common bathrooms, living rooms, etc).
Food and Dining
Students can have meals at any of the 5C dining halls. There are seven across the campuses, so lots of choices. The menus are all posted online. There are also smaller grab-and-go types of places--I think one or two on each campus. Scripps's Motley Coffeehouse is an amazing place to study, work, and relax. It has the perfect college-coffeehouse vibe--exposed brick walls, a stage at the front for student performances, plenty of comfy chairs and sofas, and a super-friendly student staff. My favorite drink is a chai tea latte with honey.
What to do for fun
Most parties happen off campus. This is how Scripps dorms stay beautiful, quiet, and clean. Scripps does have a lot of other fun, non-party events on-campus though, and we hear about them from a weekly email that SAS (Scripps Associated Students) sends to every student. A lot of students are involved in a cappella and ballroom dancing, and intramural sports are pretty popular (Scripps has innertube water polo and Quidditch, alongside the more traditional options). Twice a year, there's a massive, 5C game of Humans versus Zombies.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Take a look at the Graffiti Wall and cut roses from the Rose garden at the northern end of campus. There's Sunday night snack, Tuesday night snack, and Wednesday Tea (whoever thinks girls don't eat as much as guys has yet to visit a women's college).
Great for these types of students
Hard-working, passionate about gender equality (equal pay for equal work!), collaborative. Self-motivated. Scripps is especially perfect for someone who likes the idea of a supportive network of women, but isn't necessarily sure about women's colleges and worries she'd be giving up some aspect of a typical college experience. One of the best ways I can describe Scripps is that it gives you the best of both worlds. it's like living in a women's dorm on a co-ed campus.
Clubs and Activities
Such a huge variety! Across the 5C's, there's really something for everyone. People here unicycle, bake challah, surf, snowboard--basically anything you could imagine.
Greek Life
Doesn't exist.
Campus Safety
I stay at the library until it closes at 1am and walk to my dorm on the other end of campus. I've never felt unsafe at the 5Cs, and campus safety officers/blue lights are everywhere.

If I left my backpack and a plate of muffins on the kitchen table in my dorm, I'd be more worried about the muffins.
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Current Student

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In three sentences
I can't imagine being anywhere else. From the great weather, food, and facilities to the enthusiastic and available professors, Scripps understands that healthy, happy students are better students. My time so far has been engaging and filled with opportunities.
Tips for prospective students
Scripps has a holistic admissions process, so show them what you're passionate about!
Academic Rigor
I can't give Scripps 5/5 because (like anywhere), there are some courses which are easier than others. However, there are many, many courses which will push you out of your comfort zone, but if you're interested in the subject, you'll be happy to put in the work.
Dorm Life
Our residence hallsare beautiful and really comfortable places to live. I love that people generally respect the quiet hours (10:00pm on school nights, 1:00 am on weekends) so that you can get some sleep, but there are always activities, study groups, cooking, and other things going on during the day.
Food and Dining
Students at Scripps have access to all 7 dining halls (plus a handful of cafes, coffee shops, and snack places) of the Claremont Consortium, and because the various schools have to pay each other when their students eat elsewhere, there is an economic competition between the schools to have the best food. The students reap the benefits. Steak, sushi, salmon, stir-fry, custom pasta, smoothies... we really eat well here. The dining halls also make an effort to provide vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergy-free options, and to label any potential hazards (nuts, shellfish, etc) in the foods.
What to do for fun
There is so much going on at the 5C's (the 5 Claremont Colleges) that you can't possibly do everything you would like to. From instructional dance nights (from Ballroom to Beyonce) to DJ'd parties in the parking garage, there are social events for every taste. One of the great aspects of being part of the consortium is the expanded social scene (yes, you can meet men), so it doesn't feel too small or too big. It can also be fun to explore the different social scenes at each of the other four colleges.
The Claremont Village is just a short walk away, and a great college town. There are some thrift shops and small stores in town, but with a car, you can get to the three large shopping malls in the area, or you can take the metro into LA.
The Student Activities Office also runs regular (free!) trips to the beach, and heavily discounted trips to Disneyland and shows at the Pantages Theater.
Bang for the buck
Scripps offers merit scholarships, in addition to need-based financial aid, and now all applicants are considered for these scholarships. I am a James E. Scripps scholar, and the New Generation scholarship is an incredibly generous opportunity for first-generation college students.
Great for these types of students
There are a number of various types of people who thrive at Scripps College. The common denominator is usually a passion for something, but what that something is ranges throughout the student body, and even within individual students. Someone can say that they're a pre-med science major with a dance or art minor, and it is more common than you would expect. Scripps is a liberal arts college, so students are exposed to a wide variety of topics throughout their 4 years and can discover new passions this way.
Greek Life
We don't have greek life, and I love it that way.
I think the social scene is much more open and welcoming than it would be otherwise, and you can meet new people through clubs, classes, and friends.
Campus Safety
Our major crime is bike theft, but if you lock your bike or secure it in one of Scripps' swipe-access bike sheds, you should be fine.
Campus Safety is open and active 24/7, and they always pick up promptly if you call. Their main concern is your safety, and you can see them patrolling at all hours in their golf carts or white jeeps.
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