Impressions Of
Scripps College

Academic Experience

Female Economics and French Dual Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel either of your majors’ departments do especially well or poorly?
I think Economics isn’t as business-focused as it could be, but they have a broad curriculum and choice of classes, which is really cool. As far as French goes, I think they do a good job expanding the curriculum materials for Francophone countries, so it’s not just readings or literature for France itself. We talk about North Africa and other colonized areas.

How accessible have the professors in your department been?
Everyone here is extremely accessible because of how small my classes are. If I want to talk to a professor or see them for office hours, I could meet with them during the week, or I could set up an appointment by email and they’ll respond pretty quickly. They know my name and will say hello if I see them around. [About 63% of classes have between 10-19 students.]

What is your favorite class you’ve taken for your majors?
Behavioral Economics is my favorite because I’ve found it really interesting and it applies to a lot of different areas. I finally see a synthesis between things I’m interested in, the financial markets and the way people make decisions. For French, I’ve pretty much enjoyed all my classes, even the introductory ones.

Female Environmental Analysis Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
The department here is really good about focusing on social issues and how it impacts different communities. Highlighting marginalized communities isn’t always well addressed in environmental curriculums because it’s a White middle-class movement, but they are really good at re-centering it and making it more accessible to people.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly collaborative or competitive?
I think it’s really collaborative, especially coming from a really competitive high school where everyone was trying to get ahead. People here want to learn in a way that everyone is learning. It’s very participatory, and everyone’s interested in what everyone else has to say. It’s more about our greater goals than our individual goals.

Psychology and Linguistics Dual Major C/O 2021

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your majors?
For Psychology, I have lab assignments that are reflective of what we learned. That can be a lot because it’s that along with project assignments and designing experiments. The rest of my workload tends to be more reading and analyzing research for both Linguistics and Psychology. So, looking at existing research and literature on different topics and being able to read and understand academic writing. For Linguistics I think there is a bigger creative aspect to it. The midterm for a class this year was partially writing and partially a creative project. [I like the combination of majors because] I feel like I’m using multiple parts of my brain.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly collaborative or competitive?
For Psychology, all of the classes tend to be very small and the professors have been really helpful with whatever questions you have. The seating arrangements in classes also tend to be more collaborative and engaging. I take a lot of classes at Pomona for Linguistics. Even though I really enjoy the content of the class, the layouts are cold and lecture style with rows of people and the professor standing at the front. I find that in those classes I only get to know the people I sit directly next to and people aren’t really likely to switch seats throughout the semester, so it’s a lot less interactive than classes I take at other colleges.

Social Opportunities

Female Economics and French Dual Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in?
There’s a fair number of parties here at night and on the weekends. Sometimes there are school-hosted events which are really cool. People will also just have them in the dorms because the school is fairly lenient about that. During the day on the weekends, I’d say a lot of people just do homework, go to the pool, or do things in L.A. with friends. [See Scripps College’s student newspaper article for a comment on their alcohol policies.]

Can you describe a typical night going out freshman year when you were less socially established?
I would party with my friends then go to the Claremont McKenna College North Quad and walk around into open doors and make friends. We’d then go to wherever the party location is, and then if it’s a Saturday night there’s usually a later party at the senior apartments where we’d end up, or we’d go to a food place called the Hub to eat curly fries and go to bed.

How happy are you with the nightlife options at Scripps? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I think it’s good, but I’d say it’s on the decline since freshman year. Not to say it’s less fun, but people used to show up more for the Five C events, and there were more scheduled events. I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily bad because I always have a really good time.

Female Economics Major C/O 2019

What are your favorite events that happen?
My favorite event is called the Pirate Party. It’s a party at the end of the spring semester during the day. They get food trucks, bouncy houses, live DJs, and water toys. They serve beer for people who are 21, and everything is free. I also like Halloween weekend. I think there’s a school-sponsored party at Pitzer, and it’s outdoors and super fun because everyone is dressed up.

What nights of the week do you regularly do things?
The school-sponsored events are usually on Friday or Saturday nights. People do go out on Thursday a lot, but those will be dorm parties. It’s very inclusive. All the school-sponsored parties check your ID if it’s at an enclosed area, but when it’s an open event anyone can go. The school also lets you register guests, so anyone can go in if they’re registered. The only time it gets exclusive is if there’s alcohol, and in that case, you have to get a 21+ wristband before the event starts.

How happy are you with the nightlife options at Scripps? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I’ve been pretty happy with it. I don’t particularly like going out a lot, so I think it’s a perfect balance for me. I think if someone really values going out, they could achieve that here, just maybe not at night clubs. Since L.A. is here, I do know a lot of people that are willing to make the trip out there for the nightclubs. The one thing I’d change is they should switch up their parties a little bit. This year there’s actually been a lot of variation and different types of music. A lot of clubs put on parties, like the Latino Student Affairs where they play music from Latin America. I think there’s something for everyone here.

Female Environmental Analysis Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in?
That’s one of the bigger benefits of the consortium. There’s always something going on, so on the weekends I’ll often start the night getting drinks with my suitemates, going to a comedy show, or going to a sporting event. We’ll then have a couple of options for parties lined up across the consortium that we can pop around at. There’s a lot of campus-sponsored events, along with different group events within the colleges.

What are your favorite events that happen?
Some of my favorite times have been with my suitemates doing our Thursday night tradition of inviting a few friends to get drinks, then hanging out at our house after. It’s always so nice because everyone in my suite is in a different friend group, so everyone invites people over to hang out, and we all end up getting along. It’s a nice calm and happy time. Also, when I walk around, I find myself appreciating where I am, thinking this place is so beautiful.

Campus Culture

Female Economics and French Dual Major C/O 2020

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I’d say it’s pretty mixed as far as sexual orientations go. As far as diversity goes, the schools aren’t nearly as diverse as they could be. The people here mix socially, but to a lesser degree because there are not as many people from different races at our school. [43% of the undergraduate population are students of color, and 5% are international.]

How would you describe the student body?
Everyone is very curious and fairly driven, but definitely from a privileged background. Most people are extremely liberal and open to talking about a variety of interests, and have set goals for after college. [64% of families come from the socioeconomic top 20 percent.]

How has the size of your school influenced your social experience? [The total undergraduate population is 1,066 students.]
It’s pretty cool because you get to see familiar faces all the time and know the majority of people you go to school with. Also, I’m a junior and have run into people this semester that I’ve never met before, so I wouldn’t say it’s too small.

Female Economics Major C/O 2019

What is the social impact of Scripps being all female?
All of my classes and events are coed, except for my Scripps only classes freshman year. I’ve made guy friends, but I think it has been a little harder. Since the other schools have the coed freshman orientation trips, they make a lot more male friends than people here do. At the same time, I feel like the people who are very social and extroverted have made male friends pretty easily.

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
A lot of times people do. There are lots of clubs here that impact friend groups, such as the LGBTQ+ Alliance Club, or the Latino Alliance Club. I do notice people who identify a certain way become close which each other, but I think that’s because they share similar experiences. It’s not exclusive in any way and people do mix around, but people have their smaller support groups. [43% of the undergraduate population are students of color, and 5% are international.]

Do people generally seem happy with Scripps by senior year? Do people leave loving your school?
I think people like it a lot here. The people I know are very much so obsessed with Scripps, and the whole experience of being in Claremont.

Female Environmental Analysis Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene?
It’s pretty fluid. You can pretty easily meet people and make lunch plans or go out with them. I was surprised with how willing people were to accept others into their social circles, and because of that, there’s a lot of friend group overlap.

Do you feel like you are more of a student of Scripps or a student of the Five College Consortium?
It depends. A lot of the time I do feel like Scripps is pretty separate because it’s kind of far North, so Pomona is far away, and I’m not going to walk there all the time. I feel like most of my friends are at Scripps, but there are plenty of ways to meet people across the consortium. For me when I’m practicing for my sport, I don’t know what school people are from because it stops mattering. You can take classes at all the different schools, so there is ample opportunity to meet and hang out with people from the other schools. People have a lot of allegiance to their particular school and like it where they are.

What is the social impact of Scripps being all female?
I feel like because of that, there is this underlying solidarity, and people from Scripps generally feel that they can get along with each other because we all have that one uniting principle. This definitely contributes to the social fluidity and people being really willing to hang out with each. It’s an open and accepting community.

Claremont, CA

Pros of

  • “You’re close to L.A., so if you do have a car or don’t mind taking public transportation, it’s nice to be able to go somewhere else if you need to. I’ve found that I haven’t taken advantage of that as much as I’ve wanted to, just because of all the work.”
  • “We have the other colleges, so it’s super nice to take classes there or meet people who are very different than you. Each college has a different group of people that attend.”
  • “We’re not directly in the city, and we’re right by the mountains. People love having picnics or going on the trails at Mt. Baldy, which is about 15 minutes away. We’re far enough from the city that it’s not super smoggy or loud all the time, and the views are beautiful.”
  • “It’s nice and quiet and peaceful.”

Cons of

  • “On the weekends if you’re not going to parties or don’t have a lot of homework to do it’s a bit dull as far as activities you can do during the day. Mt. Baldy is pretty close, so there’s hiking, but as far as it being exciting there aren’t many things happening here.”
  • “I don’t have a car. There’s transportation here that’s easy and cheap to use, but it’s pretty time-consuming. We have the Metrolink train, but you have to walk to the train station, and it takes a while. The surrounding areas don’t feel like a major city that much, so you can feel removed.”
  • “There is no college bar or club scene. It’s mostly what you have at the school, which becomes repetitive.”
  • “It’s close enough to the city to go if you feel like it, but it’s pretty far and can be a hassle to get there, especially to the airport. There’s the Ontario Airport out here, but it doesn’t have a lot of direct flights to other places, so being far from LAX is expensive.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Economics Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Scripps before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew about the freshman year roommate situation. This wouldn’t change my decision on coming to Scripps, but I wish I had known that it wasn’t a freshman hall, and that I would have to try harder to meet new people. Other than that, I feel like I was pretty prepared for the college experience.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
I didn’t get to see the other colleges. If I walked around I could’ve looked, but I think doing an overnight visit and seeing how the schools interact would be useful. On my visit, I toured the school but didn’t see people interact that much. It would be cool to let people know it’s not really secluded, and you’re not only going to be friends with the women at Scripps.

Female Environmental Analysis Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Scripps before you transferred in?
Something I wish I knew is that there is definitely a big culture of appearance and how you look, which I hadn’t experienced to this extent. It’s not something that would change whether or not I want to come here, but it was shocking to me how much some people care about how they’re presenting themselves to others, how much time they’re spending at the gym, on their makeup, or buying expensive clothes.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
There’s a place called the Margaret Fowler Garden, which is a beautiful garden with a little fountain, orange trees, and mosaic pictures lining it. It’s such a peaceful and quiet place. Scripps is so beautiful, but this is a nice solitary place, and I feel like you can get a good feel for the energy in there.

Psychology and Linguistics Dual Major C/O 2021

What is something you wish you knew about Scripps before entering as a freshman?
You can say this about any school, I think it’s important to know that if you are unhappy with how something is working you have to really fight for it to change and any interaction with the administration is very, very tedious.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
Scripps has a lot of courtyards and gardens that are really enchanting. It’s nice to know that we have these spaces that are secluded but still outside. It’s a really nice place to go when you need time for1 yourself.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Scripps College

To Attend

  • “If you want a true liberal arts education that’s full of humanities, writing, and forces you to think outside of what you might not be comfortable with.”
  • “You meet people who are really passionate about what they’re learning about. They’re not people who are getting a college education because that’s the next thing to do, it’s people who really care about what they’re learning.”
  • “There are so many perks in the consortium, such as the resources, classes, and social opportunities. It’s cool having your smaller school and the resources that are dedicated to you, along with your smaller social circles, but it’s also nice having the wider availability of the consortium.”
  • “The small class sizes are very helpful because the professors are way more accessible.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you don’t want a small school that feels like a bubble.”
  • “Sometimes it’s weird how wealthy some people are. There are multiple Teslas registered with parking permits, so depending on how you feel about that, it can be a lot sometimes.”
  • “If you like being in a bustling city environment.”
  • “If you’re looking for a specific dorm culture, that’s not something we have here.”
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