Scripps College: Narrative Description

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1030 Columbia Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711-3948
Tel: (909)621-8000
Free: 800-770-1333
Admissions: (909)621-8149
Fax: (909)621-8323
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, women only. Part of The Claremont Colleges Consortium. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 30-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $178.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $407,300. Educational spending 2003-04: $22,707 per student. Total enrollment: 839. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,721 applied, 49% were admitted. 67% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 17 National Merit Scholars, 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 817 students. Part-time: 5 students. Students come from 45 states and territories, 56% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 3% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 92% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; visual/performing arts; area/ethnic studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at 5 members of The Claremont Colleges, Colby College, Haverford College, Spelman College, California Institute of Technology, American University (Washington Semester), Drew University, George Washington University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, graded writing sample, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $38,000 includes full-time tuition ($28,860), mandatory fees ($140), and college room and board ($9000). College room only: $4800. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $3,608 per course. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all. Most popular organizations: College Council, Asian/Black/Latina clubs, National Organization for Women, Sexual Assault Task Force. Major annual events: Spring Formal, holiday dinners, 5-College Carnival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 738 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: women-only housing available. Honnold Library plus 4 others with 998,823 books, 1.4 million microform titles, 5,733 serials, 4,361 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 72 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Claremont consortium consists of five undergraduate institutions and the Claremont Graduate University — all located in an area approximately one square mile in size.