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Scripps College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Scripps College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 5 and the fee for the application is $60.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Scripps College by April 1.

Scripps College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Scripps College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 78.6%
Mean SAT Score 1390
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 61.4%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 44.5%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Scripps College?

Scripps College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/5.

The early decision acceptance rate at Scripps College is 5%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 35%. Last year, Scripps College admitted 128 of the 254 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

In 2021, Scripps College waitlisted 570 students. Of those, 265 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to Scripps College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Scripps College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Scripps College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Scripps College must submit the following items. Double check with Scripps College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements school report completed by secondary school counselor
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Scripps College?

Students admitted to Scripps College have an average unweighted GPA of 4.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 12.7% submitted a class rank. At Scripps College 78.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 92.9% were in the top 25% and 96.4% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Scripps College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 12.7%
3.75 and 3.99 15.1%
3.50 and 3.74 11.9%
3.25 and 3.49 4.1%
3.00 and 3.24 0.9%
2.50 and 2.9 0.5%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Scripps College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Scripps College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 61.4% of Scripps College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 44.5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Scripps College?

To be competitive with other Scripps College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1320 and 1470 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Scripps College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1470 and 25% of scored lower than 1320, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Scripps College student is 1390.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Scripps College students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Scripps College students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Scripps College?

To be most competitive at Scripps College, you should strive to earn between 29 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Scripps College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Scripps College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Scripps College

Transfer students can enroll in Scripps College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Scripps College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Scripps College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Scripps College.

Does Scripps College accept transfer credits?

Scripps College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Scripps College accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does Scripps College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Scripps College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Scripps College?

No, Scripps College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Scripps College's acceptance rate?

Scripps College's acceptance rate is 35%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Scripps College?

Scripps College's early decision acceptance rate was 5% in 2021.

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Scripps College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Scripps College is Jan 5.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Scripps College ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


29 to 33


29 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Scripps College is 31. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Scripps College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Scripps College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1470


Math SAT Range

650 - 750


Reading SAT Range

670 - 730

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1470 and Above


1320 to 1470


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Scripps College students is 1390. Applicants with SAT scores of 1470 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Scripps College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1320 to 1470 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1320 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Scripps College.

Scripps College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Scripps College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.15. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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