Discover Scripps

The Scripps Fly-In Diversity Program: October 13-14, 2013

Scripps College honors diversity as a key component of the academic, co-curricular, and residential life of the College. As outlined in our Principles of Diversity, “Scripps strives to create an environment in which acknowledging and engaging issues of race, ethnicity, religion, belief, opinion, economic class, age, gender, sexuality, and physical ableness are inextricably part of the experience of the campus community.”

Discover Scripps

Discover Scripps is an opportunity to explore firsthand what makes Scripps unique: tour our beautiful campus, sit in on intensive and intimate classroom discussions, learn about our academic and extracurricular programs, and discover all of the resources available for underrepresented students. All Discover Scripps attendees will spend the night on campus on Sunday, October 13 and participate in activities on Monday, October 14. All accommodations and meals are provided.

Transportation Assistance

Travel grants are available on a case-by-case basis for students who live more than 150 miles from campus and who need financial assistance to get to campus. If chosen, students will be flown to Scripps mid-day on Sunday, October 13  and flown home early morning on Tuesday, October 15. All travel expenses will be provided by Scripps College.


Students interested in attending Discover Scripps must submit their online program application by September 6, 2013. All Discover Scripps applicants must submit an unofficial high school transcript and some form of standardized testing (PSAT, SAT Reasoning, ACT, SAT Subject Tests). If you cannot access your transcript by the application deadline, you may also take screen shots (including your school’s and/or the testing agency’s official website/logo) that you can submit by mail, fax, or email. For more information, please see the online program application.

Schedule of Events

Please note: The following schedule is tentative. 

Sunday, October 13

Time Event
3:30 pm Registration, Ice Breakers and Welcome
5:00 pm Scripps Campus Tour
6:00 pm Dinner with Student Hosts
7:00 pm Dessert Reception with Scripps Alumnae
8:00 pm Hangout and Relaxation Time

Monday, October 14

Time Event
8:30 am Breakfast
9:15 am Program Overview
9:45 am Introduction to the Core Curriculum
11:00 am Attend Two Academic Information Sessions
12:00 p.m. Lunch with Student Hosts
1:15 pm Attend a Class
2:45 pm Admission and Financial Aid Information Session
4:00 pm Student Panel
5:15 pm Dinner and Closing Remarks

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is invited to Discover Scripps?

We invite first-generation students and students from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds to apply for the program. All applicants must be rising high school seniors.

Why should I attend Discover Scripps?

Discover Scripps will give you the chance to immerse yourself in our campus and see what life is like on a typical school day. Second, you will learn about what Scripps has to offer first-generation students and/or students of color, including information about our multicultural centers, explanations of our financial aid and admission policies, and conversations with the faculty, students, alums, and staff who will make up your future Scripps family.

I’m hesitant to consider applying to a women’s college. Why should I visit Scripps?

This question is an appropriate one to ask. In the 21st century, why do we still need women’s colleges? Imagine an experience where women are not afraid to speak up and to speak out, where faculty members believe that women are intelligent, ambitious, and remarkable, and where your fellow students are encouraging, noncompetitive, and inspiring. This is the environment Scripps has to offer. The statistics on the success of graduates of women’s colleges are striking: women who attend a women’s college are twice as likely to go to medical school, twice as likely to earn a Ph.D., and they report higher levels of academic challenge and engagement than women at coeducational institutions. For more statistics, visit the Women’s College Coalition webpage. Something extraordinary happens when a woman attends a college founded on the simple belief that women can and will do anything they put their minds to. Visit and see for yourself.

I do not have the funds to travel to Scripps. What are my options?

If you live more than 150 miles from campus and have financial circumstances that prohibit travel to Scripps, you can apply for a travel grant. If chosen, you will be flown to Scripps midday on Sunday, October 13, and flown home early morning on Tuesday, September 25. All travel expenses will be covered by Scripps College. Travel grants are provided on a case-by-case basis for students with limited funds. Students may indicate their interest in being considered for a travel grant on their online program application. Applications are due by Friday, September 6.

I don’t know a lot about Scripps yet. May I still attend Discover Scripps?

Absolutely. Whether this is your first time to Scripps or your fifteenth, Discover Scripps has something new and interesting for every student.

Do I have to be a senior in high school?

Yes, Discover Scripps is a program for high school seniors graduating in 2014. If you are a younger student interested in future programs and events, please visit the Office of Admission webpage to join our mailing list and learn more about visiting our campus during the year.

Can my parents attend the program?

Discover Scripps is a program designed for high school seniors. While parents cannot attend the overnight or day portions, parents are invited to the closing dinner on Monday, October 14 from 5:15 – 7:00 pm.

My parent(s) do not speak English? Can they still attend the dinner?

Yes. Please contact Ashley Pallie at (909) 621-8282 if you would like to have your parents sit with a staff or faculty member who can speak their language.

My parent(s) cannot attend the dinner. Is that okay?

Yes, that is fine. There will be students, faculty, and staff there for prospective students to eat and speak with as well.

Can my mentor come instead of my parent(s)?

Absolutely. If there is someone very important in your life whom you would like to share this experience with because your parents cannot attend, please do invite them. Just remember the cap for invitees is 3 guests.

I’m nervous about missing school on Monday. What should I do?

Most schools allow high school seniors to miss school for college visits. If you need a written letter acknowledging your attendance at Discover Scripps, or if you need someone to speak with your teacher or counselor, please contact Ashley Pallie at (909) 621-8282.

How much does this program cost?

Discover Scripps is a free program. Accommodations and meals while you are on campus will be provided by Scripps College. For students who are awarded a travel grant, travel expenses will also be covered. In addition, Scripps will give all applicants a Scripps College application fee waiver for Fall 2014.

There is no way my family can afford to send me to a private college.  Should I still look at Scripps?

Yes. $58,000 is a lot of money, but do not let the sticker price of Scripps College scare you! 60% of students at Scripps receive some form of financial assistance, and we are proud to meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated need. We take a family’s financial situation into account when determining the amount of money a student will need to pay to attend Scripps. If you have specific questions about your situation, please contact the financial aid office at (909) 621-8275. For general information, visit the financial aid website.

May I speak with a financial aid officer while on campus?

All students will attend a financial aid/admission session with a member of our Financial Aid staff. There, many questions will be answered about financial aid in general. While students will have the opportunity to speak with financial aid officers throughout the afternoon, there will not be any individual appointments given during the Discover Scripps program. If you would like to speak with a financial aid officer about your specific financial situation, call (909) 621-8275. You may also visit the financial aid webpage, which has a lot of useful information for students.

Will I have to apply to Scripps via Early Decision?

No, you do not have to, although some students may choose to apply Early Decision to Scripps after this event. While we give attendees fee waivers for the Fall 2014 Scripps College application, students are not required to apply (although we do hope you do so).

What will the weather be like during Discover Scripps?

The weather in Southern California during October is usually mid 70s. You will want a light jacket for the evening events, and the dinner will likely be held outdoors.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Contact the Office of Admission at or (909) 621-8149.