What’s in a Word?

Posted: February 20, 2013

Scripps College maintains a list of acronyms and abbreviations a mile long. To help kick off the spring semester, we’ve compiled them below in case you didn’t know what some of them meant!


  • 3CIV: 3 College Intervarsity
  • 5Cs: The Claremont Colleges: CMC, HMC, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps
  • 7Cs: CGU, CMC, HMC, KGI, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps
  • A-Team: Activities Team
  • A&IR: Assessment & Institutional Research
  • AAMP: Asian American Mentor Program
  • AASP: Asian American Sponsor Program
  • AASU: Asian American Student Union
  • Ad-Board: Claremont College Asian American Advisory Board
  • AV: Audio/Visual Department
  • Balch Hall: Janet Jacks Balch Hall
  • Browning: Ellen Browning Residence Hall
  • CAPAS: Center for Asian Pacific American Students
  • CCBDC: Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company
  • CCL: Cafe Con Leche
  • CGU: Claremont Graduate University
  • CHM: Clark Humanities Museum
  • Clark: Grace Scripps Clark Residence Hall
  • CLORGs: Clubs and organizations
  • CLSA: Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center
  • CMC: Claremont McKenna College
  • CMS: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletics
  • College, the: when referring to Scripps College; do not capitalize “the”
  • CP&R: Career Planning & Resources
  • CUC: Claremont University Consortium
  • Denison Library: Ella Strong Denison Library
  • DOF: Dean of Faculty
  • Dorsey: Susan Miller Dorsey Residence Hall
  • DOS: Dean of Students
  • EBSS: Ellen Browning Scripps Society
  • FEC: Faculty Executive Committee
  • Field House: Sallie Tiernan Field House
  • Frankel: Cecil and Bessie Frankel Residence Hall
  • GJW: Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Residence Hall
  • GOLD: Graduates of the Last Decade
  • GWS: Gender and Women’s Studies
  • HEO: Health Education Outreach
  • HMC: Harvey Mudd College
  • HR: Human Resources
  • Humanities Building: Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building
  • EUCC: European Union Center of California
  • I-Place: International Place of the Claremont Colleges


  • IA: Institutional Advancement
  • ILLIAD: Interlibrary Loan
  • IT: Information Technology
  • IT-FITS: IT-Faculty Instructional Technology Support
  • IWS: Intercollegiate Women’s Studies
  • Keck Science Department: W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Scripps College
  • KGI: Keck Graduate Institute
  • Kimberly: Mary Kimberly Residence Hall
  • KSPC: KSPC 88.7FM
  • Lang: Lang Art Building
  • Lincoln Building: Joan and David Lincoln Ceramic Art Building
  • LLAiR: Lois Langland Alumna-in-Residence program
  • Malott Commons: Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons
  • Motley, The: The Motley Coffeehouse – capitalize “The”
  • NSP: New Student Program
  • OBSA: Office of Black Student Affairs
  • OCS: Off-Campus Study
  • OWL: Outdoor Women Leadership
  • PAC: Scripps College Performing Arts Center
  • PACDI: President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Post-Bac: Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program
  • PP: Pomona-Pitzer
  • Press, the: The Scripps College Press
  • QQAMP: Queer, Questioning, and Allied Mentor Program
  • QRC: Queer Resource Center
  • Revelle House: Ellen Clark Revelle House
  • Routt: Mary Routt Residence Hall
  • SADIOS: Spend a Day in Our Shoes
  • SAF: Scripps Association of Families
  • SAO: Student Account Office
  • SARLO: Student Activities and Residential Life Office
  • SAS: Scripps Associated Students
  • SCA: Scripps College Academy
  • SCORE: Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment
  • SIF: Student Investment Fund
  • SOAR: Scripps Orientation Activity Retreat
  • SQS: Scripps Quest Scholars
  • TFH: Tiernan Field House
  • Steele Hall: Harry and Grace Steele Hall
  • Toll: Eleanor Joy Toll Residence Hall
  • WW: Wanawake Weusi
  • Wilbur: Marguerite and Van Rensselaer Wilbur Residence Hall
  • Williamson Gallery: Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery


Add one of your own!

Did we forget an acronym or abbreviation? Send us the details on the one(s) we missed and we’ll add it to the list!

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