I very much look forward to your arrival on campus this fall. You are joining a residential academic community that encourages supportive, open, disciplined, and spirited inquiry and analysis in an atmosphere of mutual respect and ethical conduct. Scripps is indeed rare. No other college in the country can provide you with the advantages of a small, residential women’s college of fewer than 1,000 students and offer the resources of The Claremont Colleges, the oldest—as well as most closely-knit—consortium in the United States. We are also part of a vibrant and culturally diverse metropolitan area.
Scripps College offers an academic program that is challenging and empowering. The centerpiece of this program is the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities. The Core is a sequence of three courses designed to teach you how to think critically, how to challenge unexamined assumptions, and how to innovate. You will find a letter from the Core Director in this mailing. In addition to Core, you will enroll in Writing 50: Critical Analysis, our required first-year writing course. This course provides a transition from the writing you’ve done in high school to what will be expected in college.
All First Year students will register for fall courses on Sunday, August 30th. Your academic adviser will help you select courses after you arrive on campus this fall. You may review fall course offerings on the public access 5-College Course Schedule at http://inside.scrippscollege.edu/. Go to “Portal” and select “Course Search.” Also available on the Registrar’s site is the Scripps College Course Catalog; the 2015-2016 Course Catalog will be published online in August. The Fall Registration Handbook will be provided to you upon your arrival at Scripps. The handbook also will be available on the Registrar’s site in mid to late August.
The Writing Program faculty and the faculty at large are interested in learning more about your writing before you arrive in a section of Writing 50: Critical Analysis. We would like you to evaluate your own writing and communicate that evaluation to us in the form of an essay. You are in the best position to tell us what kind of writer you are and indicate what you would like to learn in your writing course at Scripps. Please complete this writing self-assessment by going to the link below between Monday, July 6 and Monday, August 10th https://inside.scrippscollege.edu/orientation/writing-self-assessment
I very much look forward to meeting you at Orientation on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Have a wonderful summer, and see you soon!
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty