Admission Policy Recommendation

Posted: November 13, 2014

Dear Scripps community,

As many of you are aware, Scripps College has actively engaged in a conversation about our admission policy this year. This discussion has reinforced a shared commitment to our identity, tradition, and legacy as a women’s college while emphasizing the need to join peer institutions in revising our admission policy to specifically address evolving notions of gender.

Board members have indicated that the insights and perspectives provided to them in October have accelerated their readiness to discuss amendments to the College admission policy. Informed by extensive feedback from the Scripps community, the senior team has developed the following recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration at its December meeting.

Effective for the class enrolling in Fall 2016, Scripps College will:

  • consider applicants assigned female at birth and/or who self-identify as a woman at the time of application;
  • continue the practice of not requiring government issued documentation for gender identity purposes; and
  • continue to award a Scripps degree to any student who completes completing the baccalaureate requirements, regardless of gender identity or expression.

We believe this solution serves the best interests of Scripps College because it:

  • provides maximum flexibility for admission officers to select the most highly qualified applicants while ensuring the College’s ability to respond to evolving social and cultural conditions;
  • preserves Scripps’ identity as a women’s college and protects the value of its legacy as a “community of women” for current and prospective students, graduates, and partners;
  • upholds Scripps’ culture and tradition of social justice, equity, and inclusion; and
  • ensures broad-based support among Scripps’ diverse stakeholder groups.

Community input is critical to the College’s decision-making process, and I invite you to share any comments, questions, or feedback regarding the above recommendations by completing the form at Comments will be summarized and provided to the Board at its December meeting.

As always, I am grateful for your thoughtful participation in the conversation about our future and for your commitment to Scripps College.


Lori Bettison-Varga


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