New Student Orientation

Letter from the Vice President

Dear members of the Class of 2021,

Please allow me to add my welcome to those you have already received from Associate Dean Haynes, as well as Peer Mentor Coordinators, Frankie Stark and Sabrina Chung, both amazing members of the Class of 2020.

I and the entire Student Affairs team are preparing for your arrival and look forward to meeting you in August.

Now that you have your official Scripps email account, please check it periodically during the summer for messages from the College. In addition, you will soon be paired with your Primary Contact Dean, who will serve as a key advisor throughout your four years at Scripps. The deans will introduce themselves via email later in the summer.

You will also be receiving information regarding Scripps 360, an initiative designed for new students. We want you to have a smooth and successful transition to college, and the programs available through Scripps 360 will provide support and many tools to help you rock your first year at Scripps.

You should look forward to hearing from my assistant, Karlos Santos-Coy, for an invitation to my home, where I look forward to connecting with you outside of the hustle and bustle of New Student Orientation.

Enjoy your summer and let me know how I can be helpful as you prepare to join us on the beautiful Scripps campus!




Charlotte Johnson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

June 30, 2017

Dear Incoming Scripps Student:

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 with approximately 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, challenge unexamined assumptions, and innovate. You will receive a letter from the Core Director. 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 27. Your academic adviser will help you select courses after you arrive on campus this fall. Your academic adviser will be assigned later in the summer. When you arrive on campus, you will be assigned a meeting time for your first advising appointment. You may review fall course offerings on the public-access, 5-College Course Schedule at Go to “Portal” and select “Course Search.” Also available on the Registrar’s site is the Scripps College Course Catalog; the 2017-2018 Scripps College Catalog will be published online in early August. Until then, spend some time familiarizing yourself with the current Catalog at Students are expected to follow the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time they enroll. The Fall Registration Handbook will be provided to you upon your arrival at Scripps. The Handbook also will be available on the Registrar’s page in 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 can best 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 10 and Monday, August 14:

Those of you who wish to enroll in a course in Chinese, Japanese, or Russian, and who have had any previous experience whatsoever in one of these languages which you plan to study, must take an online placement examination, which will be available on Sakai from July6-August 23. I have included information about how to take the exams below, and note that you take the required first part of the exam online through Sakai (; the deadline for Chinese, Japanese, and Russian placement exams is August 23rd. Placement exams for other subjects, including romance and classical languages, and math, will take place during orientation in August.

Accessing the Online Placement Exams on Sakai
1. Point your browser at
2. Click on “Login” in the upper right corner.
3. Choose your College from the pull down menu under “Please Select Your College.”
4. Log in with your College Login ID, which you received June 1 from the Scripps IT department. (Example username = GScripps5846 password = nNYr#682)
5. As an incoming student you will see multiple placement exam tabs along the top in Sakai.

If you encounter difficulties logging into Sakai, you can contact the Scripps College ITS Help Desk: or 909-607-3406.

Pomona College Foreign Language Resource Center information for non-Pomona students across the 5Cs re: the Pomona-provided Language Placement Tests

I very much look forward to meeting you at Orientation on Thursday, August 24, 2017.
Have a wonderful summer, and see you soon!




Amy Marcus-Newhall
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty AMN:cd