New Student Orientation

Letter from the Dean of Faculty

Amy-Marcus-Newhall2-300x300June 27, 2016

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 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, challenge unexamined assumptions, and 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 28. 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 2016-2017 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 11 and Monday, August 15:

I very much look forward to meeting you at Orientation on Thursday, August 25, 2016. Have a wonderful summer, and see you soon!



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