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The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.

Message from the President

Message from the President

Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling with Scripps students, faculty, and alumnae to cities across the nation as part of the Unleashing Potential academic showcase.

Focus on the Faculty

Ulysses J. Sofia: Weinberg Family Dean of Science of the W.M. Keck Science Department

Dr. Ulysses J. Sofia, or U. J., as he prefers to be called, is a scientist and an adventurer. During the week, his work as an astrophysicist has him probing the secrets of the universe through the study of interstellar dust.

by Karen Bergh

Browsing Room

Campaign Progress: Endowed Scholarships

From the moment a prospective student and their family visit our website, we make a promise: Scripps will provide the best liberal arts education imaginable. Hiring accomplished faculty, developing rigorous interdisciplinary coursework,


To ensure a healthy, vibrant future, Scripps has initiated a strategic planning process rooted in its mission, values, and legacy. The College has developed

Special Remembrances

Life trustee and dear friend of the College Phil Swan passed away on December 7, 2017. Phil’s tenure as a trustee began in 1970 and included membership on all standing committees of the Board. Over his many years of service, he made valuable contributions to Scripps’ financial health and stability as well as to the […]


Crossing Over

Sue Castagnetto remembers how she somewhat accidentally began crossing over, working with women in prisons in the early 2000s. She was continuing a legacy of prison work among Scripps students and faculty that began more than four decades ago. Castagnetto, director of The Claremont Colleges’ Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research, and Engagement (IFC), earned her […]

by Marie Condron

Empower Players

Bea Maldonado ’15 first stepped onto the Scripps College campus—on any college campus for that matter—in ninth grade. From South Central Los Angeles, she came as a Scripps College Academy (SCA) Scholar, selected from a pool of ambitious applicants who hungered for a college education but had some challenges to surmount to get there. Arriving […]

Running Through

Laurel Schwartz recently directed and produced Running Breathless, a short documentary film that chronicles her struggle with Crohn’s disease, as a way to inspire and help others who also suffer from the “silent” illness. She debuted the documentary about her life at the Twin Cities Film Festival in Minnesota in October 2017. Running Breathless features her sojourn as a competitive runner living with the chronic illness. “I have run three half marathons, two 10-mile races, and a handful of 10Ks all in the last year,” Schwartz, now 24, says.

by Karen Bergh

Siblings in Science

Taia Wu ’15 and Julie Korsmeyer ’19 are siblings with a lot in common: Scripps College, a chemistry major, experience at NASA’s Ames Research Center, living in the San Francisco Bay Area, a half-Chinese ethnicity. Yet the two women share no familial relationship and have never met in person. The explanation for their relationship lies in another of their connections, […]

by Amy DerBedrosian

The Love Song of T. S. Eliot and Emily Hale

In a series of private letters written in early 1933, he called it “a horrible place,” “a nightmare,” and one of America’s “two great mistakes” (the other being New York). Eliot’s correspondents were, not surprisingly, British—and the missives may be partly indicative of the poet’s longing for England, after nearly a year abroad, rather than […]

by Joseph Maddrey

Alumnae News

Alumnae News

From the Alumnae Association President Kendra Armer ’93 When was the last time you submitted a class note? Wait—have you ever submitted one? Maybe you think you need to have an item that seems newsworthy enough, or maybe you’re not sure how to submit. Or maybe, like me, you always turn to that section of […]


Belinda Busteed Burum ’74 Finding Love After 40: Real Stories About Real Love in the Prime of Life (and a Little Beyond) Conducting numerous interviews, reading scores of books and blogs, and speaking to all manner of experts, Burum sets out to prove that true love is possible at any age and that we don’t have to settle for less than […]

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