Homeschool Applicants

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Scripps College welcomes applications from homeschooled students. We are committed to a holistic and thorough review of each application. When evaluating applications, admission officers carefully consider the following factors: academic program and performance, standardized test scores, personal essay, recommendations, and co-curricular activities. If possible, an interview can be helpful to understand your reasons for homeschooling and your homeschool philosophy/structure.

Application Checklist

  • Common Application
  • $60 application fee
  • School Report and counselor recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations, preferably from junior or senior year classes
  • Official transcript(s) from all secondary schools attended

Standardized Testing Policy

  • Submitting SAT or ACT exam scores is completely optional.
  • Students will not have to justify why they are not submitting SAT or ACT exam scores.
  • Students will not be disadvantaged in the review process if they do not submit SAT or ACT exam scores.
  • If a student chooses to submit SAT or ACT, Scripps will superscore the respective exam across test dates.
  • Students should not jeopardize their health or the health of their families to take the SAT or ACT exam.
  • International students educated outside of the U.S. are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Scripps will accept the TOEFL IPT Plus for China exam and the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition exam until in-person testing resumes. An international student may request a waiver if their primary language is English or the language of instruction of their high school is English by emailing [email protected] after submitting an application.
  • The deadline for changing a decision about submitting standardized test scores is December 4 for Early Decision I students and January 18 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision students. Students may update their decision about submitting standardized test scores by emailing [email protected].

Admission Interviews

An optional part of the admission process, an interview can give you the opportunity to discuss your interests and goals and to learn more about Scripps. Please schedule an interview below:


Scholarships and Need-Based Financial Aid

All first-year applicants are considered for scholarships ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 annually, and the highest award is the James E. Scripps Scholarship. All scholarships are renewable for four years and applicants are notified whether they have been awarded a scholarship at the time of admission. No additional forms or early application is required. Please contact the Admission Office for questions about scholarships, and visit our Office of Financial Aid for information about need-based financial aid, including deadlines and required forms.

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