For the women of Scripps College, academic and extracurricular opportunities abound. Students work with a faculty of distinguished teachers, scholars, and researchers who believe their first responsibility is to stimulate and support undergraduate learning. Seminar-style classes taught only by professors--never teaching assistants--ensure that students share ideas in a supportive, interactive atmosphere. At the cornerstone of Scripps academic program is the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, which challenges Scripps women not only to think, but to think about the way they think. The Core program looks at the many connections among culture, knowledge, and representation across a number of disciplines, encouraging students critical awareness of the limits of disciplinary methods and theories. Scripps Study Abroad and Global Education program further encourages students to apply their learning to global experiences by studying abroad for a semester or a year. And by requiring a senior thesis based on research in the major, Scripps stimulates independent thought and a lifelong commitment to original inquiry. As a result of their superb liberal arts education, Scripps graduates go on to attend some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the nation and take on leadership positions in a wide range of fields and endeavors.As part of The Claremont Colleges, a community unique to American higher education, Scripps offers its students the best of both worlds. Students receive the personal attention of a small residential college while benefiting from the academic and social resources of a larger university. With five undergraduate colleges literally next door to one another, The Claremont Colleges provides expanded intellectual, athletic, and extracurricular opportunities to students and faculty at each of the individual colleges. The Joint Science Department, a collaboration of Scripps, Pitzer, and Claremont McKenna Colleges, allows students to take advantage of remarkable research opportunities in pre-medicine and science; Scripps science students frequently receive national recognition for their work.Scripps' Claremont location gives students easy access to Los Angeles beaches as well as San Gabriel Mountain skiing, and all the offerings and energy of Southern California. Scripps campus, considered one of the most beautiful in the United States, is on the National Register of Historic Places.Scripps remains a womens college because it believes that having women at the core of its concerns provides the best environment for intellectually ambitious women to learn from a distinguished faculty and from each other. The Colleges largely residential population of fewer than 1,000 students encourages women to actively participate in their community and to develop a sense of personal and social responsibility. Scripps believes that this form of challenging and individualized education will best prepare women for lives of confidence and success.A current student sums up her college experience so far: The small-campus atmosphere of Scripps provides me with the comfort and support I need to create a home away from home, but it never lets me settle. I have been pushed and encouraged to expand my community and breadth of learning at every opportunity. The students and professors here are incredibly passionate and active; many classes and campus groups, as well as the academic emphasis on off-campus study, allow us to pursue our goals and get involved with external communities and organizations, extending the Scripps family well beyond the walls of Honnold Gate. I thank my college for this unique experience.