The campus of 33 acres is characterized by spacious vistas and intimate courtyards with more than a dozen fountains. The original buildings were designed in the Mediterranean Revival style by Gordon B. Kaufmann in collaboration with Edward Huntsman-Trout, landscape architect. The campus, widely recognized for its beauty, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 2009 the entire campus has been made wireless for internet access.
There are nine residence halls, each with its own living room and upstairs library. All student rooms are wired to the campus network and Internet. Each residence hall has its own 24-hour computer center with a minimum of three computers (Macintosh and PC) with access to course and other specialized software.
Janet Jacks Balch Hall
The hall houses most administrative offices, including the Office of Admission, as well as classrooms and faculty offices.
Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building
In addition to classroom and faculty offices, the Humanities Building houses an auditorium for lectures and films, and a large faculty lounge.
Clark Humanities Museum
The Museum is housed in the Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building. Linked to the Humanities Program at the College, the Museum’s exhibitions reflect the concerns of faculty teaching in this area and often enhance specific course offerings. For students interested in museum careers, the Clark Humanities Museum offers possibilities for internships and related activities.
Ella Strong Denison Library
The Ella Strong Denison Library is a special collections and rare books library. The Macpherson Collection of more than 3,000 books, by and about significant women, contains many primary source materials for original research, surpassing those available at many major universities and graduate schools. The Ellen Browning Scripps Papers highlight the Scripps College Archives, an important resource for the history of women’s education. The Rare Book Room has many treasures, including rare manuscripts, incunabula, and books from fine presses.
Honnold Mudd Library
The nearby Honnold Mudd Library is a full circulating library that serves and is funded by all of The Claremont Colleges.
Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons
The Commons is the social heart of the campus. The building houses the dining program which includes a central servery and four separate dining rooms. In addition, the Hampton Dining Room and Living Room provide a more formal venue for College functions with seating for up to 200. Other facilities include two meeting rooms, a central campus mail office, Career Planning & Resources, the Motley Coffeehouse, Scripps Store, and space for student activities.
Performing Arts Center
The Center is the permanent home of the Music Department and performance space for both Scripps’ music and dance programs. Included in this complex are the 700-seat Garrison Theater and the 100 seat MaryLou and George Boone Recital Hall, the Nancy Glanville Jewel Music Library, several music classrooms and rehearsal rooms, music faculty offices, a recording studio, as well as Lee Pattison Courtyard.
Beatrice E. Richardson Dance Studio
The studio, near Vita Nova Hall, is a large studio completely equipped for the instruction of dance.
Millard Sheets Art Center
This facility includes the Florence Rand Lang Art Studios with teaching studios, art faculty offices, the Scripps College Press, the Joan and David Lincoln Ceramic Art Building, (dedicated in April 2011) and the 4,000-square-foot Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery—equipped with museum-quality controls for climate, lighting, and security. Baxter Hall houses the offices of the Williamson Gallery program as well as other faculty and staff offices.
Harry and Grace Steele Hall
Steele Hall houses both academic and administrative offices including the Financial Aid Office, Information Technology Department, a multimedia classroom and language laboratory, Advancement Office, Office of Public Relations, and the Psychology Department.
Sallie Tiernan Field House
This 24,000 square foot recreational athletic facility was completed in the summer of 2008. It is adjacent to the 25 meter swimming pool and contains machine and weight rooms, an aerobics studio, and a yoga room. Change rooms to support these programs and the swimming pool are in the facility. An NCAA soccer field/lacrosse field is adjacent and includes a parking garage under the field. Additional athletic facilities are located on the Claremont McKenna College campus, one block away, for use in a combined intercollegiate athletic program. They include a gym, weight room, squash court, indoor volleyball court, soccer field, outdoor track and a recreational field. These facilities are available to students for intramural and recreational use as well.
Vita Nova Hall
Formerly the music building, Vita Nova Hall provides offices for the Intercollegiate Women’s Studies Center, the Human Resources Department, faculty offices, and a large lecture hall.
W.M. Keck Science Department
The W.M. Keck Science Department serves Scripps, Claremont McKenna, and Pitzer Colleges. Located at the juncture of the three colleges, the facility contains offices and teaching laboratories. The department supports teaching and ongoing research in biology, chemistry, physics, and related areas, including interdisciplinary projects and courses. Additional laboratories and offices for the program are located in modular buildings across the street on the Pitzer College campus.
Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station
The field station is located on land originally purchased by Ellen Browning Scripps in 1925 for future Claremont Colleges. It currently serves as a natural outdoor laboratory for many disciplines at Scripps and the other Claremont Colleges.