Riordan High School: College Counseling Division
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The one stop website used to provide Riordan Students with College Information and support. 

College Corner

UC Merced is the youngest campus in the University of California system, having oened its doors in 2005. The campus is located in the Central Valley and is situated near majestic Yosemite National Park. UC Merced serves as a major base of advanced research and models sustainable design and construction. UC Merced has integrated education and research programs focused on building a sustainable environment. A research university is a community bound by learning, discovery and engagement. The bobcat serves as UC Merced’s spirited mascot for their NAIA Pac Conference sports and campus spirit. The most popular majors at the university include: Engineering, Business, Biology, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science. UC Merced is nestled near Sierra Nevada and bounded by Lake Yosemite on one side, with many recreational activities available for students, such as hiking, fishing, water skiing, camping, and other forms of outdoor exploration of the surrounding nature. On campus, students can take advantage of the massive Campus Recreation facility to play sports and keep up a healthy lifestyle. If you want more information about UC Merced, and how you can become a Bobcat, consider exploring the school's website or visiting the College Room for more information!


The New York Times - 04/06/2017

The New York Times - 08/20/2016

The Wall Street Journal - 9/25/2015

PBS News Hour - 8/21/2015

iUpshot (New York Times) - 4/24/2015
"When people talk about four-year colleges not being for everyone, the teenage Carlos Escanilla is the sort of student they have in mind..."

The New York Times - 3/13/2015
Op-Ed  piece by Frank Bruni 

The New York Times - 12/4/2014
Op-Ed piece by Frank Bruni look at the film the "Ivory Tower" and considers the impact of social class to college access.

Rox and Roll Blog - November 5, 2014
"As a former admissions officer for two "elite" schools -- one Ivy and one West Coast Ivy-equivalent -- I am in a unique position to offer some insights for parents that may be of help in raising healthful teens."


Important College Events: Please make note of the following important events. We highly encourage both students and families to attend The Senior College Night and College Financial Aid Night. A summary and list of these dates will be given to you during Senior College Night. 
Senior College Night Thursday, September 6th, 6:30pm Theatre
Senior Mentor Group Day College Process Overview (FOR STUDENTS ONLY), September 12th during mentor group in Theatre
Senior Parent College Coffee Hour, 7:30am-9am, October 12th College Room
Senior College/Career Work Day (MANDATORY, FOR STUDENTS ONLY), Wednesday, October 10th 7:45am-12pm
College Financial Aid/Cash For College Financial Aid Application AssistanceThursday, October 25th 6:30pm-8:30pm, Library
College Check-in Meetings: Starting September 7th, I will begin meeting with students individually (unless otherwise requested) to discuss their college application processI will be pulling students from class at random. I highly encourage students who plan on applying to private schools early (November 1st/15th deadlines) to schedule a meeting with me.

Colleges are starting to schedule their visits to Riordan. Please log-in to Naviance to register (required to attend sessions during class). More information on how to register can be found by clicking here.

Colleges are starting to schedule their visits to Riordan. Please log-in to Naviance to register (required to attend sessions during class). More information on how to register can be found by clicking here.
ALUMNI: Requesting Transcripts
All students attending a four year college are REQUIRED to send a final transcript to their school. Because our semester ends in May and grades are submitted in June, we send the transcripts out around June 15th (this gives you time to insure your grades are accurate). 
students are required to create a Parchment Account and pay a small fee. The directions to do so are below:
Step 1: On the Riordan homepage, under "Alumni" in the Quicklinks click "Request Transcriptsand you will be directed to the Parchment website. 
For your convenience you can click here.
Step 2: Click "Send Transcriptsand Sign-up for an account
Step 3: Add Archbishop Riordan High School and enter your information
Step 4: Select the College to which you'd like to send your transcript 
Step 5: Pay the fee and Riordan will send the transcript when it is read
If you have any questions about this process please contact our Registrar Mrs. Birmingham (