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

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Final transcripts will be mailed/submitted to colleges in early to mid-June. If you have not updated your Attending College on the Graduation Survey, please do so, or see Mrs. Ryken.



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Best Private Student Loan Guide
This guide will list reputable sources of private loans for additional college financing.

Scholarship Award Letters
Advice from Best College Fit blog

Timely college planning articles to guide you through the entire college search and application process.  

Colleges which are test optional or test flexible

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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."

Summer Opportunities
(Also refer to the Summer Programs link under Home for a comprehensive list of enrichment programs)
Simply Hired - jobs and internships at summer camps and schools 

Thank you to everyone who attended the College Night for Juniors and Families. If you did not attend, please find the powerpoint HERE

If, over the summer, you have any changes to the college you will be attending and need your transcript sent to a different school, please advise Ms. Birmingham right away: 

Please come to the College Room to introduce yourself to Mrs. Ryken, the interim college counselor while Mrs. Nagar is on leave. It's important that you continue to check your college application portals and let Mrs. Ryken know if you need help sending materials to colleges or scholarships. Her email is and can be reached by phone at extension 535. 

Requesting Transcripts for College Applications: If you need an official transcript sent to colleges, you can request a transcript be sent via Naviance. All you do is mark that you've submitted the application on your Colleges I'm Applying to List. 
Important Note regarding Applications due during Break: Please note Mrs. Nagar will submit transcripts and teacher recommendations for applications due during break during the week we return from vacation. Colleges give schools extra time to submit materials, so as long as you submit your materials by the deadline you will not be penalized.
Sending Official Test Scores: It's important that students research each college's requirements for sending Official Test scores from the College Board or the ACT. Your applications may be considered incomplete without them. Compass education group provides a resource for colleges that allow self reported grades. It's important to still double check each college's policy.

Internship Opportunities (TBA)

Scholarship Information:  Below is a tentative list of potential college scholarship opportunities.  Please be aware of the respective eligibility requirements and deadlines as they are time sensitive.


·     2018 Annual Beta Sigma Scholarship"”– Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.'s Beta Sigma Chapter is offering scholarships ranging from $500-$1,000 to graduating Seniors that have been accepted to college with an accumulated GPA of 2.0 or better and need financial assistance.  To pick up an application (due April 16th, 2019), stop by the ARHS Counseling Wing. 

·     Carpe Diem Club of San Francisco Scholarship"”– The Carpe Diem Club of San Francisco is offering $500 scholarships to 2019 graduates in San Francisco high schools that meet their qualifications.  Students must have a "C" or better G.P.A. and be entering college in Fall of 2019.  The deadline for filing applications and the required documents is April 15th, 2019.  See your High School Counselor for an application and any additional information.

·     Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation presents the “Freddie Solomon Scholarship”– Application deadline is April 26th, 2019.  Visit all applicable information.


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 (


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