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

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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."


Good luck finals, we look forward to seeing you graduate!

Reminder about Final Transcripts:
On June 8thour registrar Mrs. Birmingham (,  will automatically mail/electronically submit final transcripts to the attending college listed on your Naviance as of today, May 15th. Please contact her directly if there is a change in your plans.
  • Attending a Community College: We don't send final transcripts to Community Colleges because they do not typically require them. If they request one from you, please let Mrs. Birmingham know.
  • Waitlist Movement: If you are admitted off of a waitlist and change attending colleges, please Mrs. Birmingham and let her know what college you're now attending!
  • Attending a CSU or UC: If you reported coursework from a previous high school or summer program, you are required to submit official transcripts. Please make arrangements with your previous school/summer program to send official copies by the deadline set by the CSUs and UCs. Failure to send official copies may result in the college rescinding their admission offer.

Good luck with finals and have a great summer! Here are some things you can do this summer to help prep for college applications.
  • Calculate your CSU/UC GPA**
  • Create a list of your extracurricular activities **
  • Begin researching college application requirements using an excel document** or a form similar to the one linked here.
  • Start listing colleges that you're interested in on Naviance.
  • Begin drafting your College Essays and/or UC Personal Insight Questions
  • Complete the Letter of Recommendation Survey for Counselor [Fill out if applying for private schools. It will be located on the about me tab of naviance]
  • Create accounts for the following application forms:
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 (