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."



Thursday, January 12th: College Night for Juniors + Families                    Lindland Theatre 6:30pm 

Friday, February 3: Optional Mock ACT @ ARHS 8am-12pm: Registration is now closed, please contact Mrs. Nagar if you have any questions.

Book Your College Planning Family Meeting with Mrs. Nagar January-April click here to access online scheduler
Juniors and their families are invited to schedule their college planning family meeting with Mrs. Nagar. During this meeting we will discuss your plans after Riordan and the different pathways available to you. Please consult your son's schedule before booking the meeting to insure that they are not missing an important class or test. Note: The online scheduler will close after February 1st. After February 1st, we will begin meeting with students individually and send families notes from the planning meeting. This will help to insure that all students have a college planning meeting before the semester ends.

SF Case Studies Program @ Riordan HS: April 23, 2017 2:30pm-5pm
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2017
More information regarding the event can be found in the Juniors Section
Please register online by February 10th online by clicking here.

  • Official Transcript Requests/Submission of School Materials: It's important to remember to submit a transcript request on Naviance. This is the only way we know to send your materials.
    • Important: As long as you submit your application on time, colleges give high schools extra time to submit your transcripts and letters of recommendation because they understand that volume of applications that we have to support. You will not be penalized if our materials aren't received by your deadline.
    • Please read this helpful blog post entitled "Before You Scream At Your School Counselor"about the processing of college materials from the Huffington Post. 
  • Mid-year Transcripts aka Fall Senior Grades: On, Friday January 13th. We will automatically send your mid-year transcript to colleges that you've already applied to. If there is an issue with any of your fall grades, please contact Mrs. Nagar or Mr. Lin before then. 
  • Sending Official Score Reports to Colleges: Please remember that you have to submit an official score report to each college to which you apply through the College Board or ACT.
  • Common Application ChecklistPlease reference this checklist over break. It's especially important for you to link your Common app to your Naviance. Please see steps 4-6.
  • Continue checking your emails and portals from colleges: Be sure to check your emails and your college application portals from colleges to which you applied, they may request important additional information from you.
ALUMNI: Sending Final 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). 
To help introduce students to the process for requesting transcripts as alumni, 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 (