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
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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 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."

April 17, 2016: Case Studies of College Admissions at SI from 2:30pm to 5pm. 
This program is very worthwhile and informative event if you are applying to private schools (especially selective colleges), and I hope that both parents and students will attend. The cost to attend the event is $5 per family. 

Please Register online by Friday, March 4th. Online registration can be found by going to:

January 11, 2016: Junior College Night
Information from Junior College Night is now available to download. Paper copies of the handout are available in the College room.
Powerpoint presentation: click here to download
Junior College Night Packet: click here to download

College Decisions + Financial Aid
Students should start hearing back their college decisions at this time. Please note that colleges have until April 1st to give you their decisions and financial aid packages. It's important that students check their portals for important information.

FAFSA or DREAM ACT Financial Aid Applications
March 2nd is the priority deadline to file the FAFSA or CA Dream Act (undocumented students) for CSUs and UCs. For other colleges, it's important that you check their deadlines and other requirements to receive aid.

  • Remember to follow application checklists to insure that you're doing what's needed before and after you apply!
  • Send official test scores to college via CollegeBoard and ACT online.
  • List all of the schools to which you applied on Naviance.



CSUs: You only need to submit your scores to CSU Mentor, for all the CSUs you are applying to. Click "more search options" and enter the CSU Mentor Code 3594 

UCs: Send your scores to one UC and they will share it with all the UCs to which you apply. At the end of your UC application you will also need to make sure that you check the box that allows UC to share your information 

Private Colleges: You will need to submit official score reports to each private college with which you apply

Community Colleges: 2-year community colleges do not require SAT scores 


CSUs: Send your scores to ONE CSU and then use ACT SCORE MANAGER on CSU mentor to share with the other CSU Campuses that you applied to.

UCs: Send your scores to ONE UC and they will share it with all the colleges you are applying to. At the end of your UC application you will also need to make sure that you check the box that allows UC to share your information

Private Colleges: You will need to submit official score reports to each private college with which you apply

2015 GRADUATES/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 (