College Counseling helps students and their families research colleges, understand the application process, and provide positive support.
We officially start the college counseling process in the spring of junior year. Prior to junior year, we feel that it is important for students to focus on their academics and personal interests.
The college process is not about only grades and test scores. Colleges also care about personality traits such as honesty, resourcefulness, fairness, altruism, humor, leadership, initiative, positivity, and the ability to overcome challenges or hardship. Whatever your story may be, it is our hope that we will help you bring it out and become proud of it throughout this process.
College Search Resource
Students are given access to SCOIR, a college network resource, to help them research college options and facilitate the college application process with our department.
We officially start the college counseling process in the spring of junior year. During this time, students are introduced to the Head of College Counseling, Mrs. Melissa Nagar, who meets with every student and/or family individually to talk about their personal goals and college options.
Junior year students are given the PSAT and Mock ACT to help prepare with college testing. We also invite students and their families to attend the San Francisco College Case Studies event, to better understand how applications are evaluated.
During senior year, the College Counselor works together with the Divisional Counselors to assist students with applying to colleges.
The Counseling department hosts on a number of events such as Senior College/Career Work Day, mini college fairs, and College Financial Aid Night. Every fall, we also host over 50 college representatives who meet with our students to talk about their colleges and the application process.
San Diego State
San Jose State
UC Los Angeles
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
Univ. of Hawaii
Univ. of Michigan
Univ. of Nevada, Reno
Univ. of Oregon
Univ. of San Diego
Univ. of San Francisco
Univ. of Washington
Learn about what our recent graduates are doing!
After graduating from Riordan and NYU, Henry Liu '14 launched his finance career in Shanghai.
One of Riordan's first boarding students, Stephen graduated from UC Berkeley and hopes to make a positive impact on environmental policy.
Brian Kosewic ’16, a rising senior at Loyola Marymount University, has found success trying new endeavors.
For a soon-to-be college grad who hopes to design sustainable cars, Wesley Morris ’15 has spent quite a bit of time on foot as part of both Riordan’s and Oregon State’s marching bands.
An aspiring journalist and soon-to-be graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, JC Canicosa ’16 credits his success to Riordan, which taught him the value “of putting [himself] out there” and getting involved. For JC, “out there” includes studying abroad in England and interning for three TV news stations during his time at college.
Fraternal twins Nicolas and Xavier Caracter, who graduated in 2017, are already making a name for themselves at Boise State, where they have carried their passion for Riordan’s Crusader Marching Band over to their college experiences.