College Resources

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. 


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.


Many talented Riordan athletes go on to compete at the collegiate level.

Riordan's college counseling team is available to answer questions about the eligibility process.

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Meet Our Head of College Counseling

Melissa Nagar

Melissa Nagar

Phone Numbers:
School: 415-586-8200 ext. 241

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.


Class of 2023 College Acceptances

Class of 2023 Grad Photo

In addition to attending the colleges listed, members of the Class of 2023 will also be returning to their home countries, taking gap years, and joining different trades. *Indicates more than one student will be attending the college.

  • Amherst College
  • University of Arizona*
  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Butte College
  • University of California, 
    • Berkeley
    • Davis*
    • Los Angeles*
    • Merced*
    • Riverside*
    • San Diego*
    • Santa Barbara
    • Santa Cruz*
  • California Polytechnic State University, 
    • Pomona*
    • San Luis Obispo*
    • California State University,
    • Channel Islands
    • Chico*
    • East Bay
    • Fresno
    • Fullerton*
    • Long Beach
    • Los Angeles
    • Maritime Academy*
    • Monterey Bay
    • Northridge
    • Sacramento*
    • San Bernardino
    • San Diego*
    • San Francisco*
    • San Jose*
    • Sonoma*
  • Chapman University
  • City College of San Francisco*
  • University of Chicago
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University*
  • University of Connecticut
  • Davidson University
  • Dominican University of California*
  • Fordham University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Grand Canyon University*
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Hawaii Pacific University*
  • Lewis University
  • Lewis & Clark College*
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • College of Marin*
  • Macalester College
  • Menlo College*
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Montana
  • Mount Saint Mary's University
  • University of Nevada, 
    • Reno
    • Las Vegas
  • New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
  • Northeastern University*
  • University of Notre Dame*
  • University of Oregon
  • University of the Pacific*
  • Parsons School of Design, The New School
  • Pepperdine University
  • Purdue University
  • Reed College
  • University of Rochester
  • Saint Mary's College of California*
  • University of Saint Thomas
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco*
  • College of San Mateo*
  • Santa Clara University*
  • Seattle University
  • Skyline College*
  • University of Southern California*
  • Southern Oregon University
  • St. John's University*
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Toronto
  • Tulane University
  • The University of Utah*
  • Utah Valley University
  • Vassar College

Learn about what our recent graduates are doing!

2023 College Sweater Day