FAQ

 

We aim to make sure you’re as informed as possible during the application process.

If you have additional questions after reviewing our FAQ, schedule a one-on-one admissions meeting. One-on-one meetings take place weekly over the phone or in person. To make an appointment, please email Assistant Director of Programs Rocio Arellano at rocio.arellano@anderson.ucla.edu.

What is included in the curriculum for the Riordan Scholars Program?*
  • Eight monthly Saturday sessions at the UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Special guest speakers from the corporate and academic community
  • Lectures by top UCLA Anderson faculty, including presentations of college and MBA-level coursework
  • SAT prep workshops and individualized College Action Plan counseling
  • Professional development workshops, including essay writing, resume writing, interviewing techniques and public speaking
  • Stock market and real estate analyst presentation and competition
  • Personal mentors who are current MBA students at UCLA Anderson
  • Corporate visits to companies such as Goldman Sachs, Warner Bros. and Toyota
  • Transportation provided to UCLA for select high schools

*ALL of the above are provided on a tuition-free basis to Riordan Scholars.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Riordan Scholars Program?

It is not necessary to have prior experience in or knowledge of business, just an interest to learn.

  • Must be a sophomore, junior or senior in the fall of the application year
  • A strong academic record (“B” average or better)
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and active involvement at school and in the community
  • Must be the first generation in your family to attend college (parents should not have postsecondary education)
Is attendance at every Saturday session mandatory?

Yes. Attendance is mandatory for all participants.

When should I submit a copy of my transcripts?

In order for your application to be reviewed, all components must be fully completed and submitted by the application deadline. A copy of your unofficial high school transcripts can be faxed or emailed to our office separately. We will not accept any mailed copies of your unofficial transcripts.

Do I have to submit an official transcript with my application?

No; however, a copy of your unofficial transcript must be submitted to our office via fax or email before your application will be considered complete.

Can I turn in my application after the application deadline?

No, late applications will not be accepted. All application materials, including transcripts, must be submitted by the application deadline.

Can I email or fax my application?

No, the application must be submitted online. We will not accept any faxed or emailed applications. The only component of the application that can be emailed or faxed to our office is your transcript.

To whom do I fax or email my transcripts?

You can fax your transcripts to the Riordan Programs Office at (310) 267-0165. You may also email your transcripts to our office at riordan.programs@anderson.ucla.edu. The subject line of the email should read: “Riordan Scholar Application - High School Transcript.” In the body of the message, please provide your full name, high school and the program year you’re applying.

What are my chances of acceptance?

Every application submitted by the May 19 deadline will receive equal consideration. Each year the Riordan Programs admit an extraordinary group of students. We have carefully designed our review process to ensure quality and fairness. Admission into the Riordan Programs is highly selective and based on a comprehensive review of all applicants.

How do I sign up for my admission interview?

We do not require interviews of Riordan Scholars Program applicants.

Can I call or email to check on my admission status?

We will not accept or return any calls, nor respond to any emails regarding admission decisions. All applicants will be notified by email of admission decisions by August. To verify that your complete application was received, please print the confirmation page after submitting you online application.

What if I do not have access to a computer or the internet?

The Riordan Programs staff understands that each applicant’s situation is unique. However, we have allotted a five-month application process to allow individuals to prepare for and find accommodations to apply for our program. Please consider using school or public library resources.

Can I save my application online and return to it at a later time?

Yes, you can save your application and return to it at a later time. Once you are logged into the application, you will find a “Save” button at the top of the page. You will need to provide an email address and password in order to save your progress. An email message with your saved application link will be sent to your email address. You will need to click on that specific link in order to retrieve your saved application. Please use a password you can remember easily.