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"One of the beautiful things about the program is that it brings together students from many different high schools so students are able to learn from each other."

"We see students in the Riordan Scholars Program stepping up as leaders. They have said to me, 'I'm interested in business. How do I start a business club and share what I've learned?"

"Some students are now applying to other programs, such as the L.E.A.D. Program and the U.C. Cosmos Program, because they hear of these opportunities through the Riordan Programs."

Recruitment for the Riordan Scholars 2017-2018 program year will begin November 2016. To apply, students must complete and submit an online application.  For more information on applying to the program and FAQ's, please review the information below.

We are now accepting student referrals for the 2018 program year.  Refer a student HERE.

Referrals are NOT nominations. They are NOT REQUIRED for a student to apply!  Your referral allows us to reach potential applicants directly. We will send them helpful information, such as deadline reminders, and general tips and updates to aid them through the Riordan Scholars application. 


What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Must be a sophomore, junior or senior (as of Sept. ‘17).
  • Applicants are expected to have a strong academic record (“B” average or better).
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and active involvement at school and in the community.
  • It is not necessary to have prior experience in or knowledge of business.
  • Parents should NOT have post-collegiate education (1st and 2nd generation college students should apply)

How much does the program cost?
Participation in the Riordan Scholars program is granted on a tuition-free basis to those who are admitted. Supplies and materials are provided during the monthly Saturday sessions. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

Is transportation provided?
Transportation to the monthly Saturday sessions is provided to selected schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Alternative methods of transportation include: being dropped off onto the UCLA Anderson campus, carpooling with other Scholars, and taking public transit. Bus tokens and parking will be provided on a case by case basis.

What is required of participants?
Admitted Riordan Scholars are required to attend all monthly Saturday sessions. Riordan Scholars are expected to exhibit a professional demeanor and actively participate in class discussions, stock market research and all other program activities. Respect towards fellow Scholars, Riordan Programs Staff, Mentors and all guests, including faculty members, professional speakers and volunteers is obligatory. Appropriate attire is required at all Riordan Programs events.

Can I email or fax my application?
No. We will not accept any faxed or emailed copies of applications.  All applications must be submitted online.  The only component that may be faxed or emailed is the unofficial transcript.

Who do I fax or email my transcripts to?
You can fax your transcripts to The Riordan Programs Office at (310) 267-0165.  You may also email your transcripts to our office at The subject line of the email should say "2018 Riordan Scholar Application- High School Transcript".  In the body of the message, please provide your full name and high school

What are my chances of acceptance?
Every application submitted by the May 13th deadline will receive equal consideration. Each year The Riordan Programs admits 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 for Riordan Scholar 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 their admission decision by August 5, 2016. 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 understands that each applicants situation is unique.  However, we have allotted a 5 month application process to allow individuals to prepare 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 or write it down.