How to Apply

The Riordan Scholars Program seeks talented individuals who have demonstrated academic success and leadership skills and who lack exposure to graduate-level education. We encourage all applicants to learn more about the Riordan Scholars Program admissions process through our web resources located below. If you have questions about the application or program that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact Tandia Elijio, Assistant Director of Programs, via telephone at 310-206-3597 or via email at tandia.

The online application for the 2017 - 2018 application academic year is now available! The deadline to submit all application materials is Friday, May 19, 2017. The 2016 - 2017 Riordan Scholars Program is scheduled to begin in September (2016) and end in May (2017).  Tentative program dates are listed below: 

2017 - 2018 Session Dates

Orientation - September 16, 2017
Session #1 - October 21, 2017
Session #2 - November 11, 2017
Session #3 - December 16, 2017
Session #4 - January 20, 2018
Session #5 - February 17, 2018
Session #6 - March 17, 2018
Session #7 - April 21, 2018
Session #8 - May 5, 2018

Session attendance is mandatory for all students.  All dates are subject to change with prior notice being forwarded.  

SAT Test Prep Dates*

SAT Practice Test #1 - September 30, 2017
SAT Bootcamp #1 - November 11, 2017
SAT Bootcamp #2 - February 3, 2018
SAT Practice Test #2 - April 7, 2018

*SAT Test Prep is mandatory for all 10th and 11th grade studentsAll dates are subject to change with prior notice being forwarded.

Interested in learning more about the program? Click here to sign up for the interest list!



Application Available 

Application Deadline

Decision E-mailed by

 October 24, 2016

May 19, 2017

August 4, 2017

Application Includes:
  • Applicant Background Information
  • Copy of unofficial transcript(s)
  • 2 required essays; 1 optional essay
    • Essay 1: The Riordan Scholars Program seeks applicants with a range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences.  Describe your personal background and the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to The Riordan Scholars Program.
    • Essay 2: Why are you interested in spending eight Saturdays as a participant in The Riordan Scholars Program?  How does The Riordan Scholars Program fit within your future education and career goals?
    • Essay 3 (optional): Is there anything you would like us to know about you or your academic record that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in this application?
  • 1 Academic or Community Reference Contact


  • Eligibility
  • Cost
  • Transportation
  • Participant Responsibilities

To be eligible, applicants should meet the following criteria:

    • Must be a sophomore, junior or senior in high school by the start of the program.
    • Please note the senior applicant pool is extremely competitive. Senior applicants should work with their counselor to submit the best application possible.
    • Have a strong academic record ("B" average or better)
    • Demonstrated leadership skills and active involvement at school and in the community
    • First-generation college student 
    • Prior experience in or knowledge of business is not required

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 (September - May) along with continental breakfast and lunch.

While transportation to the monthly Saturday sessions at UCLA will be provided from selected schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District, alternative methods of transportation are encouraged that include: being dropped off at the UCLA Anderson campus, carpooling with other Scholars and taking public transportation. Bus tokens and parking will be provided on a case by case basis with prior notice required.

Admitted Riordan Scholars are required to attend all monthly Saturday sessions. Riordan Scholars are expected to exhibit a professional demeanor and actively participate in all session discussions, workshops, and activities. Respect towards fellow Scholars, Programming Staff, Mentors, and session guests, including faculty members, professional speakers and volunteers is obligatory. Appropriate attire is required at all Riordan Programs functions.

For more information on applying to the program, please refer to the information and FAQ's below.


What is included in the curriculum for The Riordan Scholars Program?

        • Eight monthly Saturday sessions at the state-of-the-art UCLA Anderson School of Management
        • Special guest speakers from the corporate and academic community
        • Lectures by top UCLA Anderson Faculty, including college and MBA-level coursework
        • SAT Prep Workshops and individualized College Action Plan counseling
        • Professional development workshops, including essay writing, resume writing, interviewing  techniques, public speaking and PowerPoint training
        • Stock Market and Research Analyst Presentation & Competition
        • Personal mentors who are current MBA students at UCLA Anderson School of Management
        • Corporate visits to companies such as Goldman Sachs, Warner Brothers, Toyota, etc.
        • Transportation provided to UCLA (selected high schools)
          *ALL of the above is provided on a tuition FREE basis to Riordan Scholars.

What are the eligibility requirements for The Riordan Scholars Program?

      • Must be a sophomore, junior or senior (as of fall '16)
      • 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, just an interest to learn.
      • Parents should not have post-collegiate education (1st and 2nd generation college students should apply).

Is attendance at every Saturday session mandatory?

Yes. Attendance is mandatory for all participants.

When should I submit a copy of my transcripts?

A copy of your unofficial high school transcripts can be faxed or emailed to our office separately.Please note that in order for your application to be reviewed, all components must be fully completed and submitted by May 13, 2016. We will not accept any mailed copies of your unofficial transcripts.  Your application will be penalized for any late materials received. Please note that in order for your application to be reviewed, all components must be fully completed and submitted by the deadline.

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.  The online application will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 19, 2017.  All application materials including transcripts must be submitted by the May 19th deadline.

Can I email or fax my application?

No, the application must be submitted online. We will not accept any faxed or emailed copies of applications.  The only component of the application that can be emailed or faxed into our office is your 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 "2017 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 4, 2017. 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.