The average applicant to Torrey is among the top ten percent of students planning to attend Biola University in terms of academic, social, and spiritual leadership. High school students wishing to apply to Torrey should demonstrate serious academic aspirations. Torrey applicants should have successfully completed some honors or Advanced Placement work, if such is available at his or her high school.
Admissions Requirements and Application Process
All prospective Biola University students with GPAs of 3.8 or higher and a combined SAT of at least 1200 out of 1600 or SAT of at least 1800 out of 2400 or ACT of at least 28 are invited to apply to the Torrey Honors Institute. The application process is outlined below:
1. Application to Biola:
Complete the Biola University application for admission. Application to Torrey Honors Institute can be done concurrently.
2. Application to Torrey:
Applications for the early deadline must be postmarked by January 15, 2008. Applications for the regular deadline must be postmarked by March 1, 2008.
3. Writing Sample:
An example of your writing ability, preferably a term paper written during the past year, must be submitted with your Torrey application. The paper should be approximately five to eight pages in length. If you do not have a paper that meets that length, you may submit multiple papers to reach the 5-8 page requirements.
4. Next Step:
You will receive a series of questions via e-mail. When we receive your reply your application will go on to our Faculty Committee.
A member of our faculty at Torrey Honors Institute will interview applicants being seriously considered. You will be contacted by this office to set up a group or phone interview depending on your proximity to Biola.
Students selected to participate in the program will be notified by May 1st. A waiting list will be maintained in the event that the program has an opening.
Students selected to participate must notify the Department of their intent to enroll by May 10th. Failure to do so may forfeit their involvement in the program.
Students wishing to enroll in the Torrey Honors Institute must have outstanding skills in both written and spoken English. The prospective student demonstrates the former in a paper submitted with the Torrey application and the latter in an interview with the director.
Advanced Placement Credit
Although most Torrey students will have earned Advanced Placement credit in high school, they will not be exempted as a result from any Torrey required classes. Advanced Placement courses are helpful in preparing the student, but are not equivalent to Torrey classes in style, content, or rigor.