Our commitment is to help young men and women cultivate hearts that relentlessly pursue Bonum, Verum, Pulchrum—the Good, the True, and the Beautiful who is Jesus Christ. We urge our students to relentlessly serve Christ and their neighbors. And we work to saturate their minds with the truth, so when our students graduate they are equipped to confront the fundamental challenges our world faces.
“You shall love the Lord with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our hope is that students become confident and courageous leaders in whatever sphere of life God calls them to and that they are unyielding in their willingness to sacrifice all for the sake of the Kingdom. As they encounter greatness and encounter truth, our students are equipped to think deeply, live well, and to create a culture that points toward the name of Jesus.
“The Word of God, the only rule for faith and practice.” That’s what the Director will say when he taps you on the head with a Bible as you walk across the stage at graduation. We think that Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, is the center of history and of learning. He is the “one in whom all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). And because the Bible explains him, our students read through and wrestle with selections from it in every term. Every class discussion is ultimately aimed at knowing Christ and his world better.
Faithful leaders read the people who changed the world. So you’ll never buy a textbook at Torrey. Instead, you will read the great books that confront us with fundamental questions, even if those texts don’t always provide true answers. By wrestling with the greatness of the past, you will come to understand the foundations of our society and gain confidence and courage to address the challenges our world faces.
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People make an education come to life, not books. And people are the life of our program. Community isn’t a cliche for us. As part of the Institute, you will learn with others who are as dedicated to your education as you will be to theirs. You’ll be a member of a small cohort group that you’ll spend (literally) hundreds of hours talking with. You’ll have a designated faculty mentor. And you’ll be surrounded by staff and upperclassmen who are eager to provide guidance and help. You’ll have every chance to make deep and permanent friendships and to learn with others outside the classroom doors.
The point of an education is not what happens inside the classroom, but what happens after. We do a lot of reading. But we also learn in places where the history was made and participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Through Urban Plunge, our Cambridge summer program, Torrey Rome, Torrey Theater, attending the opera, visiting the Getty, (we could keep going), you’ll have countless opportunities to explore the world and cultivate the talents God has given you.