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4 Step Admissions Process

Step 1: Apply to Biola University

Torrey Honors operates as the undergraduate honors program of Biola University. Students will not be admitted to Torrey Honors unless they are also admitted to Biola University. Before applying to Torrey Honors, you must apply to Biola University.

You need not await acceptance to Biola University before applying to Torrey Honors. Your acceptance to Torrey Honors is contingent upon your acceptance to Biola University, but we have a limited number of spaces in our program. For this reason, we encourage you to submit your Torrey Honors application as early as possible.


Step 2: Apply to Torrey Honors

All prospective Biola University students who have one or more of the following are invited to apply to the Torrey Honors Institute:

  1. A GPA of 3.8 and higher
  2. A combined SAT of at least 1800
  3. A composite ACT of at least 25

Questions about eligibility? We're happy to help! Please contact us at the information listed on the bottom of this page.


Step 3: Interview with THI Director

Per faculty committee review and recommendation of your application, you will be contacted to schedule a group or phone interview with the director of the Torrey Honors Institute.


Step 4: Notification & Confirmation

If you apply to the Torrey Honors Institute prior to March 1st, you will receive notification of admission by mid-April.

Students selected to participate must notify Torrey Honors of their intent to enroll by May 1. If you are accepted after May 1, please inform us of your intention to enroll as quickly as possible. If you missed the May 1st deadline, please contact us (information below).


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Frequently Asked Questions about the Application

I don’t meet all of the requirements. Can I still apply?

Yes, you only need to meet one of the academic requirements to apply.

I don’t meet any of the requirements. Can I still apply?

SAT and GPA scores are good indicators of student success in Torrey, but we know that tests aren’t the whole story. If you think you would thrive in this academic community please apply.

What happens after I submit my application?

First, your application is processed by our staff and reviewed by a Torrey Honors faculty member. If approved, you will be contacted by our admissions office to schedule an interview with the Director of the Torrey Honors Institute (either in-person or over the phone, depending on your location). If at any point your application is denied it will be reviewed a second time by our Director. 

My school does not weigh GPAs. What should I put on my application?

If your school doesn’t provide a weighted GPA you can put the unweighted number in both fields on the application.

Do I need to submit a writing sample to apply?

We do not require a writing sample for our application. Consider your responses to the short answer application questions as a reflection of your writing.

Can I submit my transcripts or a letter of recommendation?

You are free to submit any materials you would like to accompany your application. These materials are not required and may or may not factor into our admissions decision.

How many students are admitted every year?

We are currently admitting 130 students to the Torrey Honors Institute in the Fall. In general, the THI tries to stay at 10% of Biola’s undergrad population.

I am an international student. How do I apply?

Fill out the application as normal. If you qualify for a phone interview you will be contacted by our office staff. If necessary, we can hold the interview via Skype.

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