In 2009, Zaytuna College was founded in Berkeley, California, with a mission that called for grounding students in the Islamic scholarly tradition as well as in the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society. The Summer Arabic Intensive, a residential language program, was its first academic offering, and the undergraduate program welcomed its inaugural freshman class in fall 2010. In March 2015, Zaytuna earned accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, becoming the first accredited Muslim college in the United States.
The Zaytuna College Campus
In summer 2015, Zaytuna completed its move to the neighborhood of Holy Hill, a multi-faith academic community in Berkeley, California, where the College owns three buildings, collectively known as the lower campus.
Zaytuna’s lower campus is adjacent to one of the premier research universities in the world, the University of California, Berkeley. Holy Hill is also home to the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest consortium of seminaries and academic centers for the study of religion in the nation.
This community gives Zaytuna’s students and faculty an unparalleled opportunity to engage inside and outside the classroom with educational communities from different faith traditions.
The lower campus comprises three buildings:
- 2401 Le Conte Avenue (the MA program and offices of Development and Accounting)
- 2479 Le Conte Avenue (a dormitory)
- 1712 Euclid Avenue (also a dormitory and home to the Emir-Stein Center as well as Renovatio, the journal of Zaytuna College)
Zaytuna’s second location, the upper campus, is a nine-acre property in the Berkeley Hills at 2770 Marin Avenue, consisting of eight buildings (including a women’s dormitory, classrooms, and administrative and faculty offices) and a stunningly beautiful natural environment conducive to serious study.