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Zaytuna Admissions FAQs

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How many degrees does Zaytuna offer?

Zaytuna offers one bachelor of arts (BA) in Islamic law and theology and one master of arts (MA) in Islamic texts.

Is there a part-time program?


Is there an online program?


Can students select courses?

Undergraduate students take a standardized curriculum with their cohort to foster a community of learning with their peers. Students in our master’s program will select one of two areas of concentration: philosophy and theology or Islamic law.

Is there a way to pursue other courses outside Zaytuna?

Yes, Zaytuna students have the option of simultaneously enrolling in University of California Berkeley Extension courses.

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How much is tuition?

Please find a detailed breakdown of our fees under “Tuition & Financial Assistance.”

Are there scholarships and financial aid?

Yes, there are merit-based scholarships and zakat-based, financial-need grants.

Can international students apply for scholarships and financial aid?


Student Life
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Is there on-campus housing?


How much does on-campus housing cost?


Is there on-campus housing for married students?

Yes, but it is very limited.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, please see the Zaytuna College Catalog for more details.

Is there a meal plan?

No, however, three free dinners are provided every week by the Zaytuna College Office of Student Life.

Is there a laundry room?

Yes, there are communal laundry machines in each dormitory.

Is there a kitchen in the dorm?

Yes, there is a communal kitchen and dining area in each dormitory.

How many students share one dorm room?

Most students share a room with one other person. A few students have two roommates in a large room, and some fourth-year undergraduates live alone.

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Do I need to know Arabic to apply?

No, however, you must acquire one year of college-level Arabic before the fall semester of your freshman year at Zaytuna. You may either do this on your own or attend the Zaytuna College Summer Arabic Intensive (SAI). One year of college-level Arabic is equivalent to the first ten chapters of Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya (Georgetown University Press, 2011).

Do I need to have a background in Islamic studies?

No, but having a background in Islamic studies greatly strengthens your application.

Do I need to have a background in the liberal arts?

No, but having a background in the classical liberal arts greatly strengthens your application.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Any student who has completed the junior year of high school is eligible to apply to our undergraduate program.

Can international students apply?


How much does the application cost?


Is there a minimum SAT/ACT/CLT score to apply?


Is there a minimum high school GPA to apply?


Where can I get my forty hours of community service?

Time spent volunteering at a recognized organization whose leadership will attest to your community service may be counted toward your application. Examples of official organizations range from local community centers to international nonprofit organizations.

Who should write my three letters of recommendation?

We suggest that at least two of your letters of recommendation come from educators.

What can I do to strengthen my application?

Demonstrating a background in Arabic and/or the liberal arts will strengthen your application.

How do I access the Proof of Community Service form?

Please download and view our Proof of Community Service form.

What are the essay questions on the BA application?

Please download and view our Essay Questions & Instructions.