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How To Apply

Our freshman class is always small (less than 20 students) and always diverse in many ways, but its students are all motivated by the desire to acquire the timeless tools of learning found in the Islamic and Western traditions that are essential to building a more purposeful future.

We ask for your transcripts, test scores, essays, and letters of recommendation so that you can show us your perseverance in your educational journey, your commitment to habits of learning such as a regular practice of memorization or the daily use of dictionaries, and your curiosity to pursue intellectual passions. Your personal essays, in particular, tell us not only your story but also demonstrate your grasp of the arts of communication—grammar, logic, and rhetoric—that are essential for success at Zaytuna.

We invite you to show us why you would thrive in our community of students and scholars that is varied in its passions and interests but mutual in its commitment to inculcating the love of beauty, truth, and goodness in a human being.

Bachelor of Arts

Zaytuna’s bachelor of arts program is founded on an integral liberal arts curriculum, consisting of courses from both the Islamic and Western traditions of higher learning. 

Please familiarize yourself with our bachelor’s program before applying.

Applications for Fall of 2021 will open in September 2020

Application Deadlines

We are no longer accepting applications for the Class of 2024. Applications for Fall of 2021 will open in September.

Under the Zaytuna College rolling admissions system, any candidate who has completed their junior year of high school may apply. The Admissions Committee admits students until the total available seats are filled, which typically occurs in mid-April. We advise students to apply early because those who apply later will be competing for fewer seats.     


  • Official transcripts from high school and/or college
  • Proof of 40 hours of community service
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two personal essays
  • Non-native speakers of English must also submit a TOEFL, IELTS or CEFR level score 

When you apply, please upload your personal essays along with your unofficial transcripts and standardized test scores into the Online Application Form. Zaytuna College will request official transcripts and scores once students are admitted.

Once you submit your online application, a Zaytuna admissions officer will be in touch with you throughout your application process to assist with any questions and to provide updates or further instructions.

If you are not ready to apply yet, but have questions or would like to stay in touch, please contact us at [email protected]

Zaytuna College is temporarily waiving the standardized test requirement for applicants to the undergraduate Fall of 2021 class out of concern for the health and safety of our applicants due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Master of Arts

Zaytuna’s master of arts degree in Islamic texts is intended to provide students with higher-level access to the Islamic tradition through a guided course of study in Islam’s primary sources.

Please familiarize  yourself with our master’s program before applying. 

Applications for Fall of 2021 will open in mid October 2020

Application Deadlines

The master’s degree program at Zaytuna College has a rolling admissions system. Any candidate who has earned a terminal degree, such as a bachelor’s degree or seminary (madrasa) equivalent, may apply at any time after October 15, 2019. The College will consider complete applications and will communicate admissions decisions periodically, starting in the late Fall of each year. It is in the applicant’s interest to apply as early as possible.


  • Minimum four years of Arabic language studies or coursework, including an exam administered before final admission
  • An existing BA degree in Islamic Studies or ancillary fields (e.g. theology, philosophy, Arabic, Islamic Law, history); must possess substantial knowledge in the Islamic tradition
  • GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Minimum of 6 courses completed in Islamic Studies in the areas of the Zaytuna M.A. program’s concentration
  • Competency in Qur’anic Studies (memorization is highly valued)
  • Proficiency in the English language similar to a native speaker
  • 3 Letters of Recommendations
  • Statement of purpose that describes the student’s goals and objectives in pursuing the at Zaytuna College
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Writing sample of publishable quality
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $50