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

The BA Program

Teaching the Liberal Arts in Two Traditions

Beginning with the trivium—courses in grammar, rhetoric, and logic—and an intensive study of the Arabic language, students progress through courses in theology, law, history, philosophy, science, and literature, while studying and reading classical texts from both the Islamic and Western traditions. The program is designed so that courses taken later both depend and build on earlier courses.

Experiential Learning

Students also engage in structured learning activities outside the classroom through an experiential learning program such as sunnah sports, swimming, archery, horseback riding, community service and civic engagement. Students are encouraged to complete this fifty-hour requirement by the end of their junior year.

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Application Deadline

Students are admitted on a rolling basis to our BA program, and seats for the incoming class are typically filled by the end of January. It is thus in the best interest of applicants to apply early as those who apply later will be competing for fewer seats. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application

  • Transcripts from high school and/or college (unofficial are acceptable, we will request official documents once you are admitted)

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Three personal essays

  • Non-native speakers of English must also submit a TOEFL, IELTS, CEFR level, or Duolingo English Test score**

  • SAT, ACT, or CLT Results (now optional due increased pandemic risk)*

  • Community service requirement (waived for Fall 2022)

*Please note that some standardized exams, such as the CLT, can now be taken remotely at home. Please contact testing agencies directly for more information. Please also note that in place of the SAT, ACT, or CLT, we may also accept national exams common to your country (such as the A-Levels in the United Kingdom). Please visit this webpage to learn which international exams we currently accept in place of an American standardized test. Due to the new Omicron variant and the risk this poses to our applicants, we are transitioning to a test-optional policy for this admissions cycle. With this change, you still have the option of submitting a standardized test (CLT, SAT, or ACT), and doing so may improve your application. However, you are not required to in order to submit a complete application.

**We expect successful applicants to have a TOEFL score of 100 or higher, an IELTS score of 7 or higher, or a DET score of 120 or higher. Please contact us if you have any questions.

International Students

Due to regulations governing the F-1 student visa, international students are unable to join us for the Summer Arabic Intensive. Therefore, international students must first pass our Arabic Proficiency Test in order to receive an offer of admission. Our Arabic Proficiency Test covers material equivalent to the first 12 chapters of Al-Kitaab Fii Ta'Allum Al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part 1 (2nd Edition). Admissions may invite you to take the Arabic Proficiency Test after evaluating your application.

To learn more about how to prepare for the Arabic Proficiency Test, please view our Arabic Assessment Guide for International Students.

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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.

First Year Application

If you are a high school graduate with college credits or are a college graduate, please complete our transfer application.

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Transfer Application

If you are a high school graduate with college credits or are a college graduate, please complete our transfer application.

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