• About

    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.

  • Academics

    As a Muslim liberal arts college in the West, Zaytuna offers a curriculum that provides its students with a foundation in the intellectual heritage of two major world civilizations: the Islamic and the Western.

  • Admissions & Aid

    Our mission is to educate students to become morally, intellectually, and spiritually accomplished individuals ready to contribute to our contemporary world in ways that are proportionate to their gifts and to the needs of human society.

  • Campus Life

    Zaytuna’s campus is on Holy Hill and students enter the College as part of a cohort, a community of learners that travel together through the curriculum.

BA Application Process

The 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.

Application Date

Applications open on August 15th, 2023. Undergraduate applications are received through the Common App service.

  • Submission Deadline: October 31st, 2023, and January 31st, 2024. 

  • Response Dates: December 22nd, 2023, and March 29th, 2024.

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 to increased pandemic risk)*

  • 20 hours of community service

*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 105 or higher, an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher, or a DET score of 130 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.

Please see the International Students information page for more application detals for international students. To learn more about how to prepare for the Arabic Proficiency Test, please view our Arabic Assessment Guide for International Students.

First Year Application

If you are applying from high school, please complete our first year application.

Transfer Application

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