• 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.


Learn About the Zaytuna College Experience

Our students arrive to Berkeley from all parts of the United States, and even from around the world. Our faculty and administration are committed to be their devoted guides as they nurture what God has already
imbued within them—a seed that only requires the right environment to flourish.

Students who accept the challenge of the Zaytuna curriculum should know that it requires long hours of dedicated and diligent study as they discipline the habits of the mind. We invite the families of our students—parents, grandparents, and other relatives—to share in the immense responsibility of cultivating lifelong learners.

A Parent’s Perspective

Resources for Parents

Get more information on subjects important to all future students
like academics, residential living, and the honor code.


A Timeless Curriculum

At Zaytuna, our students study timeless texts from our tradition as well as some of the most important
works of the Western canon.

Residential Life

Living at Zaytuna College

Zaytuna is committed to fostering a learning atmosphere in its classrooms and residential communities that is consistent with the Islamic tradition.

Honor Code

The Zaytuna College
Honor Code

Each year, Zaytuna students sign a pledge to abide by an Honor Code inspired by the ethical principles of the Muslim tradition.

Professor Emeritus and Board Observer, Zaytuna College

Zaid Shakir

"Your children can go to Harvard or Yale or Columbia, and every second they’re in that institution, you fear for their faith. You don’t know if they’re going to come home with their degree in their hand but their faith out of their heart. Zaytuna College provides a quality education that sends young adults to Harvard or into the world as graduates of Zaytuna. It nurtures their faith and nurtures their Muslim identity as it shapes them into young scholars and productive, proud citizens of this country and citizens of this world.”