Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Law and Theology

As a Muslim liberal arts college in the West, Zaytuna aims to provide its students a foundation in the intellectual heritage of not one but two world civilizations: the Western and the Islamic.
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Catalog 2015–2016

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Applying for Admission

Admissions Requirements

To apply to Zaytuna College, you’ll need copies of your academic transcripts, including, if it applies, evidence that shows fulfillment of Zaytuna’s Arabic language prerequisite; your standardized test scores; documentation of your community service; and three letters of recommendation.

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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Tuition for academic year 2017–2018 is $19,000 and housing costs are $10,000. While Zaytuna does not participate in state or federal grant or loan programs, we strive to assist students who need funds to study at the College. We also offer merit scholarships for students that demonstrate the potential for exceptional academic achievement.

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Application Forms


  • Admissions Questions
    Email or call Admissions Office at or 510.900.3134; or send an inquiry.
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General Admissions Requirements

All queries regarding admissions can be directed to the Admissions office by calling 510.900.3134 or sending an email to We also suggest that applicants review the admissions section of the Zaytuna College website. Applicants for admission into the Bachelor’s degree program in Islamic Law and Theology must be at least seventeen years old. The following documents must be submitted to the admissions office:

  • Online application (Through – see undergraduate application instructions below).
  • A high school diploma, GED, or evidence of satisfactory completion of secondary school requirements and curriculum
  • High school and/or college transcripts
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT); NOTE : This requirement is waived for applicants with at least one year or 24 hours of college credit.
  • Documents showing the successful completion of one year of college-level Classical Arabic with a C or better, or a satisfactory score on the Zaytuna College Arabic placement test; NOTE: Zaytuna offers Classical Arabic in its Summer Arabic Intensive program to help students meet this requirement prior to the start of the freshman year.
  • Evidence of 40 hours of community service. Download Proof of Community Service form.
  • Three letters of recommendation from teachers or persons qualified to comment on a student’s academic performance, potential, and character
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00

Homeschooled students’ three letters of recommendation should include two from persons who have worked with them academically and one from a person who has been able to observe the applicant’s academic capabilities and can speak to his potential. Homeschooled students should contact the admissions office for further information about admission requirements.

The College requires that all incoming students have full proficiency in the English language. (Zaytuna College cannot currently accept international students.) Naturalized citizens and permanent residents who have recently arrived in the country may be required to demonstrate mastery of English by submitting scores from one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL: Student must score at least 550 on the paper-based test (PBT); 68 on the internet-based test (IBT)
  • IETS: Student must score at least 6.5

Students under consideration for admission must have either an in-person or online interview with members of the Admissions Committee.

Even after students are notified of acceptance by the College, admission is not finalized until the College receives an official transcript or its equivalent, showing the successful completion of a secondary school curriculum, as well as all other documents required to complete the admissions file. Finally, the enrollment agreement must be signed and any required deposits paid.

We welcome applicant visits to the Zaytuna College campus in Berkeley, California.

Zaytuna College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, or national/ ethnic origin in the admission of applicants; the administration of its educational or other policies; or its scholarship, financial aid, or other programs.

Undergraduate Application Instructions

  • GO TO, create an applicant account and add Zaytuna College to your "My Colleges" list (available starting August 1st). If you are applying directly out of high school or your highest previous degree is a high school degree, please choose “First-Year Application.” If you have already graduated high school and have more than 24 college credits, please choose “Transfer Application.”
  • COMPLETE the Common Application, the Zaytuna College Questions, and assign your recommenders before submitting your application.
  • ASK your counselor and recommenders to submit all of their documents online through the Common Application.
  • [“First-Year Applications” only] SEND your official SAT and/or ACT scores to Zaytuna using the college codes 6152 for SAT scores and 7024 for ACT scores.
  • DOUBLE-CHECK your email address. All Zaytuna College correspondence will be sent to the email address you enter in the Common Application. Make sure your email address is valid.
  • SAVE a PDF copy of your application to your computer on the "Preview and Submission" page.
  • SUBMIT your application ahead of deadlines to avoid technical difficulties.
  • CONFIRM that you have successfully submitted your Common Application in the "My Colleges" tab.

Admissions Criteria

Requirement Detail Required Documentation
1 High School Diploma or Equivalent Equivalents include:
  • GED – earn a passing score (175 minimum)
  • BA Degree
  • Home Schooling – but with adequate certification
Transcript or test scores documents
2 Cumulative GPA Minimum, 3.30 and above Transcript

ACT (in place of SAT)

CAHSEE (California residents only)
Minimum, M = 610 R and W = 670; Essay required

Minimum, 27 and above; Writing required

Test score document (Use the code 6152 for sending SAT scores to Zaytuna, and the code 7024 for sending ACT scores).

Test score document

Test score document
4 Arabic Requirement Summer Arabic Intensive at Zaytuna or pass the Arabic Proficiency Exam – written and oral – prior to enrollment Zaytuna Registrar
5 Community Service 40 hours Letter from supervisor
6 Evidence of Strong Motivation Evidence of leadership and ability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment Overall academic and personal records, including recommendation letters

Undergraduate Admission Deadlines

(inclusive of financial aid deadlines)
Early decision standardized testing deadline October, 2016
Early decision application deadline November 1, 2016
Regular decision standardized testing deadline December, 2016
Early decision notification date December 15, 2016
Early decision enrollment deadline December 30, 2016
Regular decision application deadline January 15, 2017
Regular decision admission notification date April 1, 2017
Regular decision enrollment deadline May 1, 2016

Summer Arabic Intensive Deadlines

Priority application deadline January 15, 2017
Priority notification date February 1, 2017
Priority enrollment deadline February 10, 2017
Regular application deadline February 20, 2017
Regular notification date March 20, 2017
Regular enrollment deadline March 30, 2017
Late application deadline March 20, 2017
Late notification date March 30, 2017
Late enrollment deadline April 10, 2017

Tuition And Fees

For the academic year 2017–2018, the undergraduate program costs are as follows:

Tuition $19,000
Nonrefundable enrollment fee $250
Nonrefundable Student Tuition Recovery Fund fee ($0.50 for every $1,000)* $5.63
Textbooks and readers $900
Housing (includes a $250 nonrefundable fee) $10,000
Refundable security deposit $500
Refundable key deposit $75
Annual Student Activities Fee $100

Tuition is due and payable in advance; however, Zaytuna College offers a payment plan option for students who are unable to pay the entire tuition due by the first day of classes each semester. No interest is charged, but failure to meet these payment terms may expose the student to administrative withdrawal from the program in addition to a late payment fee of $50 per late payment. the late payment fee accrues if payments are made between the payment due date and up to ten calendar days following that due date. If the student does not make the payments within ten calendar days of the due date, he or she is considered to be in default of the enrollment agreement and will be barred from classes until 1) payment is made or 2) an arrangement to pay is made with The Accounting Office.

Please note: Under California law, students must pay the assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies: (1) You are a California resident and you prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and (2) your total charges are not paid by any third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party. Students are not eligible for protection by the STRF and are not required to pay the STRF assessment if either of the following applies: (1) You are not a California resident, or (2) your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

Financial Aid

Zaytuna College strives to assist students who need funds to study at the College. Students may apply for need-based financial aid or a merit-based scholarship through Zaytuna College by completing an online financial aid application.

The College does not participate in state or federal grant or loan programs. All financial aid and scholarships are funded by Zaytuna’s community of supporters, and most financial aid awards come from zakat (alms). Because the use of zakat-based financial aid is religiously regulated as a trust of the Muslim community, Zaytuna College must ensure that zakat is properly used by students making good progress toward their degree.

Refund Policy

All enrollment cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing to the Office of Enrollment Management.