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Is Zaytuna College for Me?

Zaytuna College can only achieve its aspiration of becoming an elite college if it is able to attract excellent students. For us, an excellent student is not necessarily one who is merely among the “best and the brightest,” although an excellent student is certainly one who has been generously blessed intellectually. However, intellect without character, a strong work ethic, an open mind, and a commitment to the betterment of humanity will do little to fulfill the purpose of Zaytuna College.

We wish to attract students who are not only blessed with these characteristics, but who also have a deep and abiding respect for the heritage of prophetic knowledge and wisdom, students who see in the past keys that unlock the door to a brighter future. It is our vision to wed students who meet this description with teachers of a similar character to create a vibrant educational institution where knowledge is placed in the service of tradition, and where learning is an ongoing, dynamic process that works for a healthy future for all who inhabit this planet.

Requirements for Admission back to top

Excellent students are an integral part of the mission of Zaytuna College. Besides the requirement of a high school diploma or equivalent, factors to be considered in evaluating applications for admission include GPA, SAT and/or ACT scores, course work, and extracurricular activities. We will examine their academic records, community service records, recommendations, as well as a personal statement indicating why they want to attend Zaytuna College. Applicants may also be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee. We will consider each candidate individually and will make decisions based on a thorough evaluation of each application. Zaytuna strives to admit a diverse student body.  

Zaytuna College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or national and ethnic origin in the admission of applicants, the administration of its educational or other policies and its scholarship and tuition assistance programs, and any other Zaytuna-administered programs. Zaytuna admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College.

Note on the Arabic language prerequisite:

All students are required to take an Arabic proficiency test after admission. Students admitted to the undergraduate program who do not fulfill the Arabic prerequisite and/or fail the proficiency test must complete the equivalent of one year of college-level Arabic prior to enrolling in the fall. They may fulfill this requirement by attending the Zaytuna College Summer Arabic Intensive or a similar program elsewhere.

If students opt to attend Zaytuna’s Summer Intensive in order to fulfill the Arabic prerequisite, they are required to pay summer tuition and fees as noted on the Arabic Intensive website but need not submit a separate application. Admitted students who have filed an application for financial assistance for the undergraduate program may be asked for further information if financial aid is required for the Summer Intensive. Note that students who have fulfilled the Arabic Langauage prerequisite are not expected to attend the Summer Arabic Intensive (SAI). They may do so if they desire, but they will not receive any special consideration.

Criteria for Admissions:

At Zaytuna College, we seek students who demonstrate the capacity and desire to grow in three core areas of their lives: in their intellect, their spirit, and their moral leadership. We want our students not only to excel in our challenging undergraduate program but also to contribute to and enhance our society after their graduation.

While demonstration of these traits is ultimately a qualitative exercise, fulfilled primarily through the student’s Personal Statement, Essay, and Letters of Recommendation, we view the following criteria as comprising strong markers for each student’s potential for success at Zaytuna. As such, each requirement listed in the table below must be fulfilled for consideration of admission into the Zaytuna College undergraduate program.

Details of Requirements:

High School Diploma, Acceptable Equivalent, or Evidence of College/University study Examples of acceptable equivalence include: GED or evidence of equivalent education (home-schooling certificate of secondary education, foreign secondary education transcript [translated in English]) or College transcript. Transcript or official test scores
Cumulative GPA GPA must ideally be 3.3 or above. Transcript
SAT   Scores must ideally be 580 or above for each section. Official test scores
ACT (in place of SAT) Score must ideally be 27 or above. Official test scores
CAHSEE (California residents only) Passing score required. Official test scores
Arabic Must successfully complete the Summer Arabic Intensive at Zaytuna or pass Zaytuna’s Arabic Proficiency Exam (written and oral) prior to enrollment. Transcript or schedule exam with Zaytuna Registrar
Community Service Minimum of 40 hours required. Letter from supervisor
Evidence of Strong Motivation Evidence of leadership and ability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. This will be evaluated from submitted records and personal interview. Overall academic and personal records, including recommendation letters

Application Procedure back to top

  1. Application - Complete the Online Application for Admission.
  2. Letters of Recommendation - You are required to submit three letters of recommendation along with the application by either three of your teachers or two teachers and one school administrator familiar with your high school performance in courses and extracurricular activities. Homeschooled students should submit three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from persons who have worked with them academically and one from a contact who has been able to observe the applicant's academic capabilities and can speak to their potential. You should choose an individual who knows you well, and who will take the time to write thorough, detailed letters with specific anecdotes and examples, particularly of your personal qualities, leadership, and academic potential. The letters of recommendations should be submitted by the application deadline. You can download the Letter of Recommendation Form by clicking here. Your recommenders must submit their Letters of Recommendations directly to the Zaytuna College Admissions Committee at the address shown on the form. You are responsible for ensuring that all three recommendations are submitted before the application deadline.
  3. Transcripts - Send sealed official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary schools you have attended to the Zaytuna College Admissions Committee.
  4. Standardized Test Scores - Applicants in high school or of high school age must submit either SAT scores in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or ACT scores in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science Reasoning and English. The College Board code that ensures Zaytuna receives applicant SAT or ACT scores is 6152. Applicants with 24 credits or who have been enrolled in college for one year or more must submit their official college transcript(s) to Zaytuna College. Submission of their SAT or ACT scores are not required for these applicants. Naturalized citizens and permanent residents who have recently arrived in the country may be required to demonstrate mastery of English by submitting scores from TOEFL (required minimum scores: 550 on paper based test; 79 on internet test, with a minimum of 21 on writing and 19 on reading), IELTS (6.5), or MELAB (80). Zaytuna College accepts undergraduate applications only from U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  5. Arabic Prerequisite - If official transcripts do not provide evidence of having fulfilled the Arabic language prerequisite, the applicant must provide other evidence that may include a separate statement, letter from instructor, syllabus, books, or material covered. All students must fulfill the Arabic language prerequisite prior to enrollment in the College. The Arabic Prerequisite is fulfilled by either attending Zaytuna college’s Summer Arabic Intensive or passing the Arabic proficiency exam. You can apply to the Summer Arabic Intensive through the following page, and this application must be submitted prior to February 7.
  6. Community Service - Applicants are required to show proof of at least 40 hours of community service. You can download our form for proof of community service here. You may use your own form provided that it indicates the organization and location where you performed volunteer work, the hours and dates you worked, a description of the type of work done, and the signature and contact information of the supervisor.
  7. Financial Aid - If applying for financial aid, a separate financial assistance form must be filled out online. 
  8. Interview - Zaytuna College may schedule an interview with applicant. There may be an additional interview for students applying for financial aid.

Send all materials to: Admissions Office, Zaytuna College, 2515 Hillegass Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Application Dates and Deadlines back to top

2013 December 27Early Admissions and Financial Aid notifications will be sent to applicants who applied by the Nov. 22 deadline.
2014 February 07Priority Application Deadline – for Admissions and Financial Aid
2014 March 15Admissions Notifications will be sent to applicants
2014 April 30Late Application Deadline (with late fee) for Admissions only. Financial Aid Application closes on February 7. Admission Notifications will be sent on a rolling basis.
2014 November 22Early Notification Deadline -- for those wishing to know soon whether their Admissions and Financial Aid applications have been accepted or not.

Tuition and Fees back to top

Regular tuition for the Zaytuna College academic year is  $11,000 per year for full-time students. Tuition does not include room and board, books, transportation, and other student life costs. This cost applies to all Zaytuna College students because the College cannot currently accommodate part-time students.

Student Expenses back to top

Zaytuna College offers the following figures to help estimate yearly student expenses including tuition.

  • Tuition – Total for Fall and Spring Semester: $11,000.00
  • Student Tuition Recovery Fund Fee: $5.63
  • Books & Readers: $900.00 
  • Security Deposit (refundable): $500.00
  • Key Deposit (refundable): $75.00
  • Monthly Rent (September through May) : $7,200.00 ($800.00/month)

Tuition Assistance and Scholarships back to top

We understand the cost of a private college education is beyond the means of many people. We also believe in rewarding students with exceptional academic backgrounds. Our tuition assistance and scholarship programs will take into consideration both of these factors.

Admissions FAQs back to top

Are students required to enroll full-time? Can Zaytuna College students apply for state and federal grants or loans? Do you have to be a Muslim to attend or teach at Zaytuna College? Does Zaytuna College accept international students? What is the Zaytuna College policy on accepting transfer credits from another college or AP credits from high school? Does Zaytuna College provide student housing?


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Admissions Phone number : 510-900-3156


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Zaytuna College
Office of Admissions
ph 510-900-3156