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Zaytuna College recognized as first accredited Muslim college in the US

A college that requires the study of both Wordsworth and the Quran for graduation is now the first fully accredited Islamic university in America.

Zaytuna College, a 5-year-old institution in Berkeley, Calif., was recognized earlier this month by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an academic organization that oversees public and private colleges and universities in the U.S.

Preview: Fellowship bolsters senior's aspiration to bring science to Spanish-language TV

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When Ana Aceves was 12 years old, she sat on her parents' front porch in Merced, Calif., looked up into the night sky and had an "out-of-body experience." She saw herself on her porch, then her city, state, planet and finally the stars.

It was then she knew exactly what she wanted to do, says the now 23-year-old senior at the University of California, Berkeley. "I ran into the house and told my mom I wanted to be an astrologer," she explained with a loud chuckle.

"I think you mean an astronomer," her mother corrected.

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