Effat University is the first non-profit proviate university for females in Saudi Arabia. It aims to inspire leaders of the future to become living ambassadors for the legacy of Queen Effat Al-Thunayan Al-Saud, her founder. The mission of the university is to qualify tomorrow’s competitive leaders with a world-class education by providing an interdisciplinary environment conducive to research, community service, and life-long learning. In 1999, the university started offering its first academic programs in English under the name of Effat College. In January 2009, Effat College acquired University Status as a private institution of higher education for women.