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. The university has four colleges that offer the following programs; English and Translation program, Psychology program and Master of Science in Translation Studies under the College of Science and Humanities; Electrical and Computer Engineering program, Computer Science program, Information Systems program under the College of Engineering; Architecture program, Visual and Digital Production program and Design prorgam and Master of Science in Urban Design under the College of Architecture and Design; Finance program, Marketing program, Human Resources Management program, Operations and Information Management program, Entrepreneurship program, and Master's in Islamic Financial Management under the College of Business.