King Saud University

General Information

King Saud University (جامعة الملك سعود) is Saudi Arabia's oldest and most prestigious university, located in the capital Riyadh. The university was founded by King Saud in 1957 as Riyadh University. The first university not dedicated to religious subjects, it was renamed King Saud University in 1982.

It was created to meet Saudi Arabia's shortage of skilled workers. Today the school has over 70,000 students.

The University aspires to meet the educational and development needs of society by providing high-quality academic programs, pioneering innovative research and creative articulation, and through active involvement in the community for the prosperous cultural and economic development of the country.

The school's current main campus was constructed in the 1980s by Blount International, a construction firm led by Winton M. Blount headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, after the firm was awarded the world's then largest fixed-price contract in history for the sum of approximately $2 billion.


List of colleges

Science Colleges

  • College of Architecture and Planning, website
  • College of Engineering, website
  • College of Science, website
  • College of Foods And Agriculture, website
  • College of computer and Information Sciences, website
  • College of Science in AlKharj,
  • College of Engineering in alkharj,
  • College of Arts and Science in Wady Addwaser

Health Colleges

  • College of Medicine,
  • College of Dentistry,
  • College of Pharmacy,
  • College of Applied Medical Sciences,
  • College of Nursing,
  • College of Applied Medical Sciences In AlKhHumanities Colleges
  • College of Arts,
  • College of Education..,
  • College of Business Administration,
  • College of Law and Political Science,
  • College of Languages and Translation,
  • College of Tourism & Archaeology,
  • Arabic Language Institute,
  • College of TeachingCommunity Colleges
  • College of Applied Studies and Community Service,
  • Community College in ALRiyadh

College of Science

The College of Science was established in 1958, one year after the founding of King Saud University. The College began with six departments: geology, zoology, botany, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. In the beginning, the College had few students and a small number of lectures halls and laboratories. In keeping with the growth of the university at large, the College has witnessed considerable progress in many respects. The number of departments has increased, laboratories have improved, and the College now attracts a large number of students.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering was established as a joint project between the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNESCO in November 1962. This project lasted until 1969 when the College of Engineering became an official part of King Saud University.

The college started with three departments: the department of civil engineering (CE), the department of electrical engineering (EE), and the department of mechanical engineering (ME). In 1968, the department of architecture was established and it became a college in 1984 (1404 A.H.) under the name the College of Architecture and Planning.

In 1974 two departments were established: the department of chemical engineering (CHE) and the department of petroleum engineering (PE). In 1988 (1408 A.H.) surveying engineering (SE) was also established as a program in the department of civil engineering. In 1982 (1402A.H.), the program of industrial engineering was established in the department of mechanical engineering. Later on the program became the department of industrial engineering (IE) in 2002 (1423 A.H.). In sum, there are now seven departments offering the Bachelor of Science Degree in the following fields;

  • 1. Electrical Engineering
  • 2. Civil Engineering
  • 3. Surveying Engineering
  • 4. Mechanical Engineering
  • 5. Industrial Engineering
  • 6. Chemical Engineering
  • 7. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

The number of students of the college has risen from 17 in 1962 to more than 4000 students in 2005. The Faculty members have similarly grown in number from 4 to 210 (including lecturers and teaching assistants) within the same time span.

Riyadh Techno-Valley

King Saud University aims to satisfy the demands of the knowledge-based industries, and to commercialize its research outcomes, in addition to enhancing the research environment and encouraging researchers and graduates to participate in the incubation program and to establish spin-off knowledge-based companies.

The University is currently focusing its research on Polymers, Catalytic and Bio Technology Pharmaceuticals

Research Centers

  • Faculty of pharmacy Research Center
  • Faculty of Engineering Research Center
  • Faculty of Food and Agriculture Sciences Research Center
  • Faculty of Science Research Center
  • Faculty of Arts Research Center
  • Faculty of Languages and Translation Research Center
  • Faculty of Education Research Center
  • Faculty of Administration Science Research center
  • Faculty of Medicine Research Center
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Information Research Center
  • Faculty of Applied Medical Science Research Center
  • Faculty of Architecture and Planning Research Center
  • The Research Center of the Science and Medical studies Departments
  • Research Center for University Studies in Aleeshah


King Saud University has a total of eighteen libraries make up the main nerve of the academic and learning disciplines of the university. At the time of its transition into its current location, the university added the collections of nine of its libraries to the main library, forming thereby the central library. Renamed later Prince Salman’s Central library, it now enjoys seven branch libraries. Ideally housed in its seven floor building, with an area of 51400 square meters and more than 4000 reading seats, the central library occupies a central location among colleges and facilities, providing students, faculties, employees and other members of the community easy access to its location and holdings. Its collections include books, periodicals, manuscripts, government publications, academic theses, dissertations, press clippings, audio-visual and electronic media. The Libraries Deanship launched this site to help Internet surfers and interested individuals gain access to catalogs, holding locations, galleries, and electronic databases, along with other different facilities. We hope the site will familiarize those interested with our activities and services; should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Note able Programs

  • Prince Sultan International Program for Research Scholarships
  • King Abdullah Institute for NANO Technology
  • Prince Nayef Program for Intellectual Security Studies
  • Research Chairs Program
  • Riyadh Techno Valley Program
  • Nobel Laureates Program
  • Centers for Research Excellence Programs
  • ALUMNI programs
  • Intellectual Property Rights Programs
  • Knowledge Society Program
  • Riyadh Knowledge Corridor Program

Foreign students

Although primarily for Saudi students, the University also offers foreigners the opportunity to enroll in the College of Education or Arts, subject to certain criteria.

Student housing

The University offers students housing within the student housing complex (Sakan At-Tulab). Saudi students must however make a payment of around 400$ each semester to live in student housing.

External links

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