King Saud University, is one of the first universities in KSA, was established in 1957 (G), and began its activity by the inauguration of the Faculty of Arts in 1957 (G). The following year, the Faculty of Science was created.
More faculties were opened later, and the university includes 21 faculties now as follows:
- The Faculty of Arts
- The Faculty of Science
- The Faculty of Management Science
- The Faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences
- The Faculty of Education
- The Faculty of Engineering
- The Faculty of Medicine
- The Faculty of Dentistry
- The Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences
- The Faculty of Pharmacy
- The Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences
- The Faculty of Community Service
- The Faculty of Nursing
- The Faculty of Tourism
- The Faculty of Archeology
- The Faculty of Science - Al Kharj
- The Community College - Riyadh
- The Community College - Al Aflaj
- The Community College - Huraymila
- The Community College - Al Majma'ah
- The Arabic Language Institute - Al Majma'ah
The university's services are not restricted to male students as it opened its doors to Saudi girls in the academic year 1961-1962 (G), giving them their first chance to join the Faculties of Arts and Management Science.
The university continued to focus on girls' education, and now provides the opportunity to girls to join the university for undergraduate, and postgraduate programs in most faculties of the university. Girls can join the department humanities, the department of science, and the department of medical studies at the Girls' University Studies Center.
The university aims at providing higher education, and postgraduate study programs in various arts and sciences areas, as well as in specialized areas of knowledge. It also aims at contributing to the advancement of scientific research, dissemination of knowledge through authoring and translation, and the provision of community services using its available potential; advanced equipment, and qualified manpower.
The university is interested in many diverse activities that contribute to upgrading the social, cultural, sports, and artistic levels of its students, and the community.
The number of students enrolled in the university in the academic year 2005-2006 (G), registered 49,336 students for the bachelor's degree, 3,668 students for the master's degree, 518 students for the Ph.D. degree, and 384 students for the higher diploma, and fellowship. There are 8,429 students enrolled in the university's medium diploma programs, and in rehabilitative and transitional programs.
The number of the members of the university's teaching staff registered 7,482 in the academic year 2004-2005(G).