Established in 1978, Universidad Católica Nordestana (English: Nordestana Catholic University) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the suburban setting of the large town of San Francisco de Macorís (population range: 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Duarte. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministerio de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología, República Dominicana (English: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dominican Republic), Universidad Católica Nordestana (UCNE) is a small (enrollment range: 4,000-4,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Universidad Católica Nordestana (UCNE) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees in several areas of study. This 38 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 90-100% making this Dominican higher education organization a least selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UCNE also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, as well as administrative services.