Founded in 1946, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Quito (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Pichincha. Officially accredited/recognized by the Consejo de Evaluación, Acreditación y Aseguramiento de la Calidad de la Educación Superior del Ecuador (English: Council of Evaluation, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education of Ecuador), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) is a medium-sized (enrollment range: 7,000-7,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 70 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. PUCE also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.