Established in 1971, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Technical University of Loja) is a private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Loja (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants). 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), Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) is a small (enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 45 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this Ecuadorian higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UTPL also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.