Founded in 1998, Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena (State University of Santa Elena Peninsula) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the small city of La Libertad (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Santa Elena. 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 Estatal Península de Santa Elena (UPSE) is a small (enrollment range: 5,000-5,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena (UPSE) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. This 18 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Ecuadorian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. UPSE 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, as well as administrative services.