Established in 1984, Universiti Utara Malaysia (Northern University of Malaysia) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the suburban setting of the medium-sized town of Sintok (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Kedah. Officially accredited/recognized by the Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi (English: Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) 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 32 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Malaysian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UUM 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.