Founded in 1936, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (English: National Polytechnic Institute) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the metropolis of Mexico City (population range: over 5,000,000 inhabitants). This institution has also branch campuses in the following locations: Silao. Officially accredited/recognized by the Secretaría de Educación Pública, Mexico (English: Ministry of Public Education, Mexico), Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) is a very large (enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution. Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 80 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 20-30% making this Mexican higher education organization a very selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. IPN 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, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.