Founded in 1936, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (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 of over 5,000,000 inhabitants). This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): 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.