Founded in 1551, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (National Major San Marcos University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the metropolis of Lima (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants). Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministerio de Educación, Peru (English: Ministry of Education, Peru), Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) is a very large (enrollment range: 40,000-44,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) 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 465 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 0-10% making this Peruvian higher education organization a most selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. UNMSM also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.