Established in 1970, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico (University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Campus) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Ponce (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants). This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Arecibo, Mayaguez. Officially accredited/recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico (PUCPR) is a medium-sized (enrollment range: 7,000-7,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico (PUCPR) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 46 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 70-80% making this Puerto Rican higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. PUCPR also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.