Established in 1942, University of Peradeniya is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the medium-sized town of Peradeniya (population range: 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Central Province. This institution has also branch campuses in the following locations: Mahailluppallama, Dodangolla. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka, University of Peradeniya (UPDN) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Peradeniya (UPDN) 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 74 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 10-20% making this Sri Lankan higher education organization a most selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UPDN also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.