Founded in 1961, Plovdiv University is a for-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the small city of Plovdiv (population range: 250,000-499,999 inhabitants). This institution has also branch campuses in the following locations: Êurdjali, Smolyan, Pazardzhik. Officially accredited/recognized by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, Bulgaria, Plovdiv University (PU) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Plovdiv University (PU) 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 55 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this Bulgarian higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. PU 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, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.