Founded in 1968, Université du Québec (English: University of Québec) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Quebec City (population range: 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Quebec. This institution has also branch campuses in the following locations: Montréal, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay, Rimouski, Gatineau, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministre de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, Québec (English: Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, Quebec), Université du Québec (UQ) is a very large (enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution. Université du Québec (UQ) 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 48 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 40-50% making this Canadian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. UQ also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.