Established in 1838, Duke University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Durham (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), North Carolina. Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Duke University (DUKE) is a large (enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Methodist ((United Methodist Church - www.gbhem.org)) religion. Duke University (DUKE) 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 178 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 10-20% making this US higher education organization a most selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. DUKE 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.