Established in 1988, Universidad Santo Tomás (Santo Tomás University) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the metropolis of Santiago (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), Metropolitan Region. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Copiapó, La Serena, Viña del Mar, Talca, Concepción, Los Angeles, Temuco, Osorno, Puerto Montt. Officially accredited/recognized by the Consejo Nacional de Educación, Chile (English: National Council of Education, Chile), Universidad Santo Tomás (UST) is a large (enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Universidad Santo Tomás (UST) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 28 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 80-90% making this Chilean higher education organization a least selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UST also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.