Founded in 1852, St. Mary's University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of San Antonio (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Texas. Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, St. Mary's University is a small (enrollment range: 4,000-4,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic ((Society of Mary - www.marianist.com)) religion. St. Mary's University 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 164 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 70-80% making this US higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. St. Mary's University 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.