Established in 1938, Northwestern Polytechnical University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Xi'an (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Shaanxi. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) 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 78 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 Chinese higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. NPU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.