Founded in 1611, University of Santo Tomas is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Manila (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), National Capital Region. Officially accredited/recognized by the Commission on Higher Education, Philippines, University of Santo Tomas (UST) is a very large (enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. University of Santo Tomas (UST) 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 405 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 Philippine higher education organization a most selective institution. International students are welcome 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, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.