Established in 1984, Islamic Azad University, Shirvan is a for-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Shirvan (population range: 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), North Khorasan. This institution has also branch campuses in the following locations: Boujnord, Quchan. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Science Research and Technology, Iran, Islamic Azad University, Shirvan (IAUSH) is a small (enrollment range: 5,000-5,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Islamic religion. Islamic Azad University, Shirvan (IAUSH) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 32 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 80-90% making this Iranian higher education organization a least selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. IAUSH 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.