The University of Missouri in St. Louis was established in 1963 as a public land research institution and is the newest of the four-state schools in the MO system. From outstanding students to dedicated faculty and staff, the University has proudly built a vibrant and diverse community devoted to the tribe of exceptional scholars. The university is one of the four branches of the University of Missouri system, adjacent to Columbia University, Rolla University and Kansas City University. With the slogan "We change lives", it aspires to become a symbol of hope, a leader in the pursuit of influential research, excellent education and community service. Students can choose from more than 80 majors, out of which, the most popular ones are health, education as well as business. Besides, the institute hosts the nation’s only professional training optometry program.