The University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) is a selective, doctoral-level institution that provides professional education in the greater Kansas City, Missouri area. One of four of the University of Missouri campuses, it has a broad and inclusive educational mission that focuses on three areas: the visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs. A charter for the University of Kansas City was granted in 1929. With the support of several benefactors, the dream to build the university became a reality. Among the several benefactors, local philanthropist William Volker donated the 40-acre nucleus of the present campus site in Kansas City's Rockhill district. The campus got its start as an independent university in 1933 and in 1963 became part of the University of Missouri system, joining three other campuses located in Columbia, Rolla and St. Louis. In the meantime, the university changed its name to University of Missouri at Kansas City. The university includes the College of Arts and Sciences, which is the largest school of the University of Missouri at Kansas City; School of Biological Sciences; Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration; School of Computing and Engineering; Law School; Conservatory of Music; School of Dentistry; School of Education; School of Graduate Studies; School of Medicine; School of Nursing; and School of Pharmacy. Through those institutions, the University offers undergraduate degree programs, masters programs and interdisciplinary PhD. programs. International Academic Programs are provided. The UMKC is nationally recognized for its research facilities. With research laboratories and top quality faculty, the university facilitates and promotes research activities. Swinney Recreation Center, Center for Academic Development, Women's Center, Writing Center, and Bookstore are the facilities provided at the campus. The libraries at the campus provide research facilities, resources and services in support of academic programs. For student’s convenience, The University of Missouri provides such libraries as Miller Nichols Library, Leon E. Bloch Law Library, Health Sciences Library, Dental Library, and Music/Media Library. The campus promotes athletic events which include Cross Country, Men's Basketball, Men's Golf, Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis, Rifle, Softball, Track and Field, Women's Basketball, Women's Golf, Women's Tennis, and Women's Volleyball.