UC Santa Cruz is one of 25 campuses profiled in the cover story of Newsweek magazine's fall 2009 special issue on U.S. colleges. The article describes UCSC as the place to go for "Overachievers Who Need to Stop and Look Around." (View slide No. 20 of the feature article.)

In addition to UCSC, the "Finding the Right College for You" cover story profiles Stanford University, Vassar College, University of Michigan, Brown University, Smith College, University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, University of Texas, University of Chicago, and 15 other campuses.

Two recent UCSC graduates, featured in the campus's 30 Grads in 30 Days web feature this past spring, were quoted in the Newsweek profile. Politics graduate Caitlin May and physics graduate Nina McCurdy said the campus's picturesque redwood setting above Monterey Bay inspired them as students and helped them decompress from the rigors of the classroom.

The issue, published in traditional magazine format and online, features a stunning photograph of the Porter College "wave," taken by UCSC staff member Carolyn Lagattuta.