UC Santa Cruz is among the campuses cited by Forbes magazine as the "most beautiful" in the world.

"Higher learning is a lot more attractive at these schools," observes authors of a special feature just published on the Forbes.com web site. The feature reflects the views of a panel of architects and campus designers interviewed by Forbes.

A slideshow that accompanies the article features UC Santa Cruz and 13 other campuses from around the world. Others include Oxford University, Tsinghua University, University of Bologna, Yale University, and Stanford University.

The ranking is one of a number UC Santa Cruz has received in recent months:

  • UCSC was 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." [More]

  • UCSC placed seventh in Sierra magazine's third annual "honor roll" of the top 10 greenest colleges in the nation. [More]

  • Discover magazine named a UCSC evolutionary biologist's study of human predation and species evolution No. 30 among the top 100 science stories for 2009. [More]

  • With 47 alumni in service, UCSC was No. 21 on the annual list of "Peace Corps Top Colleges and Universities." [More]

  • An AIDS vaccine developed by UCSC biomolecular engineer Phil Berman was part of a vaccine regimen that earned spots on two of Time magazine's "Best of 2009" lists: "Top Ten Medical Breakthroughs" and "50 Best Inventions." [More]

  • In a survey of the top institutions in geosciences, UCSC ranked 18th in the world. [More]

  • UCSC's Economics Department was ranked sixth in the world - and fifth among all academic departments - for research in international finance. [More]