'U.S. News' visits UC Santa Cruz on a 'College Road Trip' in 'Best Colleges 2016'

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The article includes a photo of students harvesting produce from the Stevenson College garden. (Photo by Brett Ziegler/U.S. News and World Report)

UC Santa Cruz is featured in the “College Road Trip” section of U.S. News World Report’s “Best Colleges 2016” guidebook, which hits newsstands this week.

“Tucked in a redwood forest a couple of miles from the Pacific coast, the University of California—Santa Cruz is a nature-lover's dream,” the article begins.

Each year the magazine focuses on a geographic area for an in-depth look at several universities. For 2016, editors chose the San Francisco Bay Area and visited UC Santa Cruz, Stanford, University of San Francisco, and UC Berkeley.

A U.S. News writer and photographer each spent a day on campus in late January and early February.

The article includes a close look at UCSC's distinctive system of residential colleges, and includes quotes from students and faculty, including Cowell Provost Faye Crosby who describes the colleges as “intellectual neighborhoods."