The University of California – Santa Cruz is a public, 4-year school located in Santa Cruz, CA and is one of the ten campuses included in the University of California system. The University was founded in 1965 and chosen to be a part of the UC system more for its beautiful location than the practicality of the geography. The goal was to provide the benefit of a research university with the intimacy of a smaller school. The 2,000 acre campus, just 5 miles from the coast in the Ben Lomond Mountain ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, features large open spaces, creeks and ravines. The academic portions of the campus feature a blend of modern and contemporary architecture. Notable alumni include Huffington Post and BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti, actress Maya Rudolph and Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton.