When she was in tenth grade, St. Louis native Stephanie Russo picked up a copy of our September 2003 Best College's roundup, read a story on Arizona's tiny Prescott College, and decided that's where she would be going to school. "We were longtime subscribers," says Russo, who grew up climbing in the Midwest. "The magazine was always full of good tips like how to fit boots and what gear to buy. I went to Outside for everything else, so why wouldn't I take it's advice on a college?" We're glad to say it worked out fine: Russo, now 25, majored in agricultural ecology and works as a constituent liason for congressman Martin Heinrich in Albuquerque, New Mexico.