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Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Weather: This year's weather has been pretty extreme. We've had like 7 snow days, which is pretty rare for DC. The school shuts pretty easily (I'm not complaining) so we've missed a lot of classes this semester. Spring time is pretty beautiful. It can get verrrrrry hot in August when you start school.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Well this semester has been extremely bi-polar. We have had about 8 snow days, so it has completely thrown off all my classes. Generally the spring is beautiful and people will be outside on the quad doing homework and hanging out.

3 College Junior

Weather: Weather can make or break a day at AU in the spring. Lots of snow days here, but when it's sunny out expect quadding or walking around the beautiful campus and D.C. area. Can get really muggy and humid in the summer but fairly fine. Snow and rain can affect far walks to campus if you live in a far away area such as Maclean or Cathedral, but overall shouldn't affect students greatly because classes are close together and not far walk at all.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Your average four seasons you would get in any schools in this region.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's been cold this year but DC is pretty in the snow and usually the weather is nicely moderate. There are seasons but they aren't as brutal as they could be.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 175th
    Hottest Summers
  • 293rd
    Coldest Winters

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jesse MacDonald
Hometown
Brooklyn
Major
Law & Society
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D.C. weather tends to be slightly unpredictable—hot, humid summers and cool winters with some snow, with springs that can either be very warm or freezing. AU students’ reactions to the weather depend on what they’re accustomed to, but most say that they like the mild winters and long falls.

Students should bring a wide range of clothes for the varied climate. Umbrellas are a must. In the winter, expect to wear a heavy winter jacket one day, and a light windbreaker the next. With the exception of 2010, D.C. does not usually get huge amounts of snow. Some winter days can feel like spring. As long as you build up a tolerance for some rain and unpredictable weather, you should have no problem exploring the city and sightseeing.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 66 °F
Spring - Low: 46 °F
Summer - High: 86 °F
Summer - Low: 68 °F
Fall - High: 68 °F
Fall - Low: 51 °F
Winter - High: 45 °F
Winter - Low: 30 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.40 in./month
Summer: 3.41 in./month
Fall: 3.35 in./month
Winter: 2.96 in./month
What to Pack
  • Heavier jacket
  • Light jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Umbrella

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