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Location
Glenside, PA
Undergrads
2,154
Tuition
$35,620
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Weather: I came from a country that never snows, so I just want to put that out there.

I don't like the weather at Arcadia but it's really not the worst. The winter isn't long but it just makes things more difficult. Arcadia workers are very good at clearing the snow in a manner that will allow you to go to class. A lot of times classes get cancelled which sucks if you have a class that only meets up once a week. During the winter the door swiping system may stop working so you might find yourself locked out of your hall and sometimes the electricity cuts off too. They turn the heat on when the temperature hits below freezing so up until then you'll need extra blankets.

Spring fluctuates between really windy/rainy days, and lovely hot sunny days so you have to keep checking the weather. Otherwise the weather is really quite good. I just got really sick of the cold but that's because I wasn't used to it.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The winter can be pretty cold and grey, but as soon as it hits April the sky is blue and the weather is a perfect 70-75 degrees with sunshine!

3 College Junior

Weather: Sometimes the weather is nice one day, then snowing the next

3 College Sophomore

Weather: the snow has been bad, but it is winter.

3 College Junior

Weather: We've had a bunch of snow days this year and it hasn't been too bad. Just a bunch of catch-up to do. It sucks when it rains because well, rain.

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  • 185th
    Hottest Summers
  • 249th
    Coldest Winters

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stacey Wisniewski
Hometown
Schwenksville, Pa.
Major
English
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If you have never lived in Pennsylvania or in the surrounding states before, you are in for a treat—or not, depending on how much you enjoy very unpredictable weather. In the course of just one day in Pennsylvania, you can alternate between pouring rain, drizzle, sunshine, clouds, and even simultaneous rain and sun (with a rainbow!).

Pennsylvania also has very unpredictable winters. The winter of 2010 was very snowy, with a few major snowstorms that caused many canceled classes at Arcadia. However, some winters are very mild, with only a few flurries. There is really no way to describe Pennsylvania weather. It is best to say that those who have never experienced it will get a taste of almost every type of weather there is—except most extreme types of weather such as tornadoes or hurricanes (though we do get the aftermath of those storms in the form of pouring rain or high-wind gusts).

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 63 °F
Spring - Low: 42 °F
Summer - High: 85 °F
Summer - Low: 64 °F
Fall - High: 66 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 42 °F
Winter - Low: 26 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.30 in./month
Summer: 4.22 in./month
Fall: 3.91 in./month
Winter: 3.53 in./month
What to Pack
  • Bathing suit
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Rain boots
  • Snow boots
  • Snow shovel (if you have a car and need to dig it out)
  • Umbrella
  • Winter parka

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