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Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
6,178
Tuition
$43,160
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here sucks in the winter. It rains and snows A LOT and CMU will never ever cancel class for snow even when all other area schools have.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It gets to be way too cold to go out sometimes.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Pittsburgh weather leads some out of town students to refer to it as "Shitsburgh". Summer feels like it extends into mid October, at which point there will be a week where Pittsburgh decides to go from 70 degrees to 30. Western Pennsylvania weather is very volatile, so there are times where it will literally go from 65 and sunny to 25, windy and snowing overnight. The winters are tough, especially on students from warmer climates. So bundle up, scurry between buildings, and/or 'penguin' (walk in a huddled group for shared warmth). Phipps Conservatory, the botanical gardens right next to campus which grant free admission with a student ID, are a nice escape from Pittsburgh weather and schoolwork during the winter, as it maintains temperatures around 70 degrees year round.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is fine. I'm used to the cold. It is sometimes rainy for a while or grey, but other than that it's normal coming form New England.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It can be very cold some days, making the walk to classes somewhat difficult.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 212nd
    Coldest Winters
  • 278th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Raina Bradford-Jennings
Hometown
Brookfield, CT
Major
Professional Writing
Grad Year
2014
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When coming to Pittsburgh, expect rain. Lots and lots of rain. Sometimes there are simply clouds in the sky, and it is threatening to rain but never does, and other times, walking on campus is what some students would imagine walking through the ocean would feel like. Those days are more rare, but at the very least, CMU students who are new to Pittsburgh get into the habit of carrying an umbrella with them at all times. This isn't to scare you off! When the sun is out, it shines like it would on the ultimate summer day. On these days, you could mistake the campus for one of those sunny, beach-side Californian schools. Students sunbathe on the cut, grill on the barbecue just for the heck of it, and engage in pick-up games of every sport imaginable. These sunny days are cherished during the winter, when a lot of people get cabin fever from avoiding the wintry weather. When it comes time for spring, it is still raining, but Pittsburgh has a unique ability to experience torrential down-pours one minute and glaring sun the next.

Pittsburgh's weather is something that students end up getting used to. The best way to deal with the weather is to always have access to an umbrella. If that's not possible, the campus is small—or you can simply camp out in a building and wait it out. Students really only complain when it comes time to go out on the weekends. Face it—who wants to trek to a party in the pouring rain? At the end of the day, however irritating the rain is, students just adapt because there is no reason to get worked up over something that no one really has any control over.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 63 °F
Spring - Low: 38 °F
Summer - High: 83 °F
Summer - Low: 59 °F
Fall - High: 65 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 40 °F
Winter - Low: 22 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.53 in./month
Summer: 3.58 in./month
Fall: 2.92 in./month
Winter: 2.67 in./month
What to Pack
  • Hats, gloves, scarves
  • Heavy winter coat
  • Light jackets
  • Rain boots or water-resistant shoes
  • Shorts (it's hot at the beginning and end of school)
  • Sweaters, thermals (think layers)
  • Umbrellas (you'll lose some of them)
Did You Know?
  • The North American blizzard from February 2010 is fondly known as "Snowpocalypse," and Pittsburgh received 21.5 inches of snow that first day alone.
  • In need of an umbrella? The bookstore in the University Center sells umbrellas, and if it's closed, you can take a quick bus ride to Rite Aid in Squirrel Hill, which is open 24 hours.
  • The beginning and end of the school year can reach up to the mid-80s, so remember to prepare for the heat and humidity in addition to the cold.

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