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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's central New York, so you have to be prepared for pretty much anything. I don't think anyone really goes to Colgate for the weather. Long, cold winter, but the snow is beautiful and it's definitely manageable.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I'm biased because I love snow, but in general it's not thaaaaaat bad. People tend to be drama queens about it but its honestly just a longer winter. If that's not your thing I get it but, everyone hop off of the weather!

4 College Freshman

Weather: This depends on your view of winter. Winter is long, cold, and snowy. The fall is really pretty, but can be rainy and you don't get much of spring.

3 College Freshman

Weather: COLD but not horrendous, the fall is beautiful!

2 College Freshman

Weather: Plenty of moisture and cold temperatures. Early fall is beautiful.


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  • 53rd
    Coldest Winters
  • 459th
    Hottest Summers

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David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
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Colgate is definitely not a warm-weather school, at least for the majority of the year. What Hamilton does offer is four distinct seasons with fresh snowfalls as beautiful as the changing autumn leaves—emphasis on the fresh snowfalls. While the first few wintry days or even weeks are greeted with excitement by most students, as the gray months begin to blend together, students seek respite wherever possible. It's not all cold, however. The first and last few weeks of class frequently hit the 80s, with plenty of sun making you wish you had air conditioning in your on-campus housing (the only residence hall with air conditioning is Gate House). Though most know Colgate for its snowfall, there is a fair amount of rain in the fall and spring, making waterproof boots and a good raincoat necessities. 

While some instantly knock Colgate off their college search for its weather, the students know that there is far more to the eye than a quick look at the weather forecast online. Students make the most of their location, "borrowing" trays from Frank Dining Hall for sledding down the old ski hill or renting skis from the Outdoor Equipment Rental Center (OREC) in Base Camp to take on the miles of groomed ski trails. Pack a few sweaters, a warm jacket, a good pair of boots, and you'll be set for whatever the Chenango Valley throws your way. In many ways, the weather is what makes Colgate truly a special place.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 55 °F
Spring - Low: 31 °F
Summer - High: 78 °F
Summer - Low: 54 °F
Fall - High: 59 °F
Fall - Low: 37 °F
Winter - High: 33 °F
Winter - Low: 14 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.18 in./month
Summer: 3.96 in./month
Fall: 3.60 in./month
Winter: 2.34 in./month
What to Pack
  • Raincoat
  • Warm boots
  • Warm winter jacket
  • Wool socks
Did You Know?
Colgate had its first snow day since 1993 during the 2010-2011 school year.



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