Allendale, MI
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$14,568 ($10,078)
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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It can be cold and snowy but we go snowboarding and skiing.

3 College Student

Weather: It's very open, so occasionally the wind just whips through.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Too cold to walk to class and the sidewalks flood and they get too icy in the winter. Hard to walk

1 College Sophomore

Weather: SO MUCH SNOW. We literally live in a snow globe. I don't even live in a dorm, I live in an igloo.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Winter sucks walking across campus otherwise, no big deal.


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  • 79th
    Coldest Winters
  • 364th
    Hottest Summers

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Audrey Rosenau
Rochester Hills, MI
Hospitality and Tourism
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While some students who are not used to the wonderful weather changes in Michigan complain, most students at Grand Valley get along just fine. Walking on campus takes 10 minutes from one end to the other, so no matter how cold or rainy it is, you are not outside for long. Also, because buses run so frequently, some students will take the bus from one end of campus to the other—this is not frowned upon!

With the weather varying from one day to another, it is also nice to have multiple plans for your day. If it's raining, instead of going to the nearby beach, head downtown for some indoor shopping or events! In the winter, the snow is beautiful, and after the first spring rain, it is relatively dry on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 57 °F
Spring - Low: 36 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 58 °F
Fall - High: 60 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 34 °F
Winter - Low: 20 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.89 in./month
Summer: 3.63 in./month
Fall: 3.39 in./month
Winter: 2.18 in./month
What to Pack
  • Light spring/fall jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Snow boots
  • Umbrella
  • Winter jacket



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