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Location
Saint Paul, MN
Undergrads
2,035
Tuition
$43,693
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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1 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from California and am not used to this... just going outside hurts and they don't cancel classes for weather. I'm told that this year was unusually bad though, so it's definitely manageable if you're okay with being inside all the time.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Minnesota winters suck! But a warm coat makes all the difference…the longest walk to class (across campus) is 7 minutes. If you dress for it, you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Macalester is absolutely beautiful during the Fall. The winter is long, but campus looks lovely in a fresh coat of snow, and the cold is survivable if you have a warm coat... which you can buy at the Patagonia store on the block immediately next to campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The cold and the snow are a part of going to college in Minnesota. Luckily, everything on campus and around is a very short walk.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It gets extremely cold in winter, and sometimes the school overcompensates for that by cranking up the heat in the buildings. The cold takes some getting used to, but the snow is so beautiful that it's worth it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Coldest Winters
  • 350th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tatiana Craine
Hometown
Eden Prairie, MN
Major
English with emphasis on Creative Writing
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It’s often said that people talk about the weather when there’s nothing else to converse about. At Macalester, sometimes it’s the only thing to talk about. Minnesota is a hotbed for out-of-control seasons and weather. The fall months range from hot to temperate to chilly, depending on how long summer chooses to stick around for during the school year. Midway through autumn, the air gets noticeably crisper, and seeing your breath cloud up outside will be a regular occurrence until at least March. Snow follows soon after, and winter in Minnesota blows through full force. Believe everything you’ve heard about this state’s wicked winters because not only will your hair freeze, but little ice crystals will hit your face on the way to class while you navigate icy sidewalks and snow banks. Spring comes after a long-awaited arrival, but it usually teases students with meltdowns followed by snow showers. Snow soon turns to rain, which leads to muddy puddles all over campus, but there’s usually a solid month of good hanging-out-on-the-quad weather for students to enjoy before school ends.

Students should pack for anything and everything. It’s been known to snow on Halloween in Minnesota, but in recent years, the area has also had 60-degree days in November. The weather in Minnesota just can’t seem to make up its mind, but when it does, it comes with a vengeance. Students from warmer climates might want to invest in long underwear and a healthy winter wardrobe equipped with puffy sweaters and down jackets. Though temperatures during the winter months dip below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, the thermometer also soars past 100 degrees in the summertime. Counteracting and beating the weather on a daily basis is an art that involves layering your outfits so you can peel off or put on items to hit your optimal temperature.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 57 °F
Spring - Low: 36 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 61 °F
Fall - High: 57 °F
Fall - Low: 39 °F
Winter - High: 27 °F
Winter - Low: 10 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.73 in./month
Summer: 4.59 in./month
Fall: 2.60 in./month
Winter: 0.95 in./month
What to Pack
  • Down jacket
  • Flip-flops
  • Heavy winter jacket
  • Light jacket
  • Puffy sweaters
  • Rain boots
  • Shorts
  • Snow boots
  • Umbrella
Did You Know?
Buzz Feed named Minnesota "The Most Hipster State in the United States."

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