East Lansing, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$32,580 ($12,622)
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3 College Freshman

Weather: Michigan State University is located in Michigan where the weather is constantly changing, although wind, rain, and snow can put a damper on anyone's day. The weather is typical for Michiganders and shouldn't cause a huge dilemma during day to day life. The campus and all it offers far outweighs trouble sum parking, crowded buses, and long walks.

1 College Junior

Weather: Did you hear about the polar vortex? Snowpocalypse? Yeah… that was us. If bad weather gets you down, don't come. Locals make light of it, but -30 degree windchill isn't just a little cold. It's painful and miserable and there is no such thing as an easy winter at MSU. Also winter lasts pretty much the entire school year. You get one nice month at the start of school, and then by the time you hit spring and finish with finals, you're lucky if the weather breaks 50.

2 College Freshman

Weather: We have a very large campus, and although the side walks and roads are always shoveled, it is still a very long walk to class in bad weather. The university takes care of the weather problems to the best of their ability.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: MSU's campus is very large from one end to the other. If walking from one side of the campus to the other it could take between 25-40 minutes. If the weather is bad there is obviously a lot of walking that has to be done so this can make it quite irritating.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Snow plows could do better.


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  • 41st
    Coldest Winters
  • 399th
    Hottest Summers

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Rachel McElroy
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Michigan residents experience a variety of weather patterns. It is not unusual to begin a week wearing snow boots and end it in shorts and a T-shirt. Summers are hot and can often be humid, while winters bring below-freezing temperatures and plenty of snow. Students should pack everything from shorts to a full set of winter gear. Fall and spring usually bring temperatures somewhere between these two extremes. During these seasons students can be found studying or playing sports outdoors, enjoying the sunshine. Rainy days occasionally put a damper on walking to class, but at least residents don’t have to worry about hurricanes or earthquakes.

Although Michigan weather is not always pleasant, seeing the leaves explode into color during the fall shouldn’t be missed. Despite the winter cold, snow-covered trees and buildings turn campus into a miniature winter wonderland. Students from the Midwest or the East Coast should have a good idea of what to expect from Michigan's weather. Those who are fortunate enough to hail from the sunnier states, however, are in for a treat. Just don’t forget to pack a warm coat, gloves, earmuffs, and one heavy-duty umbrella

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 56 °F
Spring - Low: 35 °F
Summer - High: 80 °F
Summer - Low: 57 °F
Fall - High: 59 °F
Fall - Low: 39 °F
Winter - High: 32 °F
Winter - Low: 16 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.69 in./month
Summer: 3.16 in./month
Fall: 2.81 in./month
Winter: 1.64 in./month
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