Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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3 College Freshman

Weather: People complain about the weather way too much and need to chill out. Some days it's hot and then the next day it's cold. Wear different clothes.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: depends on walk; snow and rain suck

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3 College Freshman

Weather: I grew up in Ohio so I am used to snow and cold weather.

3 College Junior

Weather: Always stated this is the only state that you can go through all four seasons in one day. But have lived in the state of Ohio all my life you can use to it.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: This winter has been colder than most, but walking to class in the winter can be really terrible.


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  • 180th
    Coldest Winters
  • 238th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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Columbus has unpredictable weather, but the winter especially puts a damper on everyone's spirit. There isn't much to do while you're stuck in the worst snowstorms. It can be very difficult to plan things in advance with the unstable climate, especially outdoor things. Weather can change dramatically even during a single day-it's not uncommon for a cool morning rain to give way to a warm, sunny afternoon, or vice versa. The word "inconsistent" is the best way to sum up OSU's climate.

Weather may be one of the major things you'll need to accustom yourself to-especially if you're coming from a warm climate. Don't be surprised if you have to trek to class through the snow on many winter mornings. Remember to buy a warm jacket, and if you really need it, stock up on thermal underwear. Everyone agrees that you must be prepared for anything Mother Nature can throw at you, because around Columbus, she likes to mix things up. Huge temperature changes can happen in a single day, too, so the key word for clothing is "layers." Aside from the initial 4-5 months of winter weather, however, there is nothing but sunshine and rain; the climate can be beautiful, especially if you're staying over the summer. Take plenty of vitamins, though-your immune system will need all the help it can get adapting to the weather changes. Some years back, Ohio State received so much snowfall that classes were actually cancelled for a day for the first time in over 20 years. To hammer home the point of unpredictability-the year before, it only snowed once.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 64 °F
Spring - Low: 41 °F
Summer - High: 84 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 66 °F
Fall - Low: 44 °F
Winter - High: 39 °F
Winter - Low: 23 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.65 in./month
Summer: 4.24 in./month
Fall: 2.92 in./month
Winter: 2.53 in./month


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