Ripon follows a typical Wisconsin weather pattern. The area gets quite a bit of sun and rain in the summer and springtime, and bucket loads of snow in the winter. Ripon's autumn weather is nice, with warmer, sunny days and cool nights. It's perfect jeans-and-sweatshirt weather. Because students return at the end of summer and the fall is so mild, students don't really have to worry about overheated residence halls because the very hot days have either already passed or don't last for long. Then, winter hits. You will most likely hear lots of students complain about the snow and ice once February rolls around, but overall, students enjoy the beautiful snow and the chance to play outside. There will be sub-zero temperatures on occasion as well as biting wind, so the best idea is to bring your winter clothes: a warm coat, hat, mittens, scarf, and boots are all necessary during Ripon winters. The College often gets completely dumped on with snow once or twice a winter, but since Ripon is a private school, it doesn't have to follow any codes for when to close school. This means that there aren't any snow days at Ripon College.
After the snow comes the sunshine and spring! Ripon is beautiful in the springtime! There are lots of flowers on campus and an abundance of grass and trees, so there is much green to be seen. There is also quite a bit of rain. Rain boots and an umbrella are suggested. Since Ripon is on a hill, the rain all runs downward, and little streams will be created in the divets on the edges of the sidewalk. Likewise, there are big puddles to be found when walking down to Rodman or Storzer. Beware!