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Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
3,108
Tuition
$32,067
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I personally love the rain, it just sucks when its 40 degrees and raining. It is really nice in the spring when the sun comes out. Just cold and damp in the winter.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: I love it, i've lived in seattle my whole life so im used to it.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: It is extremely rainy and overcast in Seattle and this affects the dispositions of the students on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: Its Washington, deal with it. Snow shuts down Seattle,so bus routes can be limited.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: There are a lot of hills on my campus so if there is any ice or snow it is almost impossible to go anywhere.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 320th
    Coldest Winters
  • 493rd
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kylie Kenyon
Hometown
Paso Robles, Calif.
Major
Sociology
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A local hip-hop group called Blue Scholars spits these lyrics: "Lookin' out the window to the gold and the gray/And the sun might be shinin' but it's colder than it seems/'Cuz the weather's dialectical: there's no in-between." This is right on target; weather can be deceiving. When the sun comes out between the months of November and March, look out. That just means there's no cloud cover to insulate the city from fiercer chills. But take heart; there are several passes within an hour or two that make Seattle the ideal location for lovers of snow sports. Winter requires some adaptation for many students who aren't accustomed to Northwestern seasons, mostly because nighttime devours the city at 4 p.m. It rains and occasionally snows until April or May. Rain in Seattle isn't like rain in other areas of the country; it is a constant, misty drizzle rather than a full-blown deluge.

But while the cold and the clouds can make a person hibernate like a bear for half the year, Seattle sunshine is superior to any you'll find in Florida or California because not only does absence make the heart grow fonder, but also the wet months make the landscape greener. On the first day of real sunshine (the kind that has heat), all of Seattle is out showing off their dogs and their pasty white legs. The second day, they're all inside nursing sunburns. Autumn and spring in Seattle are breathtaking. The grey skies make the turning of the leaves and the blossoming of the trees even more dramatic. Invest in a water-resistant jacket, boots for puddle jumping, a snowboard, and a camera.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 60 °F
Spring - Low: 43 °F
Summer - High: 73 °F
Summer - Low: 55 °F
Fall - High: 61 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 48 °F
Winter - Low: 36 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.90 in./month
Summer: 1.21 in./month
Fall: 3.50 in./month
Winter: 5.13 in./month
What to Pack
  • Camera
  • Rain boots
  • Snowboard
  • Umbrella
  • Water-resistant jacket

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