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Location
Northampton, MA
Undergrads
2,643
Tuition
$41,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Junior

Weather: I come from a sunny place so coming to the east coast was a big "weather shock". I am still not used to this weather. Is always cold and gloomy. The weather really affects my attitude.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Cold, lots of snow. Just want to curl up in bed for a couple months.

4 College Senior

Weather: It's New England weather. you get what you expect.

3 College Freshman

Weather: winter sucks. so pack snowboots and a jacket, the spring and fall are lovely though. It's windy here too, because it's in the valley.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Freezing from November-March. First and last 6 weeks of school are pretty pleasant.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 116th
    Coldest Winters
  • 337th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Hometown
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Major
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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“If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” This old saying absolutely speaks true to the Pioneer Valley, where it can go from bright and sunny to cold and rainy in a few minutes. However, the area is famous for its crisp, cool falls with incredible foliage. While Northampton winters are very snowy and very cold, they can also be strikingly beautiful. They last from November until March, which makes some students a little stir-crazy and can turn a walk to the library, downtown, or even class into an epic expedition.

Even students from nearby states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey complain that it is significantly colder than expected here. But waiting for spring at Smith is absolutely worth it. As soon as the weather hits a balmy 60 degrees and sunny, Smith students can be found on lawns all over the campus working on their summer tans.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 58 °F
Spring - Low: 31 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 57 °F
Fall - High: 61 °F
Fall - Low: 38 °F
Winter - High: 36 °F
Winter - Low: 14 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.84 in./month
Summer: 3.95 in./month
Fall: 3.98 in./month
Winter: 3.41 in./month
What to Pack
  • Birkenstocks
  • Good winter boots
  • Hat
  • Heavy winter coat
  • Scarf
  • A toasty North Face fleece
Did You Know?
Through 2009, Smith had only two snow days in 40 years.

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