Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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2 College Junior

Weather: The winters are brutal, and living in the great plains doesn't help with the insane wind.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is temperamental and may affect students going to class.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Local weather doesn't affect my experience.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Its the midwest. We get a lot of snow (usually) in the winter and storms in the spring. McKinley health center sponsors an event each year at orchard downs for people who are not sure what midwest winters are like to help them prepare.

2 College Freshman

Weather: If you're from anywhere warm and sunny most of the time, you're going to have a bad time here. I've lived in the midwest my whole life but have still yet to get accustomed to the temperature and weather changes.


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  • 105th
    Coldest Winters
  • 223rd
    Hottest Summers

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Emily Thiersch
Wilmette, Ill.
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The weather in Illinois is a consistent source of conversation and complaints. Not only is it freezing cold in winter and hellishly hot in summer, it is completely unpredictable in between. You may leave the house in a sweatshirt and coat in February, only to find that it is 60 degrees outside. Or maybe you leave the house in April in a tank top, only to be surprised by a sudden snowfall. Basically, if you’re not from the area or are not familiar with Midwest weather, you are definitely in for a few surprises.

The only thing you can do is be prepared. It is definitely suggested that you bring an umbrella and snow gear, because Illinois is also home to a lot of snow and rain. You will experience some of the most bitterly windy and cold days here imaginable, where walking out the door for class is like being slapped in the face. Nothing sucks more than walking to class in three inches of snow and ice, but it is a reality that Illinois students have to face, so be warned. If you are not going to be able to make yourself go to class if it is below 32 degrees, then you might want to rethink coming to school here.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 62 °F
Spring - Low: 40 °F
Summer - High: 84 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 64 °F
Fall - Low: 43 °F
Winter - High: 36 °F
Winter - Low: 20 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.89 in./month
Summer: 4.42 in./month
Fall: 3.16 in./month
Winter: 2.22 in./month


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