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Location
College Park, MD
Undergrads
24,486
Tuition (in-state)
$27,287 ($8,908)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is perfectly fine most of the time. However, when it is downpouring it sucks to have to walk 10 minutes to class because you are almost inevitably going to get soaked. Last semester, my notebooks got destroyed because the water soaked through my backpack.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather always sucks. It's either too hot, too cold, or raining.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Maryland weather is weird. One day it's really nice, and the next day it snows. But you get used to it.

3 College Freshman

Weather: the weather here is unpredictable

3 College Junior

Weather: this winter it has been very cold and with lots of snow. getting around. was no fun.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 135th
    Hottest Summers
  • 296th
    Coldest Winters

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Hometown
Bethesda, MD
Major
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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College Park is a pretty satisfying, happy medium for students who love changing seasons. UMCP experiences moderate winters, including occasional snowstorms, so be prepared. Every year or so, a storm comes and shuts down campus for about a day or two. Students engage in snowball fights and sledding. The area’s autumn temperatures are beautiful and often comfortable, but students should come prepared with a few sweaters. Most rainfall comes during the spring, so umbrellas and jackets are a must. When it comes to the summer, if you don’t like humidity, get out of town, as temperatures can be really hot in June and July. During the summer months, temperatures can rise as high as 100 degrees, and the weather can be very humid. Many students will throw Frisbees on the Mall or play beach volleyball at La Plata Beach. The Eppley Recreation Center (ERC) also has an outdoor swimming pool for students to take a refreshing swim and cool off.

During the cold months, temperatures can dip down to 20 degrees, and students can experience a range of weather from sleet and freezing rain to snow. For students who would rather crawl into their Terrapin shells than face the blistering cold, the ERC offers a warm environment to swim and exercise, while the dining hall provides hot meals and a variety of hot drinks such as hot chocolate and lattes. However, there are many students who scoff at the cold and walk around campus in shorts and T-shirts. While College Park winters are nothing like San Diego winters, they’re nothing like NYC winters, either.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 65 °F
Spring - Low: 44 °F
Summer - High: 87 °F
Summer - Low: 67 °F
Fall - High: 69 °F
Fall - Low: 48 °F
Winter - High: 45 °F
Winter - Low: 28 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.85 in./month
Summer: 4.08 in./month
Fall: 3.87 in./month
Winter: 3.19 in./month
What to Pack
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Jackets
  • Rain boots
  • Sandals
  • Scarves
  • Snow boots
  • Suntan lotion
  • Swimsuits
  • Umbrella
Did You Know?
  • The hills near the Comcast Center provide a great place to sled. Many students take the trays provided in the Diner.
  • Depending on the snowfall, students are known to organize a campus-wide snowball fight on the Mall.
  • The ERC, La Plata Beach on North Campus, and the quad on South Campus have volleyball courts for students.

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