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Location
Rochester, NY
Undergrads
5,512
Tuition
$42,890
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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1 College Junior

Weather: Go to any 'worst weather' lists for the US and Rochester will be there.

3 College Junior

Weather: When I t is cold outside walking in and out of campus it not nice, dealing with the cold makes it uncomfortable, takes awhile to get warm

3 College Sophomore

Weather: There are lots of grey/snowy days, but once Spring comes, it's awesome.

3 College Freshman

Weather: You hear a lot about Rochester winters, and how classes are NEVER canceled, and how much it sucks. That's all sort of true, but there are tunnels among many buildings, and usually you won't have to walk more than 3-5 minutes outside. I'm usually warm enough inside, and if you have good enough warm clothes, you should be okay when you do go outside.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: i like the snow. we complain but what do you expect

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  • 49th
    Coldest Winters
  • 449th
    Hottest Summers

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Dave Levy
Hometown
Randolph, NJ
Major
History and International Relations
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In a place where the average temperature for the year is 47 degrees, you can't expect a Bahamas climate when you come to the University of Rochester. The biggest complaint is the cold, but Rochester is indeed located by the Great Lakes, just an hour or two away from our frozen neighbor to the north, Canada. The changeability of the weather can be annoying, with a large amount of variation in the temperature from one day to the next sometimes. There are beautiful days in the summer and fall, but once the winter descends upon Rochester, it seems as though it will never end. A lot of students from upstate New York are used to it, but those unfortunate few from Florida or Texas have quite an adjustment to make.

If you compromise on anything, the weather is it. Students have the tunnels to escape into and people hibernate for a good portion of the winter months, but you get used to the cold. The campus is actually quite pretty under a blanket of snow. Come April, you're pretty tired of the white stuff and the perpetual "Rochester gray" sky, but you learn to deal. There's a saying here: "If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes, it'll change," and that's the truth.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 55 °F
Spring - Low: 35 °F
Summer - High: 79 °F
Summer - Low: 58 °F
Fall - High: 59 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 33 °F
Winter - Low: 19 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.72 in./month
Summer: 3.28 in./month
Fall: 2.96 in./month
Winter: 2.37 in./month

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