Rochester, NY
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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

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Snow snow snow....cold cold cold....But Fall and Spring are GORGEOUS on campus!

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2 College Freshman

Weather: IT GETS REALLY COLD. Rochester is the snowiest city in America, right above Buffalo, NY. So be prepared! I came from a tiny island in the Pacific where we didn't have winter, so winter here can be brutal for some international students. I understand why people get SADD because it does get gloomy. It's weird getting used to the sun setting at 5 pm, however, if you are from the Midwest or Northeast, the adjustment shouldn't be that hard.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: I love the weather. It snows a ton and it's cold a lot of the time which is freaking awesome. I saw a penguin once.

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  • 49th
    Coldest Winters
  • 449th
    Hottest Summers

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Dave Levy
Randolph, NJ
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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