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Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is Seattle so it is mostly over cast and gray skies for most of the school year, but when it is sunny and warm Seattle becomes one of the most beautiful places in the entire United States. They don't just call it the Emerald city for nothing because even though it rains most of the time, when the sun shines everything is green and vibrant and everyone is a lot happier! Sometimes the weather can get to you, however it usually doesn't get freezing cold and we rarely get snow, but the lack of Vitamin D can really affect how you look at things and life. But when spring hits Seattle is one fun place to be with the cherry blossoms and sunshine it is absolutely beautiful.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Seattle folks it's goint to rain at time so just keep that rain coat handy ... and a good hat

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I attend the University of Washington which is an outdoor campus in Seattle, Washington, where it rains about 75% of the time. the weather affects the my experience in ways that one cannot imagine. For example, it rains so hard that you can be soaking wet just by walking to your next class just a couple buildings away. However, I love the variety of seasons that we have in Seattle. Even though it is not pleasant most of the year, it makes the sun that much more enjoyable when it does come out.

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4 College Student

Weather: I love cold weather and light rain so Seattle is perfect!

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2 College Senior

Weather: Rain is the biggest downer of this area. The only pleasant months are May-September on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 331st
    Coldest Winters
  • 494th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
English/Women's Studies
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Seattle has a very mellow marine climate, and Seattlites have a relatively limited view of seasons. There's plenty of rainfall, and it comes in long, dull drizzles, rarely in concentrated downpours. But the surroundings definitely benefit from the rain, with plenty of lush, year-round greenery. Snowfall is such an event here that it becomes first priority on all the local news channels. Local high schools close for as little as a couple inches. But many say Seattle summers come pretty close to perfection, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures around the 70s and 80s.

Some in-state students enjoy the constant drizzle, and there are many who don't tolerate it well. But if you're from a sunnier, more southern state like California, beware of the potential winter blues. Plenty of students from locales with less rain absolutely detest the rainfall that Seattle sees day after day for much of the fall and winter, and some out-of-staters accustomed to more extreme seasons feel that Seattle can get very dreary during the middle of the year. So it depends on your temperament, but one piece of advice is to stay in Seattle during the summer. It definitely makes up for the rest of the year.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 60 °F
Spring - Low: 43 °F
Summer - High: 73 °F
Summer - Low: 55 °F
Fall - High: 61 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 48 °F
Winter - Low: 36 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.90 in./month
Summer: 1.21 in./month
Fall: 3.51 in./month
Winter: 5.13 in./month
Did You Know?
Seattle gets an average of 38 inches of rain per year and about 200 days that are designated as cloudy annually.

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