Madison, WI
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's beautiful in the fall and spring, but this winter was very rough.

4 College Senior

Weather: During the summer and fall, Madison can't be beat. There are so many places outside to hang out and many events. When it's snowy and rainy everyone tends to hibernate.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Winters can be brutal. Expect everyone to be wearing shorts and t-shirts when it hits 50 degrees.

2 College Junior

Weather: It is not fun going to class when snow covers the ground and eventually turns to slush. Also it is not easy going from class to class in boots and a heavy winter coat when it is freezing outside.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: WINTER IN MADISON SUCKS. Walking to class when it's snowy and Icy is awful and classes rarely get cancelled due to weather. It is the only negative thing about this school.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Coldest Winters
  • 332nd
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marie Puissant
Green Bay, Wis.
Marketing and English
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Weather is always going to be unpredictable, and weather in Madison is no exception. Students refer to UW's climate as mild fall and spring mixed with intense summer and winter. While this variation in temperatures can be annoying at times, students try to take it in stride. Students advise new students or visiting ones to come prepared for the temperamental weather.

Since Madison is located in the Midwest, the weather tends to change very quickly and dramatically. Summers can reach temperatures nearing 100 degrees, and winters can chill into the negative numbers. Walking to and from campus puts students outside, exposed for long amounts of time. In the winter gloves, hats, scarves, and boots are essential for trudging through snowy walkways. Summertime calls for less apparel but lots of sunscreen. Those attending UW should pack for every weather condition.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 58 °F
Spring - Low: 33 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 56 °F
Fall - High: 61 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 31 °F
Winter - Low: 9 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.36 in./month
Summer: 4.35 in./month
Fall: 3.01 in./month
Winter: 1.46 in./month
Did You Know?
  • In the 2007-2008 school year, Madison averaged about 100 inches of snow for winter. Then, to the students' great surprise, 2008-2009 brought well over 100 inches of snow!
  • In Spring 2009, students tried to set a record snowball fight for the Guiness Book of World Records. Students dressed in red from the Lakeshore dorms and students in black from the Southeast dorms met on Bascom Hill and battled for about an hour. Unfortunately, despite the hundreds of students who came, there were not enough to break the record held by MI Tech in 2006.


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