Middletown, CT
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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's northeast weather. It's cold in the winter, hot in the summer. I'm used to it. The foliage in the fall and snow in the winter is beautiful, though.

3 College Senior

Weather: In the summer, it rarely gets hot. Sometimes it's hot for the first couple days of class, but otherwise it's tepid at best. When fall arrives, it's pretty outside, but dust blows up across campus and dust gets stuck in your eyes. When winter arrives, it's slushy and wet all the time. There's a good chilly wind most of the time. When spring rolls around again, it stays wet and chilly for months.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I'm from California, and yeah, the weather is definitely not as nice. However, it isn't the nightmare that I imagined it would be. Just wear layers of clothes and you'll be fine. Heating inside dorms is great too, so no complaints about that.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's usually not that cold, very bearable. Spring and Fall are beautiful, school looks great with snow on the ground too.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Connecticut weather is a fickle mistress. One week you'll be enjoying beautiful early fall, light-jacket weather; the next, frigid, flash floods that render the path down Foss Hill or any fields extremely unpleasant (I highly recommend bringing boots). Winters can easily reach temperatures below 32°F one day and jump to 51°F on the next. The negatives of Wesleyan weather are easily negated by how well the weather supplements the campus' beauty, I personally find Wesleyan the most beautiful in the winter, taking a moment to view the campus in rain is also quite serene. When the weather's nice and sunny, Foss Hill sprouts a wide variety of students - you have the football/frisbee thrower, the smokers, the readers, the musicians, and the ray-catching bums. Often enough, these categories overlap; you'll find some of the best aspects of Wesleyan during these moments.

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  • 169th
    Coldest Winters
  • 336th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anya Morgan
Los Angeles
English and French
Grad Year
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Wesleyan has gorgeous weather for about four months out of the year. In between, there is snow, but let's talk about the pretty months first! Fall is absolutely stunning, especially if you're coming from a place with no seasons (well, no "visible" seasons). When the leaves change, it's like a crazy explosion of reds, yellows, and oranges. Spring is great because you've just been super cold for a really long time and then everything gradually melts away, and it's warm enough to wear shorts again. The first time the sun comes out and it gets up to 50 F, you'll see students sunbathing all around campus.

Winter is cold, but not unbearable. Even when there's a freak snowstorm that covers the campus in multiple feet of snow, everyone knows how to have fun with it (e.g., making a colony of igloos and snow forts). You'll get the kind of winter you would expect from any school in the Northeast, basically—but to all you Californian kids, it's really not that bad.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 59 °F
Spring - Low: 39 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 63 °F
Fall - Low: 44 °F
Winter - High: 39 °F
Winter - Low: 21 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.78 in./month
Summer: 3.88 in./month
Fall: 3.82 in./month
Winter: 3.08 in./month
What to Pack
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Flip-flops
  • Hipster boots
  • Snow boots


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