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3 College Junior

Weather: Sometimes the weather is bad in the city but everything is so close it doesn't really matter.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: This year has been terrible, but that's true of the whole country. Generally weather is not too bad, bring rainboots because it gets slippery when it rains. There are parks all over that are super nice in spring, and when it's warm campus really comes to life.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: I lived in North Carolina for most of my life, so my first New York winter has been a rather arduous one. It's been nice to see some snow, and less nice to find that classes rarely, if ever, get canceled, because Columbia's campus is so small.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Most dorms are not air-conditioned are are very hot the first few weeks of the fall semester

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: New York City's weather can sometimes be unpredictable. However, Barnard has tunnels that help students stay inside as much as possible during the winter.

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The good thing about weather in New York is that there are four, distinct seasons. In the winter it is very cold—sweaters, long coats, hats, gloves, and scarves are a must during this time. Winter also seems to go on forever, so be prepared for those long, dreary months and dreading going to class because it's so cold outside. There is a rumor that Columbia did an experiment that proved the intersection of Broadway and 116th Street was the windiest intersection in all of New York City. Spring and fall are the nicest times with the most moderate temperatures, although people from the South and California may still find these seasons a little bit chilly. Summer tends to strike without warning during reading week or finals, which makes sitting inside studying or taking tests next to impossible. Summers in New York are very hot and muggy, though, so make sure warm clothes are not the only thing that you bring. You should also bring a fan, since most buildings don't have air conditioning.

New York tends to have decent weather and normally doesn't have temperatures that are too extreme, but the weather is so unpredictable that it is hard to enjoy. You have to change clothes sometimes several times a day to keep up with the changing weather. Also, there are more than a fair share of dreary, gray days, which make for a very "big city" type of atmosphere, but it can get old quickly.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 60 °F
Spring - Low: 39 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 60 °F
Fall - High: 64 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 39 °F
Winter - Low: 21 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.49 in./month
Summer: 4.39 in./month
Fall: 4.46 in./month
Winter: 3.46 in./month
What to Pack
  • Heavy coat
  • Rain boots
  • Scarves and gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Warm tights, so that you can continue to wear skirts and dresses during winter!
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