If you plan to come to Dartmouth, you might as well start shopping for a heavy winter coat and reliable pair of snow boots immediately. The layered look is unvaryingly “in” at Dartmouth from winter to winter. With snow blanketing the ground from Thanksgiving through spring break, it’s easy to forget how the Green got its name. Mud season follows closely on the heels of the melting snow but soon yields to a gorgeous, vibrant spring. During autumn, the trees change early and dramatically—the region is well known for its spectacular fall foliage. Summer weather is lazy and peaceful.
The area around Dartmouth is breathtakingly scenic in all seasons. Some students manage their D-Plans to avoid being caught on campus during the winter in order to avoid complications stemming from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which sometimes affects people who are not accustomed to the limited daylight hours of extreme latitudes.