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3 College Freshman

Weather: Sometimes in the winter it is difficult to go anywhere and do anything because of the amount of snow and ice, but other than that the weather isn't bad

1 College Freshman

Weather: Absolute worst weather I have ever dealt with! The winters there are really brutal. The last year I attended Grand Valley, it snowed 7 months out of the 8 I stayed there.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Depending on the season, weather in Michigan can be pretty unpredictable. The campus is most beautiful in the Spring and Summer time, enhancing the scenery and atmosphere on campus. During the Winter months however, the cold frigid air and snow makes it hard to go to class, but the campus is always plowed and ice is minimal. All in all, the campus year round is one of a kind.

2 College Junior

Weather: The winters in Michigan are bad and unpredictable. The local weather channel could say there is going to be a winter storm and it will be above freezing and sunny out the whole day. Also, there can be so much snow that the plows cannot keep up and even the busses will fishtail when breaking.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Honestly, it depends on how much you like snow. There is a lot of snow around that area and school is rarely closed unless it is too cold. Just be prepared for the snow and everything will be fine.


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While some students who are not used to the wonderful weather changes in Michigan complain, most students at Grand Valley get along just fine. Walking on campus takes 10 minutes from one end to the other, so no matter how cold or rainy it is, you are not outside for long. Also, because buses run so frequently, some students will take the bus from one end of campus to the other—this is not frowned upon!

With the weather varying from one day to another, it is also nice to have multiple plans for your day. If it's raining, instead of going to the nearby beach, head downtown for some indoor shopping or events! In the winter, the snow is beautiful, and after the first spring rain, it is relatively dry on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 57 °F
Spring - Low: 36 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 58 °F
Fall - High: 60 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 34 °F
Winter - Low: 20 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.89 in./month
Summer: 3.63 in./month
Fall: 3.39 in./month
Winter: 2.18 in./month
What to Pack
  • Light spring/fall jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Snow boots
  • Umbrella
  • Winter jacket



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