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Weather: The winters are harsh. Bring a couple of warm coats and long-johns. Because of out proximity to Lake Cayuga, the moisture for the lake and the cold mountainous air make it snow all the time. It okay because most of the academic buildings are conceited but you'll have to get there from your dorm which is not bad if you live in the quads but if you live in the terraces, you're in for a world of cold

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Weather: Always plan according to the weather.

3 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from New England so I'm used to the snow.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Ithaca is very grey and snow-y a lot of the time and can depress you easily but that's what it's know for as well so you have to be ready for it.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's cold a lot but when its warm its perfect


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During the cold spell from November to about March, many students at Ithaca College become frustrated with extreme coldness and lack of sunshine. It is a drastic change from the sunny 80-degree weather they first encountered in August when they moved in. The beginning and end of the semesters are some of the happiest for IC students who love to lay out in the grass fields or play a game of Frisbee in the Academic Quad. When the warm months roll around, the beautiful fountains are turned on, and you can find many students eating lunch or relaxing by them. When the summer heat is pervasive, you will also find students flocking to the gorgeous gorges around the area. 

If you aren't from Upstate New York, the weather might be a complete shocker. The temperature frequently gets below zero in the dead of winter, and with the wind, can account for a deadly concoction of agony. Additionally, if it isn't snowing out, then it might be raining consistently for a good two weeks straight. Some necessities on campus are rain boots and a very warm winter coat followed by gloves and a hat. Fortunately, with all of the stairs and hills at IC, some students warm up while walking to the dining halls or class, and then the weather doesn't seem so bad. It's safe to say that at IC, you should really take advantage of the weather right when you arrive and also at the end of the semester because—if not—the snow and rain might seriously get you down during winter.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 55 °F
Spring - Low: 34 °F
Summer - High: 78 °F
Summer - Low: 56 °F
Fall - High: 59 °F
Fall - Low: 40 °F
Winter - High: 34 °F
Winter - Low: 18 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.04 in./month
Summer: 3.82 in./month
Fall: 3.42 in./month
Winter: 2.18 in./month
What to Pack
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Rain boots
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Winter coat


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