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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's chilly in the winter, hot in the summer, typical East Coast weather.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Much warmer than new england and longer summer but it gets cold quick

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3 College Freshman

Weather: During the first 2-3 months it is the most beautiful campus. Amazing to be outside and very pretty but it gets cold fast and the wind is brutal. Luckily you can walk across campus end to end in about 7 minutes so you never have that far to be outside

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3 College Junior

Weather: Not bad but can't control it. Better than being at UChicago I'm sure.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Nice but variations in the weather during a single week.


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For students coming from the South or the West Coast, the weather on campus can be surprisingly cold. Fall semester starts off with pleasant weather: sunshine and blue skies, cool breezes, and changing foliage. However, the campus does get hit by frequent rain spells. The weather can be especially rainy, making the campus somewhat difficult to navigate. Coupled with the frequent renovation work, rainy weather can become a hindrance.

The winter months are probably the most brutal. The campus is usually covered in snow, although the walkways are cleared at regular intervals. There have been some half-days in the last few years, although classes don’t typically get canceled due to bad weather. The quad, the busiest thoroughfare of the campus, gets completely covered in snow from November to January; during these months, students have to find other ways to get to where they need to go. The few months of spring are probably the longest stretch of good weather that most students experience on campus before they leave for the summer. Days are sunny and cool, and the roads are not covered in snow or mud. Spring is also prime fashion season for Lafayette’s fashion-savvy students. For students who stay on campus over the summer, either performing research or at on-campus jobs, summer can be a challenge. Most dorms lack central air conditioning, and the campus does have a spell of 90 F days.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 61 °F
Spring - Low: 37 °F
Summer - High: 83 °F
Summer - Low: 60 °F
Fall - High: 65 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 40 °F
Winter - Low: 21 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.89 in./month
Summer: 4.35 in./month
Fall: 4.15 in./month
Winter: 3.15 in./month
What to Pack
  • Rain boots
  • Raincoats
  • Umbrellas


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