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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's the Northeast! What do you expect? City girls and guys, you'll understand what "winter wonderland" means once you see Midd covered in snow.

2 College Freshman

Weather: I chose a cold school because I really didn't want a warm school (general sweatiness = gross), and like cold winters. The problem with Middlebury is, winter never really goes away. Even when it warms up, there are sporadic freezing days, which can get depressing - the fact that winter never goes away. The bigger problem is at night though. Drunkenness/cold are not the greatest mix, and jacket-weather while going out = decent chance of walking home from a party in the cold without a jacket. There's also a pretty serious ice problem in the spring. We'll get rain/snow during the day, have it melt, and then refreeze at night, so the paths late at night/the next morning are dangerously icy. Lots of people fall, and a few people get hurt every year from it.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Vermont is cold. If you don't like the cold, don't apply to Middlebury. On the other hand, it is absolutely gorgeous when it snows and everyone who attends Middlebury is on board with the weather. You don't hear a lot of complaining and the weather doesn't affect overall moral or campus spirit.

2 College Junior

Weather: Negative temperatures are a regular occurrence in December and January. Spring doesn't really being until May, by which point there are only two weeks of school left.

3 College Freshman

Weather: One week it was negative 20, the next it was 40 and raining. You aren't coming to the Northeast if you aren't expecting a very cold winter. The nice thing is though, however cold it is, it is definitely sunny a lot of the time.

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You know it's cold when temperatures drop into the low teens, and everyone can’t stop daydreaming about warmer climates. Winter is the season that students are most familiar with at Middlebury. Although the frequent storms that dump several inches of snow at a time can seem intimidating, students quickly adapt to the frigid weather and learn to layer their clothing. A warm winter coat and sturdy rain or snow boots are a must. Middlebury’s maintenance service is usually quick to clear pathways and roads of snow, ensuring easy mobility around campus and hardly any snow days. The winter months are spent enjoying activities such as skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, and drinking hot chocolate.

Fall is crisp and cool, while spring is mostly rainy; however, warm and sunny weather does exist at Middlebury, mostly from May until early October. On such gorgeous days, students can be seen lying outside on the lawns or at nearby Lake Dunmore soaking in some rays. Fortunately, regardless of the weather, Middlebury’s campus provides beautiful scenery. It is especially breathtaking in the fall when the trees are filled with brilliantly colored leaves, but even in the winter, students admire the glistening, snow-covered landscape. In addition, the sunsets in Middlebury are definitely not a sight to be missed.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 55 °F
Spring - Low: 33 °F
Summer - High: 78 °F
Summer - Low: 57 °F
Fall - High: 58 °F
Fall - Low: 38 °F
Winter - High: 30 °F
Winter - Low: 12 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.18 in./month
Summer: 3.59 in./month
Fall: 4.22 in./month
Winter: 2.68 in./month
What to Pack
  • Long underwear
  • Skis/snowboards
  • Snow and/or rain boots
  • Warm socks
  • Winter coat
Did You Know?
Middlebury College's annual Winter Carnival in February is the oldest student-run Winter Carnival in the nation. The Winter Carnival brings students together for three, fun-filled days with activities including a snow sculpture competition, Winter Carnival Ball, and ski races.


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