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5 College Junior

Weather: This is the sunshine state after all

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's very hot during the beginning and end of the school year, but there's lots of sunshine year round. When it rains, it pours (making some of the tiles life-threatening)

4 College Freshman

Weather: Not my thing, but it ranges from 90 to 70 degrees all year long, mostly sticking around 85.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Sunny Florida! Ridiculously hot in the summer. Be prepared for rain.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Besides being incredibly hot at the beginning and end of every academic year, the climate here is very nice. Oct - Mar are amazing here with temperatures in the 50s-70s for those 6 months. Being on the gulf coast makes living here very enjoyable.


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The breezy mornings, vivid mid-day sunshine, and spectacular evening sunsets contribute to making Sarasota a travel destination of renowned stature. It is not entirely unheard of to wander to the pool in the dead of January to find a dozen students sunbathing. There are so many picturesque areas on campus that are perfectly supplemented by ripe sunshine. The lack of seasonal change can inspire a bit of nostalgia for home amongst the Northern-bred student population, but many have sacrificed the four seasons happily to avoid the bitter winter cold with which they grew up.

While the weather is typically gorgeous, it can often be unpredictable, as the area is sometimes plagued with intense rain and extreme heat. Hurricane warnings are dealt with swiftly and safely by the administration, though the less extreme rains prove to be a minor annoyance for students, as many parts of campus are particularly apt toward collecting deep pools of swamp-like water. This unfortunate circumstance can make the trek to class a very wet and uncomfortable experience. The heat is mostly an issue in the early fall (it seemingly is always a miserably sweaty time during move-in week) and in the late spring. But with sunblock, appropriate clothing, and some healthy mental and physical endurance, Sarasota can be the paradise that it is reputed to be.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 82 °F
Spring - Low: 63 °F
Summer - High: 91 °F
Summer - Low: 74 °F
Fall - High: 84 °F
Fall - Low: 67 °F
Winter - High: 73 °F
Winter - Low: 54 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.88 in./month
Summer: 9.09 in./month
Fall: 4.13 in./month
Winter: 2.66 in./month
What to Pack
  • Bathing suits
  • Bug spray
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Exercise clothes and sneakers
  • A quality jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweaters
  • An umbrella/poncho


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