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1 College Freshman

Weather: it gets depressing from october to mid-may.. so all year

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3 College Junior

Weather: Never had bad weathers at RIT. We get good rains and cloudy days as well as sunny days. I never hear any thunderstorms so far even though I lived on the 9th floor.

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: For the bulk of the school year, the weather is a beast. From October until April RIT's campus is a frozen, windy, horrible place. You have to wear sunglasses in the sleet/hail/snow or else it will blow in your eyes and make you cry. You better bring boots, because you best believe there will be snow everywhere, nearly all of the time. There's a tunnel system you can take to try and avoid this in some places, but it doesn't cover the whole campus which is a shame.

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1 College Freshman

Weather: So much wind. It is pretty much unbearable for 6 months of the year. If you are at all interested in coming here, get ready to stay inside for the majority of your stay.

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1 College Junior

Weather: Bad. You will be inside or wanting to be inside for about nine months out of the year.


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Rochester is located in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York State near Lake Ontario. In typical upstate New York style, the weather is unpredictable. Each season has its own distinct character, but they tend to carry over into one another so much you can rarely tell where fall ends and where winter begins. The fall tends to be mild and cool with some heavy rainstorms. When you arrive at RIT in late August or early September, the weather will probably still be quite warm. As September moves on, the weather gets cool and damp. It can begin snowing at any time once it starts cooling down, so be prepared for it to go from cool to frigidly cold in a hurry. Winters here seem to last forever, especially if you are from the South. The snow usually starts in late October and lasts until mid March. The earliest I've seen it start was October 1st, and the latest I've seen it snow was Mother's day (seriously, in May). These are extreme cases that don't happen that often, but I can't help but think that there are other schools in the U.S. that never have to deal with Mother Nature's wrath. While the area isn't prone to the massive snowstorms Buffalo is famous for, it does still see its share of snowfall over the winter months.

The bigger problem during the winter months is the wind and cold. When temperatures reach negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit, students find themselves better off staying in their rooms if they can. To live in Rochester, a diverse wardrobe is required. In fall and spring, it is easy to get away with a more lightweight jacket or sweater, while the winter months often require students to "layer" or stack their clothing. The key is to be prepared for anything. Don't think that you can wait until Thanksgiving break to pack your winter clothes, because you may need them long before that.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 55 °F
Spring - Low: 35 °F
Summer - High: 79 °F
Summer - Low: 58 °F
Fall - High: 59 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 33 °F
Winter - Low: 19 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.72 in./month
Summer: 3.28 in./month
Fall: 2.96 in./month
Winter: 2.37 in./month


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