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5 College Freshman

Weather: Cold winter, hot summer, temperate fall and spring, typical mid-atlantic weather.

4 College Senior

Weather: The weather here is typical of any place in the Mid-Atlantic. We have four seasons and it ranges from being very hot in the summer to pretty cold in the winter. Classes are almost never cancelled on account of snow because all the dorms are close to the academic buildings and most professors live right in the town. In the Spring, Swarthmore is one of my favorite places to be. Besides the ridiculous allergies I get by virtue of living on an arboretum with every type of pollen in existence, the campus is so beautiful and you will often find students reading and sunbathing out on Parrish Beach.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is just like everywhere else in PA. Its cloudy and rains a lot, but not too much.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: I thought that coming from New York I would have no problem with the weather at Swarthmore, but it is REALLY COLD! I still can't get used to it. Now that I live off campus, it will be even more difficult to get to campus. Since the shuttle is so unreliable, I usually have to walk to class. This is a really difficult and agonizing thing to do in the bitter cold, and it will be even worse when the sidewalks start getting icy. Even when it rains I can hardly get to school without getting soaked to my knees since the sidewalks are so uneven and susceptible to flooding.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Gorgeous for Most of the Year – Swat resides on the Scott Arboretum. Consequently, the weather and landscape usually syngergize to make you feel like you're at a summer/day camp. Winters can be tough sometimes, but snowfall has been sporadic in the past, while last year was ridiculous. The year before, there was only one major snow, though.

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Philadelphia weather is pretty fickle. The city gets all four seasons, sometimes in the same week—it’s like eastern Pennsylvania is Mother Nature’s little freak experiment! While in-state students are used to the weather, students from Southern states or the coast have a little more to say about it. It does rain a lot here, so don’t forget your umbrella and raincoat. In winter, it can be bitter cold with temperatures dropping below zero degrees Fahrenheit. It is also not uncommon to see more than a foot of snow on the ground as you trek across campus. Don’t get your hopes up, though, because no matter what, classes are never, ever cancelled. Once, there were some three feet of snow on the ground and almost every college along the East Coast was cancelled—except Swarthmore. On the flipside, summer, early fall, and late spring can be unbearably hot and humid. This is when campus can seem like a country club resort, with the sprawling green fields, cheerful patrons, and grand architecture.

Swarthmore winters can become depressing and bear the brunt of a good portion of student complaints. It has been known to be gray outside for weeks, but don’t fear—spring is never far, and when it arrives, it’s usually mild and sunny. Plan to bring clothes for all types of weather when you come here, even if you plan on going home each break. Once again, you will need all of them, maybe even in the same week.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 63 °F
Spring - Low: 46 °F
Summer - High: 85 °F
Summer - Low: 68 °F
Fall - High: 65 °F
Fall - Low: 51 °F
Winter - High: 42 °F
Winter - Low: 30 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.69 in./month
Summer: 3.51 in./month
Fall: 3.43 in./month
Winter: 2.93 in./month
What to Pack
Everything from summer shorts to winter coats
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