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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The snow and cold make it near impossible to move around campus and the icy hail make it miserable to commute. The cold make waiting for the bus dreadful and sometimes I have skipped class just to stay warm.

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1 College Junior

Weather: My campus is located in Minnesota. During the winter, it snows a lot. Snow storm affects my commute to campus on a daily basis. This winter, there was snow on the ground for good 6 months. Buses were late by 20-30 minutes at least.

I had to walk outside for at least 30-40 minutes on a daily basis.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: WAY TOO COLD IN THE WINTER, AMAZING THE OTHER THREE SEASONS. Too bad winter lasts for so long.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: If you don't like winter, then going to school here is difficult because it is cold from October to April. But, when it is warm, it is great!

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The winters are cold and long, but the summers are perfect. There are a ton of festivals and free/cheap activities to do.

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Minnesota is notorious for crazy winter weather—from cute little flurries to blizzards that could freeze even a snowman. With a foot of snow on the ground, students are expected to attend classes and carry on with their normal lives. It is nothing unusual for Minnesota. It all sounds unbearable, but somehow it is manageable. The bus services (Campus Connectors) still run their normal times, and there are undergound tunnels and skywalks known as "Gopher Ways," which intertwine through campus and provide shelter from the weather. The biggest winter hit is the increase in bills due to heating. Most apartments and houses use gas heat, prices of which have risen in recent years. Dorms, however, already have heating provisions. The best way to be prepared is by layering clothes. Heavy coats and boots are a must. But once in class, students can shed a few layers of clothes to stay comfortable. Remember, it is easier to cool down than to warm up, so stay bundled up when outside to minimize the exposure to the brutal conditions. Also, Minnesota weather changes quickly. Layering allows a student to find the comfortable body temperature without risking frostbite when outside.

Fall and spring provide the most comfortable temperatures. Most, but not all, dorm rooms have AC, so bringing along a fan is a good idea. But these two seasons do not last too long. It is perfectly normal for it to be snowing on Halloween and during spring break. But students learn to take advantage of even slightly warmer days. For a Minnesotan, 50 F is an appropriate temperature to wear shorts and a T-shirt. Overall, Minnesota weather is not for everyone. Many students get sick, develop allergies or pain, and feel depressed due to the weather. When packing for college, remember to always be prepared for the worst. Because the weather is so unpredictable, it is better to have too much than not enough.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 56 °F
Spring - Low: 37 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 57 °F
Fall - Low: 39 °F
Winter - High: 27 °F
Winter - Low: 11 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 2.64 in./month
Summer: 4.20 in./month
Fall: 2.43 in./month
Winter: 0.95 in./month
What to Pack
  • Baseball hats/fedoras
  • Cardigans
  • Dress shirts for guys (interviews, events, dates)
  • Dresses-casual and formal (interviews, events, dates)
  • A few pairs of durable jeans
  • Flip-flops/sandals (fall and spring)
  • Heavy winter coats/jackets with hoods
  • Leggings/tights
  • Long johns
  • Lots of U of M gear!
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Rain boots
  • Running shoes
  • Scarves
  • Shorts (fall and spring)
  • Snow boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sweatpants-comfortable and easy to layer
  • Sweatshirts/jackets
  • Tank tops-great for layering
  • That pretty black dress
  • Thick socks
  • T-shirts (long and short sleeves)
  • Weatherproof raincoat
  • Winter hats
Did You Know?
University of Minnesota had a half snow day in February 2011, after more than a foot of snow fell. All classes before noon were canceled. This was the University's first snow day since 2007. There have only been two weather-related class cancelations in the past 20 years.



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