Mount Union goes through all four seasons in a typical school year. Classes start in August, and temperatures hover around 80 degrees for the first few weeks, so it's a good idea to bring a fan if your residence hall doesn't have air conditioning. Campus is most beautiful during the fall, when temperatures jump around from the upper 50s to low 70s and the leaves change colors on the trees. Winter is Mount Union's longest and most unpredictable season. It's not unusual to see snow as early as November and as late as April, but temperatures fluctuate so much that sleet and freezing rain are also common. Classes are seldom canceled, though, so be prepared to walk and bring a warm winter coat, gloves or mittens, and maybe a pair of boots. Spring settles in around April and tends to be rainy, with temperatures ranging between the 40s and 60s.
Student opinions on the weather are as unpredictable as the weather itself. Some find the frequent precipitation and cold or hot temperatures absolutely miserable and try to avoid the elements at all costs. Others look for any excuse to get out and play—these are the people you'll find holding an impromptu snowball fight on the way to class or playing a muddy game of kickball in the rain. Just keep in mind that this is Ohio, and if you think the weather's terrible, give it a day or even just a few hours—chances are, it will change.