Jen, a prospective undergrad, wanted me to address the weather in a blog. While this might seem like one of those topics that you discuss with your grandparents when there is nothing else to talk about, it is actually a legitimate concern for plenty of people.
When I applied to school, I would inevitably get bored while not doing my homework senior year and wind up browsing sites like CollegeProwler or PrinctonReview looking at schools that I was hoping to attend. One day, I decided to see where Ithaca and South Bend, my two top choices, fell on the Weather grades. I kept scrolling past the likes of U of Florida, and Pepperdine, and even Saint Louis University (I’ve heard it rains garbage there…) until all the way at the bottom was Cornell and Notre Dame, both given D- grades.
Sure, the weather in Ithaca can suck: we were wearing shorts and sitting on the patio of CTB a week ago and now we have 6 inches of snow on the ground, but really, this isn’t that big of a deal because what it proves is that if you don’t like the weather in Ithaca, stick around for a day or two: it is going to change.
A typical school year for us goes like this: August and September are unbearably hot. (To be fair, if it is 80 out, I think it is unbearable…) The end of September, October, and most of November are awesome. The trees change and the hills look increadible as you walk through campus. December thru February is typically pretty consistently cold, though not usually frigid, and we’ll have snow. Plus, it is so incredibly pretty. March until graduation could see snow again, but it is typically warmer and great to spend time outside. The summer in Ithaca is virtually unparalleled though. Between the sun, the gorges, and the quiet of Collegetown, you are hard pressed to find a better place.
My advice: don’t pick a school based on the weather. I like having the seasons, and one of my good buddies who ended up in California struggles to not skip class and play Frisbee every day. Meanwhile, I find it easy to stay inside on a day like today where it is 38, cloudy, and drizzling. This is good news because I have plenty of work I have been putting off. Even my roommate from California or friend from Singapore have gotten used to the cold of Ithaca. Hope that helps Jen!