Are you equipped to weather the cold next semester? Did you remember to pack a down jacket, thick comforter, and winter gloves when you return from break? You’d better if you’re a student at one of these colleges. Here we present the ten coldest college campuses in the US!
1. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
The Fairbanks campus boasts a shivering average monthly minimum temperature of -16.9˚F!
2. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Next to Fairbanks, UND’s minimum temp of -3.1˚F seems positively balmy.
3. North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
We’re finally on the right side of zero with NDSU’s monthly minimum temperature reaching 0.1˚F.
4. Williston State College, Williston, ND
A pattern is starting to develop with Williston State being the third North Dakota school in a row.
5. Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN
At Lake Superior, students will need to dig out regularly with an average annual snowfall of 81 inches!
6. Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD
At NSU, the average annual snowfall isn’t quite so high at 38 inches, but snow boots are still a critical piece of your wardrobe.
7. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
At St. Cloud, the average monthly temperatures swing from a max 58˚F to a minimum of 2˚F.
8. Bismark State College, Bismarck, ND
Bismark is the warmest campus from North Dakota to make this list, with a minimum temp of 2.2˚F, but that’s all relative of course.
9. Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Not to be outdone, this Michigan campus receives a staggering 149 inches of snow.
10. University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD
The most populous city on this list, Sioux Falls gets down to 6.9˚F with snowfalls of 42 inches.
This list was compiled using data from by 24/7 Wall St. The photo at top is a snowy polar bear ice sculpture on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, taken by Arctic Council Secretariat / Linnea Nordström.