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The 10 Snowiest Colleges in the US

By By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
January 27, 2014, 6:55:39 AM EST

While many are used to the cold that comes with the winter season, not all regions are ready to handle the snow. However, to some students, faculty and staff, snow is a normal part of life on campus.

Below are the top 10 snowiest colleges in the United States, ranked by the school's annual average snowfall.

10. University of Alaska Fairbanks

Commonly known as UAF, this university in the nation's largest state gets approximately 62 inches of snow throughout the year.


9. Cornell University

The only Ivy on the list, Cornell comes in as the ninth snowiest college in the U.S., with snowfall amounts nearing 65 inches every year.

8. Western Michigan University

The home of the Western Michigan Broncos in Kalamazoo, Mich., students here can expect close to 67 inches of snow during the year.

7. Southern New Hampshire University

Close to the Merrimack River, each year approximately 69 inches of snow is dumped onto this college campus in Hooksett, N.H.

6. University of Vermont

Located in the largest city in the state, Burlington, the university receives 81 inches of snow annually.


5. University of Minnesota Duluth

A branch campus of the University of Minnesota system, this college campus can expect almost 86 inches of snow over the course of the year.

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4. University at BuffaloAlso known as SUNY Buffalo, the University of Buffalo receives around 94 inches of snow a year.

3. University of Rochester

Located in upstate New York near Lake Ontario in Rochester, the University of Rochester averages 99 inches of snow each year.

2. Syracuse University

Known for the cold, Syracuse University located in Syracuse, N.Y., comes in as number two on the list, as the university receives an average of approximately 124 inches of snow per year.

SUNY Oswego, also accompanies Syracuse University for the number two spot, sitting just north of Syracuse, the university receives similar snow totals each year.


1. Michigan Technological University

Topping the charts as the snowiest university in the U.S., located in Houghton, Mich., along Portage Lake, Michigan Technological University receives almost 200 inches of snow every year. However, there have been many years in which the school has exceeded this; in the winter of 2000-2001, the university received nearly 303 inches of snow.


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