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The 5th Snowiest Campus in the Country: UMD!

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The 5th Snowiest Campus in the Country: UMD!

It shouldn’t be all that surprising, should it? On the heels of the ‘Coldest Colleges in the U.S.’ list (on which UMD could not be found) comes this ranking — using Accuweather data — which places UMD in 5th place among colleges nation-wide that receives the most snow.

What’s the campus’ average grand total (as of January 22nd?) Almost 86 inches of snow each year.

Syracuse University was named the snowiest college in the country, according to a new list by AccuWeather. However, the weather news organization later changed the list, making Michigan Technological University the new No. 1. The school, located in Houghton, Mich., gets roughly 200 inches of snowfall annually.

Syracuse University sees an average of 124 inches of snow per year, thanks largely to Central New York’s lake effect phenomenon. The updated AccuWeather list placed SU at No. 2 — and added SUNY Oswego as “tied” with SU.

Three other upstate New York schools made the top 10 as well: Cornell University ranked 9th with 65 inches of annual snowfall; University at Buffalo came in 4th with 94 inches of snow; and the University of Rochester finished 3rd, averaging 99 inches of snow. Rounding out the top 5 snowiest campuses in the country was none other than our very own University of Minnesota Duluth, located in Duluth, Minn.

Rankings were compiled for a top 10 list based on each school’s annual average snowfall.

Syracuse is frequently recognized as the snowiest city, and last year was named by The Atlantic as one of eight cities with “America’s crummiest winters.”

Top 10 Snowiest Colleges in U.S.

10. University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fairbanks, Alaska)
– Commonly known as UAF, this university in the nation’s largest state gets approximately 62 inches of snow throughout the year.


9. Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.)
– The second of the Ivys on the list, Cornell comes in as the eighth snowiest college in the U.S., with snowfall amounts nearing 65 inches every year.


8. Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
– 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 (Hooksett, N.H.)
– 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 (Burlington, Vt.)
– Located in the largest city in the state, Burlington, the university receives 81 inches of snow annually.


5. University of Minnesota Duluth (Duluth, Minn.)

– 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.


4. University at Buffalo (Buffalo, N.Y.)
– Also known as SUNY Buffalo, the University of Buffalo receives around 94 inches of snow a year.


3. University of Rochester (Rochester, N.Y.)
– Located in upstate New York near Lake Ontario in Rochester, the University of Rochester averages 99 inches of snow each year.


2. Syracuse University / SUNY Oswego (Syracuse, N.Y.)
– Topping the charts as the snowiest school in the U.S., Syracuse University located in Syracuse, N.Y., receives an average of approximately 124 inches of snow per year.


1. Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Mich.)
– The school, located in Houghton, Mich., gets roughly 200 inches of snowfall annually.

Snow-covered Red Cedar River.

(Content provided’s “The 10 Snowiest Colleges in the US“)