University of Rochester Named 3rd Snowiest College in America

Do you think it snows a ton here? Well the good news is you’re not alone! just released their rankings for the snowiest colleges in the United States, and University of Rochester finished third, behind Syracuse University and Michigan Technological University. According to Accuweather’s statistics, UR averages about 99 inches of snow per year, about 5 inches more than the University of Buffalo. Syracuse University averages about 124 inches a year, and Michigan Tech holds the lead with an astonishing 199 inches per year. You can see the rest of the Top 10 at

According to National Weather Service statistics, the snowiest seasons on record for Rochester were 161.7 inches in 1887 and 160.4 inches in 1964. The snowiest season in Syracuse, by comparison, was 207.4 inches in 1993. At Michigan Technological University? 355.9 inches in 1978!  So while you brave the cold and snow around campus this week, just remember that there are two colleges crazier than us!

That’s not to say that we don’t love the snow!