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Colleges with the warmest weather

  • Colleges with the warmest weather

    Everyone knows Harvard and MIT are elite schools, but those with enough talent to get in spend their college years in the Boston metro area, where winters are long, summers are short, snow is deep, and slush puddles are many. The same is true of Syracuse, Cornell, Binghamton, and plenty more.

    On the other side of the collegiate coin, there are many American colleges and universities where sunny skies and warm days and nights rule.

    To find the colleges with the warmest weather, Stacker consulted Niche's list of colleges with the best weather, with data updated as of August 2019. Colleges were ranked by the average high temperature on their campus. Ties are counted upward from #1. The list also provides information about the annual average number of sunny days, the school’s acceptance rate, median earnings over six years, and graduation rates. Also, readers will learn a little bit about each school and their corresponding host cities, and what makes them desirable places to live and study besides just the warm weather. The list is dominated by just a few states, with California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona accounting for the vast majority of schools.

    Some are private colleges, others are public universities. Some are in the heart of the open desert, others are set in subtropical paradise destinations. Some are tiny religious schools, others are enormous institutions with world-famous Division I athletic programs. Some are exclusive and highly selective while others have more forgiving admissions standards. Some of them are situated in the heart of big cities, others are the dominant institution in tiny college towns.

    All, however, have one thing in common: warm weather—and lots of it. Some of the schools on this list get more than 300 days of sunshine per year and have average highs well into the 80s. Some are humid and wet, others dry and hot—but none are cold, at least not often. Keep reading to learn about the colleges and universities where sunny skies are a near-permanent part of campus life.

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  • #46. University of La Verne (tie)

    - Location: La Verne, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.1° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 3,744 (51% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $49,200 (69% graduation rate)

    Both the college and town of La Verne emerged at nearly the exact same time in the late 19th century and have become intertwined and inseparable over the generations. Students there have not only great weather, but also the benefit of living in a safe, fun, and historic small town that's a stone’s throw away from one of the world’s greatest metropolitan centers: Los Angeles.

  • #46. Azusa Pacific University (tie)

    - Location: Azusa, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.1° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 5,003 (69% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $51,100 (63% graduation rate)

    Azusa Pacific University gets its name from its hometown, which is situated at the gateway to Southern California’s San Gabriel Canyon at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Beautiful and diverse natural landscapes—and all the accompanying activities—are the backdrop of university life there. The town itself is bustling and active and students enjoy immediate proximity to Los Angeles.

  • #46. Scripps College (tie)

    - Location: Claremont, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.1° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 1,046 (24% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $54,100 (88% graduation rate)

    Home to seven highly competitive, highly selective private higher-learning institutions known as the Claremont Colleges, Claremont is one of America’s great college towns. The Claremont Colleges, which includes Scripps College, pool and share resources like theaters and concert halls, bookstores, library systems, ethnic and cultural institutions, and a biological field station. This dynamic gives Scripps students access to an enormous menu of academic resources.

  • #46. Pomona College (tie)

    - Location: Claremont, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.1° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 1,559 (8% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $58,100 (94% graduation rate)

    Pomona College, too, is part of the exclusive Claremont Colleges network, and its students, of course, enjoy the same stellar weather and academic support system. Known informally as the “City of Trees and Ph.D.s,” Claremont is a quaint and historic college town known as much for its Spanish architecture and beautiful landscaping as it is for its high concentration of accomplished scholars.

  • #46. Pitzer College (tie)

    - Location: Claremont, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.1° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 1,050 (13% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $48,700 (84% graduation rate)

    Pitzer College also claims membership in the elite Claremont Colleges family of higher education institutions. Not only are all of the seven colleges—five undergraduate and two graduate schools—home to renowned theaters, galleries, and other cultural and entertainment offerings, but Claremont also boasts a fantastic list of restaurants, shops, boutiques, and nightlife.

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  • #46. Harvey Mudd College (tie)

    - Location: Claremont, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.1° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 887 (14% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $88,800 (92% graduation rate)

    Harvey Mudd College, too, is renowned for its membership in the Claremont College club. The town and its people exist in a kind of self-contained bubble—but a whole other world is just a short trip away. Claremont is connected to L.A., just 35 miles away, by a local commuter train.

  • #46. Claremont McKenna College (tie)

    - Location: Claremont, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.1° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 1,321 (9% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $72,900 (93% graduation rate)

    The final undergraduate school in the Claremont Colleges network is Claremont McKenna College. Like the entirety of the town’s population, the students there are centrally located with easy access to the deserts, beaches, and cities that lure visitors and transplants to Southern California from across the world. No matter what those people choose to do on any given day, that day is more likely than not going to be warm and sunny.

  • #46. California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (tie)

    - Location: Pomona, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.1° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 21,824 (55% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $54,000 (71% graduation rate)

    Several buildings in Pomona are noted for their architectural significance, including some on the campus of California State Polytechnic University - Pomona. Located in Los Angeles County, Pomona offers not only the closest thing to perfect weather that exists in the United States, but direct access to the culture, entertainment, cuisine, art, music, and lifestyle long synonymous with L.A.

  • #44. California State University - Fullerton (tie)

    - Location: Fullerton, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.33° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 27,936 (43% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $47,200 (68% graduation rate)

    Like Claremont, Fullerton is an old and famous SoCal college town—it’s located in nearby Orange County. Like neighboring L.A., O.C. is the mecca of Southern California culture known for a blend of urban and beach life. Fullerton itself is a historic town filled with boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and other things to do, as well as natural beauty and resources like parks and an arboretum.

  • #44. Chapman University (tie)

    - Location: Orange, California
    - Average high temperature: 78.33° F
    - Average number of sunny days: 266
    - Undergraduate students: 6,785 (54% acceptance rate)
    - Six year median earnings: $54,500 (79% graduation rate)

    Also in Orange County is Orange, a fairly large and famously safe city where Chapman University is found. Historic Old Towne Orange is an easy walk away and Disneyland and world-class beaches are less than 20 minutes away by car.

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