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5 Coldest Colleges in the Country

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s include festive holiday celebrations and exciting get-togethers with family and friends, but it’s also the time of year when snow and ice starts to makes a tropical island getaway sound much more fun than prepping for final exams.

Based on average winter temperatures, entertainment and news website The Daily Beast has compiled a list of America’s Coldest Cities. Thanks to their freezing figures and snowy statistics I’ve created the 5 Coldest Colleges in the country.

# 1 University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska

Located just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the flagship campus of the University of Alaska system is home to seven major research units, including the International Arctic Research Center, the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, the Institute of Arctic Biology and the Institute of Northern Engineering. Brrrrr!

Fairbanks, AK average winter temperature in 2009: -.6 degrees

# 2 University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota

The University of North Dakota was established by the Dakota Territorial Assembly in 1883, six years before the establishment of the state of North Dakota! By the way, the Fighting Sioux men’s ice hockey team has won seven national championships.

Grand Forks, ND average winter temperature in 2009: 14.8 degrees

# 3 Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota

The fourth largest college in the North Dakota University system, Bismarck State College offers over twenty bachelor’s degree programs and several graduate programs in conjunction with other university system institutions.

Bismarck, ND average winter temperature in 2009: 16.7 degrees

# 4 North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota

The largest university in North Dakota, North Dakota State University offers 108 bachelors, 75 minors, 63 masters, 44 doctoral, and 10 graduate certificate programs.

Fargo, North Dakota average winter temperature in 2009: 16.8 degrees

# 5 Mount Marty College in Watertown, South Dakota

Mount Marty College is a private, Catholic, Benedictine co-ed liberal arts college. The school’s main Yankton, South Dakota campus is home to 1100 students of all faiths, and their Watertown campus is located in the 5th coldest city in the country.

Watertown, South Dakota average winter temperature in 2009: 16.9 degrees

For more information about these cold colleges or any other schools, visit our U.S. University Directory.


Melissa Rhone+

Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.