The 21 Coldest Colleges In The Country According To College Prowler

01/02/2014 03:09 pm ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

A massive winter storm is about to bear down on half the country, leaving several inches of snow in areas from Chicago to New England. After the snow fall, forecasters are predicting a blast of cold air in the coming days. But for students at some schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin, this sounds like a normal winter weather report.

The website College Prowler named the colleges and universities with the coldest winters, and many of them are located in the upper Midwest.

At the "coldest" school, Minnesota State University - Moorhead, as one reviewer put it, "The winters are brutal, and summers are too short."

The ranking is based on "student reviews of weather on campus, average high and low temperatures during summer and winter, and average summer and winter precipitation amounts," the website explained. If a school is not listed, it's due to a lack of student reviews and weather data available to ensure accuracy in evaluating the colleges, according to the website's parent company, Niche.

Check out the 21 college campuses in the list below rated as the schools with the coldest winters in the country*, or head to College Prowler to see the full results.

Think the list is missing something? Head over to College Prowler and submit your review!

  • 1 1. Minnesota State University - Moorhead
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  • Moorhead, Minn.
  • 2 2. Concordia College (Moorhead)
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  • Moorhead, Minn.
  • 3 3. College of Saint Benedict
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  • Saint Joseph, Minn. CORRECTION: A previous photo used for this college displayed a building on the campus of Saint John's University, a partner school.
  • 4 4. St. Olaf College
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  • Northfield, Minn.
  • 5 5. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • Eau Claire, Wis.
  • 6 6. Carleton College
  • Northfield, Minn.
  • 7 7. University of Northwestern – St. Paul
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  • Saint Paul, Minn. The University of Northwestern – St. Paul was known as Northwestern College until July 1, 2013.
  • 8 8. Macalester College
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  • Saint Paul, Minn.
  • 9 9. University of Minnesota
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  • Minneapolis, Minn.
  • 10 10. Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Mankato, Minn.
  • 11 11. University of Wisconsin - Stout
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  • Menomonie, Wis.
  • 12 12. Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Saint Peter, Minn.
  • 13 13. Concordia University (Mequon)
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  • Mequon, Wis.
  • 14 14. Luther College
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  • Decorah, Iowa
  • 15 15. Lawrence University
  • Appleton, Wis.
  • 16 16. St. Lawrence University
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  • Canton, N.Y.
  • 17 17. University of Vermont
  • Burlington, Vt.
  • 18 18. Ripon College
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  • Ripon, Wis. CORRECTION: A previous photo used here displayed buildings on the Ripon College in the UK, rather than the Wisconsin school.
  • 19 19. Middlebury College
  • Middlebury, Vt.
  • 20 20. Beloit College
  • Beloit, Wis.
  • 21 21. Northern Illinois University
  • DeKalb, Ill.

*Editor's note: College Prowler lists schools in Canada as well, which are not featured in the list displayed here.

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