Rochester College experiences the traditional four seasons. Summers are generally very warm, but things cool down in the fall. Winters generally are very cold, and the first major snow usually hits sometime in early November. Winter snowstorms usually last well into March. Going into April, the weather starts to warm up slightly, though it is also a rainy season. When people have lived here long enough, they start to notice that the so-called "Michigan effect" often occurs. Anecdotally, this is often attributed to Metro Detroit being situated west of Lake Erie and south of Lake Huron.
Anyone who is thinking of going to Rochester College should make sure to bring the appropriate seasonal clothing. Definitely during the colder months, winter jackets, boots, hats, gloves, and thermal underwear are highly encouraged. The school is diligent about clearing out walking paths when a heavy snow hits.