What to bring to dress for Missouri weather and MU life

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:26 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 27, 2012
"Snow Brawl" attendees run through the Francis Quadrangle during the snowball fight in this Feb. 3, 2011, file photo. Missouri weather is unpredictable, so bring clothes for all types of weather.

As you might have heard, Missouri weather can be unpredictable. 

It can be 60 degrees one day and snow later that week. Since you will be walking to classes, knowing what to bring to shield yourself against the seasons is important.

Layering is key. It is not just the outside temperature that you have to consider. The buildings around campus tend to be too cold in the summer and too warm in the winter.

You might want a light jacket inside even if it is 80 degrees outside, or you might need to strip off your sweatshirt because the heat is too high.

All year essentials

  • Rain boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Light jackets
  • Medium weight jackets: fleeces are great
  • Tennis shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Shower flip-flops
  • Sunscreen
  • Missouri spirit wear 

Winter essentials

  • Heavy coat
  • Waterproof coat
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Snow boots
  • Pants
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweatshirts and sweaters 

Fall and spring essentials

  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Swim suit for Truman's Pond
  • Jackets and sweaters of all varieties

Here are the average highs and lows according to, but don't count on them because you just never know in the big M-O. 

Fall semester


  • High: 87
  • Low: 65


  • High: 79
  • Low:56


  • High: 67
  • Low: 45


  • High: 54
  • Low: 35 


  • High: 41
  • Low:24 

Spring semester

January: Coolest month

  • High: 38
  • Low: 21


  • High: 44
  • Low: 25


  • High: 55
  • Low: 34


  • High: 66
  • Low: 44

May: Rainiest month

  • High: 75
  • Low: 54

Other things to pack:

Business professional clothing for all seasons. Many classes will require you to dress up to give presentations. We don't suggest taking this lightly. Some professors will include appropriate dress in the final grade for the project. You should make an effort to look your best. Professors aren't trying to be mean, just to prepare you for the real world.

For girls, think about appropriate necklines and skirt lengths, as well as, close-toed shoes and covering your shoulders.

For boys, pack dress pants, ties, button-down shirts, dress shoes and maybe even a suit.

Costumes. Various organizations will have themed parties and events throughout the year. If you want to save some money, pack some of your old costumes just in case you need them. Then, you will not have to go out and buy a new one.

Black and gold. Having a variety of black and gold items is a necessity for MU students. Especially for football season, when the weather is up in the air. You could wear a T-shirt and shorts to one game and a winter coat and gloves to the next. 

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