The Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges in US

You grow up with, care for, and love your pet all through your life, but then you have to leave him/her behind to go to college? It seems so wrong! The good thing is that some schools are more welcoming of animal life than others. In the last couple of years, many colleges have become much more pet friendly.

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With that in mind, US News and World Report debuted their list of the top ten most pet friendly schools. Check out our slide show of their list below. Then, tell us, is your school pet friendly? Let us know in the comments section.

Many colleges and universities have created housing policies that let students live with certain pets, though it’s important to consult your school’s policies before packing your pooch, as these regulations differ by campus. These 10 colleges and universities, listed in alphabetical order, are among those with pet-friendly policies on campus:

1. Case Western Reserve University: The Cleveland-based university approves of small, caged animals, such as bunnies or hamsters. Students in Greek life can even apply for a house “mascot,” such as a cat or dog, to live in fraternity and sorority homes.

2. Eckerd College: Students at this Florida school are permitted to have cats and dogs under 40 pounds, as well as fish and snakes, in three student complexes. Dogs are a frequent sight on campus and have even been spotted at graduation ceremonies, notes Sullivan, dean of admission and financial aid at Eckerd. “A couple of years ago, we had one young lady whose dog actually walked across stage with her at commencement.”

3. Lehigh University: Although students are only permitted to have 10-gallon fish tanks in the residence halls on this Pennsylvania campus, students that live in a fraternity or sorority home are allowed to have one dog or cat per house.

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: There are four cat-friendly dormitories on campus for students who can’t leave home without their favorite feline. Students are limited to one cat in the residence halls and must contain them to cat-friendly areas.

5. Principia College: The Illinois institution allows pets that can be kept in cages or aquariums, such as fish, birds, snakes, lizards, and more.

6. Stephens College: Searcy Hall—or Pet Central, as students call it—on this Missouri campus allows for a variety of pets, ranging from dogs and cats to lizards and birds. In this complex, there is not a weight limit for animals, and there is even Doggie Daycare—for times when students aren’t around to care for their pets.

7. Stetson University: This Florida campus reserves one complex—Nemec Hall—for students with pets. The residence hall is open to dogs weighing less than 30 pounds, cats, hamsters, gerbils, and more. There is also a dog park on campus that allows dogs—and students—to socialize and interact with one another.

8. Sweet Briar College: While some schools allow cats and dogs, this Virginia college permits students to bring their horses from home. “You have to be part of [the Sweet Briar Riding Program] to bring your horse, but if you [are], your personal horse can be boarded right there with you,” says’s Toth.

9. University of Notre Dame: While the Indiana school does not allow dogs or cats in the residence halls, it grants permission for students to house non-carnivorous, freshwater fish in aquariums, as long as the tank does not exceed 30 gallons.

10. Washington and Jefferson College: Monroe Hall, or the “Pet House,” as it is known on this Pennsylvania campus, permits cats, dogs that weigh less than 40 pounds, small birds, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, turtles, and fish. The college allows only one pet per room, so the school advises students to discuss the living situation with their potential roommates before applying for housing.

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