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Pet Friendly Colleges: Key to A-cat-demics?


Ever wish that there existed pet friendly colleges that welcomed not only you to their student housing, but your four-legged best friend as well? Well they’re out there, and the number continues to grow!

The transition of moving from your parents’ house to a college dorm is often a tough one for students. Having your pet with you, a constant reminder of home and security, is the perfect stepping stone to being on your own. And pet friendly campuses make that possible.

Sure, there are rules. Eckerd College, for example, maintains that your snake must not exceed four feet and cannot be venomous. And in some schools, pets will only be allowed in designated wings. All rather reasonable parameters for pet friendly campuses, we think.

So here’s the list, folks. Keep in mind — each pet friendly campus has its own policy for what animals they do and don’t allow, so do your research before sending an application in for you and your slightly hairier best friend.

20 Pet Friendly Campuses Across the Nation

  1. Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  3. State University of New York at Canton
  4. Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
  5. University of California, Los Angeles
  6. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
  7. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  8. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  9. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  10. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
  11. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
  12. Principa College, Elsah, Illinois
  13. Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania
  14. Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  15. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  16. Sweet Briar College, Amherst, Virginia
  17. University of Notre Dame, New York, New York
  18. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  19. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
  20. Principia College, Elsah, Illinois

Before deciding on whether or not you should apply to a pet friendly college, think about what you want out of your college experience. Also, think about what’s best for your pet, and whether or not you can afford an extra mouth to feed! If you decide that a pet friendly campus is the best choice for you, start applying!



8 Responses to “Pet Friendly Colleges: Key to A-cat-demics?”

  1. kaleigh Says:

    Are there any in Texas. I want a university close to home.

  2. Meredith Says:

    You say small rodents are allowed, does that include ferrets?

  3. Ronen at University Language Says:

    Hi Meredith,
    Each college has its own particular policies about pets, so it’s best to check with the school directly. Good luck to you and your ferret!

  4. Dakota Pressler Says:

    Question:
    what if your dog is a Black Labrador mix and four years old, but family oriented?

  5. Amy at University Language Says:

    Dakota,
    Each college has its own policies about pets, so we recommend you check with the school directly. Good luck!

  6. rebecka andrew Says:

    i have two cats and i live in texas i need help finding a college that will let me take them with me.can anybody help me find a college that will let me have them.

  7. Amy at University Language Says:

    Rebecka,
    Check and see which schools you’re interested in will allow you to have pets on campus. Different schools have different policies. Good luck!

  8. Dakota Says:

    thanks for the tip bout the pet policies!

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