The Top 10 Most Pet Friendly Colleges

Thinking about bringing some furry friends with you to college?doggie Or were you thinking you had to leave the only true friend you’ve ever had with your parents?

Turns out, you can bring Sparky with you and still wake up in the morning with the morning paper delivered at your slippers–do college kids read newspapers?

Certain schools have dorms and programs with great pet amenities.  Here are the top 10 pet friendly colleges from US News and World Report:

1. MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has 4, count ’em, 4 cat-friendly residence halls.

2. Stephens College
Stephens College is like the college student’s pet mecca.  Searcy Hall allows students to keep all kinds of pets there and even offers a pet day care.

3. Washington and Jefferson College
This is exactly what Washington and Jefferson would’ve wanted, a dorm that permits cats, dogs that weigh less than 40 pounds, small birds, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, turtles, and fish.  That’s the American dream.

4. University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame allows students to house non-carnivorous, freshwater fish in aquariums, as long as the tank does not exceed 30 gallons.  Your roommate will be glad he’s not sharing a room with a fish that might eat him.

5. Sweet Briar College
Seabiscuit can come with you to Sweet Briar College, as long as you’re in their special equestrian program.  But that’d kinda be like bringing your space shuttle to college if you’re not studying to be an astronaut.  Doesn’t make sense! Right?

6. Stetson University
There’s an entire dorm at Stetson that allows animals including, hamsters, small dogs and cats. There is even a dog park for dogs to find friends.  You’ll be socializing at college, your dog should, too!

7. Principia College
If you can fit it in an enclosed space-cage or tank-you can bring it along with you to Principia.

8. Lehigh University
Fish tanks are allowed at Lehigh. That’s that.

9. Eckerd College
Dogs are a huge part of Eckerd culture.  At one of their commencement ceremonies, a girl walked across the stage with her dog. Or maybe, the dog got a degree, too.

10. Case Western Reserve University
Case Western 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.

What are the pet rules like at your college? Is having a pet friendly dorm important to you? Comment and share!

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  1. Megan says:

    At Northern Arizona University we are allowed to have fish that are in a tank no bigger than 20 gallons. Though that hasn’t stopped some students from trying to get away with bringing cats, snakes, mice, turtles, gerbils and other animals. there has been talk about making one of the halls dog/cat friendly but it hasn’t gone beyond that.

  2. Sara Zavorka says:

    Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX allows fish and/or birds in any and all of the dorm hall facilities. Oh, and there’s plenty of squirrels on campus that you could “claim” as your own.

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