Bring Your Pet to College

These schools are among those that offer flexible policies for students with pets.


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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