Colleges that Allow Pets

Colleges that Allow Pets

Colleges are looking for new ways to recruit students, capitalizing on specific groups like gay students – and now, students with pets. According to The New York Times, Stephens College in Missouri is the newest school to designate a pet-friendly dorm. Thirty incoming freshmen at Stephens have asked to bring a family pet to campus when they arrive this fall, which is up from last year’s 10. Stephens is renovating an entire dorm for the animal lovers, dubbed Pet Central – and it will have a makeshift kennel on the first floor, staffed by work-study students who will offer temporary boarding and perhaps a bath.

Other colleges that allow pets include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at Canton, which allow cats in some dorm rooms; and Eckerd College in South Florida and Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, which set aside rooms for students with dogs or cats. Some students don’t bring pets, but love animals and just want to live near them.

Is bringing your pet to school a good idea? If you’re in a separate dorm with students who choose to live there, I don’t see why not. College students often have a lot of down time, and the pets would be a lot less lonely than animals who live with owners who work full-time. The danger would be when pet dorms don’t fill up and other students are forced to live and study amidst barking dogs.

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