By Aurus Sy
Published: 09/01/2021, edited: 08/30/2023
Starting college can be exciting and scary at the same time. On the one hand, you can’t wait to see what the future holds. On the other hand, you’re nervous about being far away from your family. That includes your dog, who has always been by your side through the years. Just the thought of leaving them behind makes you sad. Is it possible to bring your best bud with you to college?
Though the majority of colleges and universities in the country are not pet-friendly, there are a few dozen that do allow dogs and cats who are not service or emotional support animals on campus. If you’re planning to attend college with Fido, here are some schools that will let your canine BFF tag along.
Other pooch-friendly colleges include Clarion University in Clarion, PA; Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC; Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI; Stetson University in DeLand, FL; and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD (visits only).
Pet policies vary by school, but there are a few common rules that are found in most, if not all pup-friendly colleges. Generally, to live on a college campus, dogs must:
A college campus can be a confusing place! Be sure your dog can always get back to you, no matter what happens, by keeping your dog's ID tag up-to-date, and consider microchipping them.
With your canine pal living on campus with you, balancing student and pup parent responsibilities can prove challenging at times. If you’re unable to provide your dog with the care and attention they need, book a dog walker or sitter to keep them busy while you’re finishing a project or preparing for an exam.
Got a roommate? Be sure to be open and understanding of your roommate's space and time, and keep your dog behaved and out of their things. Start a conversation and discuss any rules with your roommate right away to help avoid any issues that may arise.
And always watch your dog for signs of stress or anxiety. Living in cramped quarters with a lot of noise and activity everywhere they go can be scary for some dogs. If your dog is not suited to college life, be prepared to make some changes to do what's best to keep your canine pal safe and happy.
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