Beginning college is an exciting time for students. It also can be a difficult time, leaving behind home, family, friends and even Fido. Of course, many pet-friendly universities allow students to have fish tanks or small caged animals in on-campus housing. Even cats have been roaming designated dormitories at schools like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). But dogs in dorms?
Colleges have historically been reluctant to welcome pups on campus, but that could be changing. After all, there’s nothing like returning home from a day of exams to a wagging tail and a wet snout! Having a “dogmate” can not only lower anxiety but also increase exercise, provide social interaction and teach responsibility. These seven colleges and universities have considered those benefits and have opened their doors to canine dormers.