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The Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges

First Posted: 05/25/11 09:19 AM ET   Updated: 07/24/11 06:12 AM ET

You grow up with, care for, and love your pet all through your life, but then you have to leave him/her behind to go to college? It seems so wrong! The good thing is that some schools are more welcoming of animal life than others. In the last couple of years, many colleges have become much more pet friendly.

With that in mind, US News and World Report debuted their list of the top ten most pet friendly schools. Check out our slide show of their list below. Then, tell us, is your school pet friendly? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • MIT

    There are 4 <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=2" target="_hplink">cat-friendly dormitories</a> at MIT. Meow!

  • Stephens College

    Stephens College has a dorm known <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=2" target="_hplink">unofficially</a> as "Pet Central" (regularly Searcy Hall). You can keep all kinds of pets there and they even have a pet day care!

  • Washington and Jefferson College

    Washington and Jefferson college has a dorm <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=2" target="_hplink">that</a>, "permits cats, dogs that weigh less than 40 pounds, small birds, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, turtles, and fish."

  • 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."

  • Sweet Briar College

    You have to be part of a<a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=2" target="_hplink"> special horse riding program</a>, but you can have your horse come with you at Sweet Briar College.

  • Stetson University

    There is a whole dorm at <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=2" target="_hplink">Stetson</a> for students with pets. Allowed animals include, hamsters, small dogs and cats. There is even a dog park for dogs to find friends.

  • Principia College

    Anything you can keep in an enclosed space, (cage or tank), you can keep at <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=2" target="_hplink">Principia College</a>.

  • Lehigh University

    Fish tanks are allowed in the dorms at <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=2" target="_hplink">Lehigh</a>! In a frat or sorority? You are allowed a dog or cat.

  • Eckerd College

    Dogs are a big part of campus life at Eckerd. "A couple of years ago, we had one young lady whose dog actually walked across stage with her at commencement," Eckerd's dean of admission and financial aid, John Sullivan, told <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=1" target="_hplink">US News</a>.

  • Want to know more pet friendly colleges?

    Click to <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/19/bring-your-pet-to-college?PageNr=2" target="_hplink">US News and World Report</a> to find out!

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Filed by Rebecca Harrington  |