A whole new meaning to “Animal House”

June 17, 2010

About a dozen US colleges and universities, including MIT and SUNY Canton, have begun establishing “pet-friendly dorms” in which students don’t have to settle for stuffed animals for stress relief. Stephens College, a women's institution in Missouri, is renovating a dorm dubbed “Pet Central” to accommodate 30 incoming freshmen and their pets, and to include a ground-floor kennel staffed by work-study students. Stephens College hopes that the new pet-friendly policy will help students make a smoother transition to higher education. Eckerd College even allows snakes, provided they are “less than six feet long and nonvenomous.”  New York Times  |  Boston Globe  |  Inside Higher Ed