It’s a Dog’s Life

Pets play a special part in our campus

Loyal. Loving. Always waiting by the door. If you have a pet, you know what we mean. There’s something about that adorable little face that instantly makes the darkest day a little brighter.

Every autumn since 1973, we’ve welcomed pets on our campus. We know that by bringing your dog or cat or ferret, you’re bringing a little bit of home with you. So bring it. Check out the Pet FAQs.

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NOTHING BUT THE BEST FOR PRINCESS

Welcoming your best friend to campus

In keeping with the role they play in students’ lives, we treat resident pets to some pretty sweet perks:

  • Every spring we have a separate graduation ceremony for outgoing pets, complete with “diplomas” signed by Dean Annarelli and presented by both the dean and President Eastman.
  • Every October we hold a Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
  •  A local veterinarian does pet health checks twice a year.
Pet Commencement 2015

The low-down

  • You may bring your animal or small pet to campus starting on day one.
  • You must register your animal or small pet with the Pet Life Staff. The animal or small pet must meet the registration and inoculation requirements.
  • Small pets in cages are permitted in all halls. Animals defined as dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, chinchillas, and ferrets are only allowed in animal-friendly dorms.