Colorado college lets students keep pets in dorms

Published On: Aug 26 2014 07:13:42 AM EDT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — It's move-in day at the University of Northern Colorado, and this year some students are being allowed to bring their cats or dogs to live with them in dorms.

Pets under 40 pounds are being allowed on two of the 17 floors of Lawrenson residence hall, home to about 400 students.

The pilot program beginning Thursday will include about 24 pets.

Dogs and cats won't live side-by-side though. They'll be grouped together.

While some colleges and universities allow small-caged pets, a slowly growing number of schools are letting undergraduate students bring other pets to live with them.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology allows cats in designated "cat-friendly" areas. Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida allows cats and dogs — as well as nonvenomous snakes under 6 feet long.

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