Named number one for animal lovers

Credit: Delaware Valley University. DelVal has pet-friendly housing available as an option for students.

Aug 25, 2015

For students who have pets, going away to a college or university can mean leaving behind not only classmates and family, but also a four-legged friend. As schools are looking for ways to better meet student needs, some schools are looking at how to include pets in campus life. Delaware Valley University was recognized as the number one school on Great Value Colleges’ list of “25 Great Small Colleges for Animal Lovers.”

The website, which provides information on degrees, schools and careers, compiled the list to help students find schools that would be a great fit for students who love animals.  

During the 2014-2015 academic year, DelVal launched a pilot pet-friendly housing policy, which allows students to have small pets in Samuel Hall. The program is being expanded for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Students at DelVal also have the option of choosing from several animal-related majors such as: animal science, biology, conservation and wildlife management, equine management, equine science, small animal science or zoo science.

A variety of animal-related clubs and organizations are offered at DelVal such as: Animal Science Society, Dairy Society, Dressage Team, Ducks Unlimited, Equine Club, Intercollegiate Equestrian Team, Positive Awareness of Wildlife and Zoos (PAWZ), Pre-Vet Club, Vaulting Team  and Wildlife Society.

The list was compiled using information from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database as well as the individual schools’ websites. Schools that were considered had populations of less than 10,000 students. The number of animal-related sports and clubs; the school’s pet policies; the number of animal-related events and places on campus; and the number of animal-focused courses/degree programs were considered when ranking the schools.