Lincoln Memorial University



Harrogate, Tennessee, May 4, 2016— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will launch a pilot program allowing pets in two of its residence halls in July 2016.

“This is a tremendous privilege that we are excited to provide for graduate and professional students,” said Dr. Jonathan Leo, vice president for student and enrollment services. “LMU is joining a very small fraternity of institutions in higher education that recognize the benefits of animal companionship.”

The program will span two academic years and will allow graduate and professional students who reside in Mars Hall and Lee Hall to keep one pet per student. The pets are limited to dogs under 80 pounds, cats and small pets including rabbits, fish, small birds, ferrets, chinchillas, rats, hedgehogs, hamsters, sugar gliders, gerbils, guinea pigs, iguanas and bearded dragons.

Mars Hall and Lee Hall are located five minutes from LMU’s main campus in the town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, adjacent to the University Inn Apartments. Each suite can house up to three students with a limit of three pets per suite. Mars and Lee are dedicated graduate and professional student housing. First priority for the pilot program will be reserved for students enrolled in the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

Residents participating in the program will pay a registration fee of $150, which covers a veterinarian assessment during the registration process, a LMU pet ID tag and flea treatment for the buildings. Additionally, LMU will be providing a fenced-in area for pets to play off their leashes. Pets are expected to be on a leash in any other outdoor area on campus or around the residence halls.

During the pilot study, the University will review a number of factors including wear and tear on facilities, student and community feedback as well as the well-being of participants. At the conclusion of the study, the program could be expanded to other areas on campus or be made available to other populations.

LMU will become the first University in the state of Tennessee with Pet-Friendly housing. While some colleges and universities across the country allow fish and other small animals in their residence halls, very few have housing dedicated to students with animals.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

Caption: Lincoln Memorial University student Jessica Stegner and her furry friend Frodo are ready for a study break. Stenger, a biomedical professions master’s student, lives in the residence halls which will be part of LMU’s pilot pet friendly dorm policy.



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