08/21/2014 03:29 EDT | Updated 10/21/2014 05:59 EDT

University of Northern Colorado lets some students bring cats, dogs to live with them in dorms

GREELEY, Colo. - 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 that aren't able to live side-by-side will be separated as needed.

While some colleges 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.