College can be a difficult time for many young adults. Attending classes, meeting the expectations of professors and keeping up a grade-point average can all take its toll on students. In addition, many may find it particularly difficult to be away from, not only family and friends, but that lovable furry companion they’ve had for years.

Mental health professionals are now realizing the many benefits an emotional support animal can bring to a stressed out student. But where exactly does the law stand on having a “pet” in a college dorm or classroom? What are your rights as a student? And if you are able to bring an emotional support animal to school with you, where do you get one?

We’ve consulted with the experts to guide you along the path of obtaining an emotional support animal for you in your college dorm.