If you live in a rural area, check out the local shelters for beagle mixes. You can find some really awesome dogs that share many Beagle characteristics and traits. My Henry is a Beagle/German Shepherd mix and is really great. He was surrendered twice before I got him, but now he's showing everyone what a good boy he is! I'm also a college student, and I'm going into Elementary Education...my dad's degree is in Special Ed though! Welcome aboard!