Meal Plan Options

Find great value, variety, and convenience with flexible meal plans to fit your busy schedule and stay within your budget. With a variety of locations and convenient hours, you can connect, refuel, and save time and money with one of the following meal plan options.

Meal Plan Costs

The Student Accounts website maintains the most current meal plan costs.

Plan Features

Unlimited Dining Hall Plan

Meal Swipes per Semester: 300+
Meals per Week: 26+
Dining Dollars: $50
Guest Passes: 5
Intended Use: Unlimited use of All You Can Eat dining halls, occasional Dining Dollars snack and beverage purchases, and meal equivalency for late night.
Who can use this plan?: All resident, commuter, graduate, and pharmacy students.

Tier 1

Meal Swipes per Semester: 220
Meals per Week: 16
Dining Dollars: $100
Guest Passes: 5
Intended Use: 2-3 meals per day/occasional Dining Dollars snack and beverage purchases.
Who can use this plan?: All resident, commuter, graduate, and pharmacy students.

Tier 2

Meal Swipes per Semester: 180
Meals per Week: 13
Dining Dollars: $150
Guest Passes: 5
Intended Use: 1-2 meals per day/occasional Dining Dollars snack and beverage purchases.
Who can use this plan?: All resident, commuter, graduate, and pharmacy students.

Tier 3

Meal Swipes per Semester: 125
Meals per Week: 9
Dining Dollars: $200
Guest Passes: 5
Intended Use: One meal per day, frequent Dining Dollars meal, snack, and beverage purchases.
Who can use this plan?: Resident students in their second year or more, all commuter, graduate, and pharmacy students.

Commuter Plan

Meal Swipes per Semester: 75
Meals per Week: 5
Dining Dollars: $75
Guest Passes: 5
Intended Use: Occasional meals and snacks on campus.
Who can use this plan?: All commuter, graduate, and pharmacy students.

Sign Up For a Meal Plan

Resident students choose a meal plan as part of their housing application on ResLife Online. Commuter, graduate, and pharmacy students can sign up for a meal plan on ResLife Online.

2017-18 Meal Plan Conditions

  • Meal plans start with breakfast on Monday, September 4, 2017 in the fall semester and bunch on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in the spring semester. Students enrolled in the School of Pharmacy may begin using the meal plan at the start of classes, however some dining venues may be closed until the start of the full College semester. (New students will eat meals with Orientation until returning student move-in day.)
  • Meal Plan Use:
    • For Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Commuter Plans you can use up to two meal swipes per meal period in the All You Can Eat (AYCE) dining halls OR one meal swipe in an AYCE dining hall and one meal equivalency in the Cyber Café, Cardinal Café, Fishbowl, or Pioch Café (retail Dining Outlets) per meal period.
    • For the Unlimited Dining Hall Plan, you can swipe as many times per meal period as you wish in the All You Can Eat (AYCE) Dining Halls and once for meal equivalency at Late Night.
  • Dining Dollars can be used at all retail dining outlets (a la carte) or in the AYCE dining halls (price per all you can eat meal).
  • Meal swipes and Dining Dollars roll over from week to week until the end of each semester, but do not roll over from semester to semester. No unused part of the meal plan will be refunded at the end of the semester.
  • Each meal plan has five guest passes per semester which do not roll over from semester to semester. Unused guest passes will not be refunded.
  • For Resident Students:
    • Resident students sign up for a meal plan for the academic year.
    • Resident students returning to the College may choose any plan except for the Commuter Student Plan.
    • New students (first-year and transfer students) may choose any plan but the Tier 3 plan for their first year.
    • Residents may make changes to meal plans until September 11, 2017 in the fall and January 22, 2018 in the spring. When changing a plan, charges will be prorated based on meal plan usage. (Updated charges may take up to 24 hours to show on your Fish 'R' Net bill).
  • For Commuter Students:
    • Commuter students sign up for a meal plan by semester.
    • Commuters may make changes and cancellations until September 11, 2017 in the fall and January 22, 2018 in the spring. When cancelling or changing a plan, charges will be prorated based on meal plan usage. (Updated charges may take up to 24 hours to show on your Fish 'R' Net bill.)

Meal Plan Glossary

Meal Swipe

Each meal plan comes with a different amount of meal swipes which can be used during any meal period at any venue.

Swiping Twice Per Meal Period

With Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Commuter Plans, students can use up to two meal swipes per meal period in the All You Can Eat (AYCE) dining halls OR one meal swipe in an AYCE dining hall and one meal equivalency in the Cyber Café, Cardinal Café, Fishbowl, or Pioch Café (retail dining outlets) per meal period.

Unlimited Dining Hall Plan

With the Unlimited Dining Hall Plan, students can swipe as many times per meal period as they wish in the All You Can Eat (AYCE) dining halls and once for meal equivalency at late night.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars can be used at all of our retail dining outlets (Cyber Café, Cardinal Café, Fishbowl, and Pioch Café) for a la carte purchase. Dining Dollars can also be used in Ward-Haffey and Murphy Halls at the price per all you can eat meal.

Guest Passes

Meal plans are intended for personal use only so each meal plan comes with five guest passes per semester, which come in handy when friends and family come to visit!

Meal Equivalency

During each meal period, students can use their meal plan one time for meal equivalency in the retail dining outlets. The meal equivalency rate is different depending on the meal period. See Dining Hall Hours, Locations, and Equivalencies for more information.

The Unlimited Dining Hall Plan only provides meal equivalency for the late night meal period.

Meal Periods

Meal periods are the hours in which you can use your meal swipe or meal equivalency for each type of meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night, brunch).