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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's good, but from what I've heard, the upperclassmen meal plans are better.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is underwhelming so being able to choose the points only meal plan after the first year is a godsend. Those venti cappuccinos will eat up those 300 points in no time so caffeine junkies beware!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I really like the dining halls. We can eat at any of Columbia's halls, with the exception of JJ's Place (sometimes). The Diana Center cafe is the best, and Liz's Place in the Diana makes awesome Starbucks drinks.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I personally don't care very much for dining hall food or buffet style in general. However, comparatively its decent. There are always a variety of options with so many dining halls to choose from and late night options. The standard meal plans had 19 miles a week, which I never reach.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: On-campus dining is fine if you don't like to cook. The food is usually never bad, there just isn't a lot of variety. If you can (and you like to cook) get a suite with a kitchen and cook most of your meals.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 103rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 197th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 303rd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 351st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 487th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Cloud
Ft. Worth, Texas
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While there's a lot of discrepancy among Barnard College students, the overwhelming trend is that the food is all right. Although there aren't too many places that are specifically "Barnard" to eat, there's quite a bit of choices at those few places. On any given day, you can find cereal, bacon, eggs, tofu, and bagels (among other things) for breakfast and sandwiches, stir-fry, pizza, meat, vegetarian, and vegan entrées for lunch and dinner. There's a kosher section that is set off from the main serving area that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The comments of some Barnard students indicate that some of them are judging Barnard food against other New York City restaurants, and of course the food isn't as good, but it's less than $10 for all-you-can-eat. When judging dining hall food, you should always think back to lunch in high school and then appreciate the step up.

Barnard has pretty good food, which your parents will probably note when they help move you in. They, however, will not have to continue eating in Hewitt Dining Hall for the next eight weeks. The entrées that are offered tend to be pretty good for the first few weeks, but quickly become humdrum. The daily pizza selection and sandwich bar can really save some Barnard students from going hungry when the entrée choices don't look good. One place that dining services loses points is in its lack of choice of places to eat.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5760 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Barbecue chicken pizza
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Late Night at Hewitt
Student Favorites
  • Hewitt Dining Hall
  • Java City
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
At selected times during the school year, Barnard usually holds events in which the school provides lunch outside for all of its students. At these functions, anyone is welcome to join other teachers, students, and administrators for lunch. In addition, Barnard students are also welcome to try out Columbia's dining halls.
Did You Know?
If you ever have a problem with dining services, or if you just have a request for a certain kind of food, you can leave a note on the bulletin board for the managers. They tend to respond quickly by both getting your requested item, if possible, and posting a written response.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Diana Center Café
Location: Diana Center
Food: Grill, pizza, salads
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Hewitt Dining Hall
Location: Basement of Hewitt Hall
Food: Kosher and non-Kosher selections of classic American cuisine and some ethnic favorites
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
Liz's Place
Location: Diana Center
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.–11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 9 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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