Campus Dining

Location
Waco, TX
Undergrads
12,615
Tuition
$33,716
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is decent and there is usually a variety of options, except for on the weekends. Some dining halls are better than others.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining halls are really nice and there are multiple available. Menus are pretty good, there's a good amount of variety, we have a swipe system so value doesn't really apply, everyone has a favorite (there's no one best place)

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food is good and large selection of food.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: First few months, dinning foods are great but it gets to the point where you are so tired of them.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The times are schedule conflicting but they are good

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 75th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 106th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 129th
    Best Quality Food
  • 364th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 458th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
Hometown
San Antonio, TX
Major
Environmental Studies
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There has never been a Baylor student that starved to death, unless it was from deeply-seated psychological issues, because the food on campus is so readily available there really is no excuse not to eat. Many students have become very concerned with being health-conscious and pay more attention to what is in the food that they are eating. If you’re not on a meal plan, eating is dependent upon your willingness to go buy it or get up and cook it. With a meal plan, such lazy aspirations are easily avoided.

The one thing to avoid is eating at peak hours in Penland. You’ll wait in line just to get your ID swiped, and then wait for your food and be rushed to eat. Unless you have a nice two-hour break for lunch, either eat early, late, or somewhere else. Penland is, by far, the most popular place to eat for freshmen, and even some upperclassmen because of its location and selection. The other perk to having a meal plan is that you can get your meals to go. One of the complaints from upperclassmen is that after a few years, all the food starts to taste the same. For some bizarre reason, it seems there is a conspiracy in the dining halls to wean you off cafeteria food and make you an independent eater by the time you graduate. They achieve this by making all the food taste the same. The other drawback is that unused meals at the end of the semester don’t roll over, so a lot of the time you’ll catch yourself eating meals just to use up your allotment.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4312 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Bear Market Food Court
  • Chili’s Too
  • Common Grounds
  • Java City
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Common Grounds
  • Java City
  • Quiznos
  • Subway
Special Options
You can change your meal plan during the first four weeks of school. Many students suggest buying the plan with the least meals because, as the year progresses, if you need to eat more you can always upgrade your plan but not downgrade.
Did You Know?
  • Guest passes are used in addition to your weekly meal allowance and are great for treating friends and family to a taste of Baylor dining.
  • There is no additional cost for guest passes, and they're great for when friends come in town and you're living on a budget.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Atrium Café
Location: New Science Building
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Bear Market Food Court
Location: Bill Daniel Student Center (SUB)
Food: Quizno's Subs, Chick-fil-A, Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
C3 Convenience Store
Location: Speight Avenue Parking Garage
Food: Snacks, canned goods
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chili's Too
Location: Dutton Avenue Office
Food: American
Hours: Daily 10:45 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Collins
Location: Collins Hall
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Daily Grind Coffee
Location: Bear Market Food Court
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Discovery Café
Location: Mayborn Museum
Food: Sandwiches, salads, pastries
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Java City
Location: Moody Library
Food: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Memorial
Location: Memorial Hall
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Penland
Location: Penland Hall
Food: Salad bar, grille, Italian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Seasons 3:1
Location: North Village Community Center
Food: Sushi, fresh bread, homemade soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: Dutton Avenue Office
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 18% SUB
  • 14% Memorial Dining Hall
  • 14% Cookies!
  • 12% Chicken Quesadilla
  • 11% Wing Wednesdays at Penland
  • 9% Chicken Sandwich, Beef Gyro, Curly Fries
  • 7% Omelletes
  • 7% Flying saucer
  • 4% Tater Tots
  • 4% Collins Salad

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 142 responses

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

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 16 responses

  • 30% You can eat whenever you want
  • 20% The different types of cuisine
  • 20% The people who serve the good are quite nice.
  • 15% There are many retail dining and campus options
  • 12% Guest passes with meal plans
  • 2% Can customize number of meals needed

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 17 responses

  • 32% It's is surprisingly pricy.
  • 21% Some dining halls are closed on weekends
  • 18% The awkward hours
  • 18% The food is premade so it's not as healthy or good
  • 12% No meal plan is perfect for your weekly meal needs

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 60% Penland Dining Hall
  • 13% Dining Halls
  • 13% East Village
  • 13% Everything is good

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