Campus Dining

Location
Beloit, WI
Undergrads
1,274
Tuition
$40,970
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: 3 options- Commons, the dining hall; DK's, the academic-side grill; or Java Joint, the academic-side coffee and breakfast place. Fairly recently upgraded. Good for cafeteria food, if a bit repetitive.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: We recently got a new meal plan where the school brought in a company to cater for students. At first students were enthused with the idea of new food but soon it became boring to eat practically the same thing every day. Beloit serves burgers, fries, chicken and pizza everyday non stop. They do have another station that provides meals from around the world but the taste of these foods can be debatable. In total there are 3 locations on campus to get food but those who don't have flex dollars are not allowed to eat at the other two establishments. It's not a perfect system but I somewhat works for now. After freshman year you may decide what kind of meal plan you want which sucks for freshmen since they cant eat at DK's.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: We got Bon Appetit, and they know what they are doing. It's a small school, so it's not they are preparing infinite options every day for students, but I've always been pleased with their food. Also--they do take the time to actually respond to comments and suggestions. Let-night dining leaves much to be desired, but they started a new late-night option at the end of last year, so I guess that helps show that they are listening.

In general: pleased, but not wowed. I like it.

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: I used to say that the thing I disliked about Beloit was the food, but now we have a new food system, Bon Appetit, and it is awesome. We got Bon Appetit in the summer of 2012, and it has been great for Beloit. There are tons of healthy and tasty options, and a lot of choices. They also try and get a portion of their food from local and organic places, and are really accommodating to dietary restrictions.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: This year the college has a new food service provider, Bon Appetit. The food is much better than previous years. There are always lots of options such as homemade soups, freshly tossed salads, pizza baked in a new stone oven, pasta, grilled chicken, hamburgers/veggie burgers, cereal, and deli sandwiches. In addition to these items there is a comfort food, grill, and ethnic option that rotate. The college tries to be very friendly to students with restrictive diets (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, allergies) partially due to the high number of students with them on campus. I even had a friend who broke her jaw and the kitchen would make her smoothies and pureed soups for every meal just for her while her jaw was wired shut. There is also a to-go cafe on the academic side of campus that uses flex dollars, turtle bucks, and cash. It is usually quick and a favorite of many. Java joint also has coffee, ice cream, baked goods, panini, soups, and sack lunches on the academic side below DK's.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 164th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 260th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 550th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 619th
    Best Quality Food
  • 826th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sometimes, the greatest part of the meal at Commons is the names they give their dishes. There's something they call "Enraged Pasta," which I wouldn't particularly recommend, and a couple times they made a cheese and hot dog soup that looked nauseating-not to mention the casserole-type things that looked an awful lot like a mixture of what was served at lunch. Commons can get pretty creative with their ingredients, and I'm convinced they know this, which is why we have the sandwich bar, grill, and the salad bar as staples when nobody wants to eat their latest culinary invention. One has to give them credit for cooking gigantic amounts of food, ranging from blech to belissimo, for a bunch of spoiled kids who are constantly looking for something to grumble about. The spaghetti is actually pretty impressive, as far as mass-production goes.

DK's stands its mediocre ground as the "grill" on campus. You can get hamburgers and grilled cheese, and fried this and fried that, snacks, and apple slices with caramel dip. There is also a sandwich bar for those who are feeling grease-free. This is more of the place to stop by for lunch on your way to or in between classes. It's not open on the weekends (no one would make the walk over there anyway), so you have to get your fill Monday through Friday, but avoid the rush hours. If anything, my biggest beef with the dining on campus in general is that we can't use our meal plan for the Java Joint, and it would be nice to have more than two choices, but the situation as it stands doesn't warrant many complaints.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4008 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • DK's
  • Java Joint
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
A lot of dorms have a common kitchen in them. You could cook for yourself from day to day.
Did You Know?
  • Every year, Commons creates an apple smorgasbord with freshly-picked apples, gourmet apple desserts, and apply main dishes to choose from.
  • Every once in a while, you'll see a long line on the left side of Commons. This is the Mongolian Barbecue, where students can pick out vegetables, meats, and sauces, and the chefs of Commons will stir-fry it for you right there-it's amazing.
  • Sometimes, the Food Dude comes around to all the tables and hands out special treats to everyone.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Commons
Location: Chapin Hall
Food: Varies from day to day-always a salad and sandwich bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Coughy Haus
Location: College and Clary Sts.
Food: Snacks, pizza, beer
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
DK's
Location: Pearsons 1st Floor
Food: Sandwiches, salads, grill, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Java Joint
Location: Central campus
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-12 a.m.

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