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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Cafeteria closes a little early for my liking.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good variety of food and very healthy choices. I actually lost weight my freshman year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is usually pretty average, but it is really good during special events like a campus preview day.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I wish there were more vegetarian options and pasta choices.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: It's the best out of all the schools I know but it's expensive.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 19th
    Best Quality Food
  • 59th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 72nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 97th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zachary Mendelson
Rancho Santa Margarita
Biological Sciences
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Biola offers an array of different venues for students to meet and eat at. There's Café Biola, which offers continuous dining during the week; however, some students feel a little strangled by Café Biola's obscure, short hours on the weekends. Nonetheless, it boasts the most diversity in dining on campus, housing several stations to pick from. Perhaps the most crowded area on Biola's campus in the early morning and late at night is Common Grounds, which, as the name implies, is the campus's popular coffee shop. Common Grounds is almost a clone to neighboring Starbucks and better to boot—not only in prices, but also in flavors. Found in the business building, the Talon is another coffee shop with similar services to Common Grounds.

Another heavily populated area is Eagles' Nest, the campus's casual diner. Specializing in many different kinds of burgers and sides, the Nest also has a large bar for Mexican food and offers various kinds of Asian food, such as Mongolian bowls, on certain days. This is a great back-up plan if you've run out of meals for the week or want something instantly on the weekends. Also, for those who have special food preferences, most of the food providers on campus keep vegetarians and gluten-free eaters in mind, as well, when it comes to cuisine.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4368 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Café Biola
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Eagles' Nest
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Taco salad bar
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Eagles' Nest breakfast burrito
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Students who can't eat gluten will find a home at Biola, as the cafeteria makes sure to make as many gluten-free meals as possible. In addition to this, there are Seattle's Best carts located at several locations on campus to supply coffee for caffeine-lovers.
Did You Know?
The cafeteria has "continuous dining," so you can stay in on one meal point for all three meals as long as you don't leave the café!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Biola
Location: Mid-campus
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Common Grounds
Location: Mid-campus
Food: Breakfast, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Eagles' Nest
Location: Mid-campus
Food: American, Mexican, Mongolian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Talon
Location: Crowell School of Business
Food: Breakfast, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 84 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 33% Cafe
  • 25% Eagles Nest
  • 17% Common Grounds
  • 17% Talon
  • 8% The Soaring Eagle

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 45% It's pretty easy to monitor usage.
  • 36% The 175 meal plan lets you swipe in friends
  • 18% Easy to use

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% No rolling meals on fixed plans
  • 50% Time restrictions to weekly meal plans.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% Vending machines


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