Unfortunately, there’s only one dining hall at BJU. Regardless of one’s classification, BJU requires all resident students to pay for a meal plan, which frustrates upperclassmen. Complaints do not end there! To feed thousands of students three meals a day on BJU's budget, all food is mass produced. While a lot of students complain about the unhealthy food, the atmosphere of the dining hall doesn't help students’ appetites, either, with frequent long lines formed by hungry students. The dining hall’s soda fountains, heavy Southern foods, and sweet desserts tempt first-year students to get into unhealthy eating habits. The students must watch their diets and control the amount they consume; otherwise, they will face gaining the Freshman 15. BJU’s food can be a culture shock to first-year students who are used to homemade food. The Snack Shop and Fast Break provide a variety of options for those who are tired of the Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common; however, BJU’s current meal plan does not cover the cost of food at these on-campus locations.
Don’t be scared yet. Year by year, BJU has made improvements to the dining common’s food quality. The University provides salad, rice, fruit, and deli bars at lunch and dinner to help students balance their diets. BJU is planning on renovating the dining common in 2011 to upgrade the atmosphere and the quality of the food.