Campus Dining

Location
Lewisburg, PA
Undergrads
3,515
Tuition
$45,378
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I've heard it's a lot better compared to other schools but I still prefer doing my own cooking.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Dining Services is always improving and expanding.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining halls are pretty nice, the food is very good quality, although a little expensive. The two main places on campus to eat are the cafeteria and the "Bison." In the caf, students just "swipe in" with their ID card and can eat whatever they want with a prepaid meal plan. At the Bison, students buy food with prepaid "dining dollars." The food is somewhat expensive ($5 for a sandwich, $1.05 for an apple, etc.) and not exactly healthy (curly fries, quesadilla, burritos, etc.). Overall, the food is pretty good.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Although it can get monotonous after a while food does taste fairly decent in the car. If you know how to be creative you're fine, also if you have certain foods you never get tired of (like cereal, pizza, or sandwiches) you're golden haha. The bison has fairly good food as well and ok prices.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I think that Bucknell honestly has great food. You will never go hungry here because of the diverse options that Dining Services offers. As a freshmen, you will be eating in the cafe on an unlimited meal plan. As an upperclassmen, fraternity guys will eat in their houses and everyone else will eat in the Bison.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 76th
    Best Quality Food
  • 154th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 178th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 190th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 324th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jen Adams
Hometown
Washington, PA
Major
Economics/Political Science
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Dorm food is notorious for being unhealthy and awful-tasting. However, Bucknell Dining Services does an excellent job of providing students with a wide range of food. Both the Caf and the Bison are crowded during mealtime, and they’re definitely the most popular places to eat on campus. Freshmen typically eat in the Caf because they are required to purchase an unlimited meal plan, meaning they can eat in the Caf as often as they want without having to pay when they swipe in; they are required to use dining dollars at Bison, which isn't convenient since the unlimited plan does not include a lot of dining dollars. Upperclassmen prefer eating at the Bison because they generally purchase dining dollars, which is a lot cheaper than the unlimited meal plan.

There’s so much different food to choose from at the Caf—there’s pasta and pizza; homestyle cooking; the Grill, which has any fried food you could possibly imagine; Smart Market, which has salads, fruit, and vegetarian dishes; the salad bar; Pacific Rim, stir-fry, egg rolls; the deli; and an egg bar, where you can have the cafeteria workers prepare your eggs any way you like. After their meal is over, many students hang around to people watch and talk with their friends. The Bison has pre-made food that you can pick up, or you can order something. Wraps, burgers, and quesadillas are all very popular. Generally, eating at the Bison goes faster than eating at the Caf. You can also get take-out if you need to get to the library, have a meeting, or just want to head back to your room. What’s nice about the Bison is it is open until 11 p.m., and when students have varying schedules from day-to-day, it’s nice to know that you can eat earlier or later than usual, and the food will still be fresh.

 

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4482 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • 7th Street Café
  • Caf
24-Hour Dining
7th Street Café
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Some students choose to prepare food in their rooms. Some of the dorms have small kitchens—either one for each floor or one for the entire dorm. Upperclass students living in the Gateway Residences have their own kitchens, and so do students living in the “Mods” (small on-campus houses).
Did You Know?
  • Every month the Caf has a giant birthday cake to celebrate that month's birthdays, and a couple times a year the Caf will have a theme night, which range from Carnival night to Hawaiian night. There's also always special food to celebrate all of the different holidays throughout the year. Parents can send their child a gift basket for a variety of occasions from birthdays to sick days. All of the food in the baskets is prepared by Dining Services.
  • Dining dollars are held in a debit card-like account-a convenient no-cash way of buying meals and snacks. Dining dollars can be used at any campus dining location.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

7th Street Café
Location: 7th Street
Food: Coffee, bakery, on-the-go items such as deli sandwiches, salads, wraps, yogurt parfaits
Hours: Daily 24 hours
Bertrand Library Café
Location: Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, panini, salads, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
The Bison
Location: Bison
Food: Bento Bowl, deli and wrap station, East-Street Subs, panini, Pepperazzi, sandwiches, Sequoia Grill, soup and salad station, Starbucks, sushi, Wheatcroft's bakery
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Bostwick Marketplace
Location: LC
Food: Bravisimo!, the Corner Deli, grill, Mongos Bongos (Mongolian), The Parkside Diner (home-style options), soup and salad station, Wheatcroft's bakery, Whole Body Cuisine
Hours: Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Convenience Store (C-Store)
Location: LC
Food: Beverages, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Knickers Dining Room
Location: Bucknell Golf Club
Food: Breakfast, lunch
Hours: April-October Daily 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mini Marts Café
Location: Marts Hall
Food: Ice cream, pastries, salads, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
The Refectory
Location: LC
Food: Daily chef's creation with a focus on the wellness and healthy presentation and preparation
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Terrace Room
Location: LC
Food: Deli by Design, French Stalk (ethnic and traditional soups), The Parkside Diner
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Uptown
Location: Uptown
Food: Appetizers, coffee, smoothies, snacks, wings
Hours: Friday-Saturday 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

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