Campus Dining

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
3,694
Tuition
$36,320
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I am not picky, I like all the food they have, but others complain about the quality and lack of choice. You can find healthy options, but it is very easy to eat poorly. Their pizza is great.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining on campus is convenient, but you are required to have a meal plan Freshman and Sophomore year. The food is definitely not the greatest, but you learn to deal with it and once Junior year rolls around you don't have to eat there anymore.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is a dining hall and a food court in the student center as well as a store so there are lots of options there but the only other place to get food on campus is the law school cafe. The options in the food court are wide but the food is pretty average.

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food really doesn't taste good at all. There are few healthy options. The only things upstairs that is open all the time is the grill and the pizza bar and the deli bar. And the cruddy salad bar. Downstairs, the food may seem to be better, but it gets boring after a while. The Philly Cheesesteaks are quite good though. Block plan is slightly annoying since you have to get a cookie or a piece of fruit with it, otherwise it's not considered a meal.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The meal plan involving "swipes" for the Student Restaurant, which offers a buffet-style meal, is required by all freshmen and sophomores. The SR does not always have the most delicious foods, but its hours and variety of choices are stellar.

The independent dining facilities in the student center offer a tasty way to spend dining dollars. It isn't TOO expensive, but purchasing lunch from here every day quickly adds up. There is also a Starbucks on campus, which is wonderful for all-nighters and meeting with professors.

I personally enjoy using my dining dollars at the Pod, which is a convenience store located on the first floor of the student center. Most items are pricey, but grabbing a milkshake or a bag of chips and dip is a great reward for finishing the week.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 200th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1148th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1188th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1228th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1296th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
Major
Politics
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There is no simple way to describe the food at Catholic University. On one hand, it is convenient and abundant, and students with a meal plan can eat as many times as they want for however long and as much as they want. The quality, however, is another story. There is no accuracy when it comes to the quality of food at the University, where the eggs are bland and the chicken tends to feel like rubber. You can always rely on a stable salad bar, hearty sandwich station, good ol' milk and cereal, and simple hamburgers and french fries. But after a while, your body can no longer take it.

The main problem is that the hot meals and "daily specials" are put out for a limited time, so many times students are stuck with pizza, burgers, fries, and strawberry ice cream. It may seem like a college student's paradise, but eventually it gets old. The soda fountain tends to spew flat soda, the ice cream needs at least three hours to thaw out, and every few weeks or so there is a serious plates and/or utensils shortage. Basically, the management needs to step up on the food. There is enough variety to help students get by, if—and only if—the food is actually laid out for students to enjoy.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5398 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All freshmen and sophomores are required to enroll in CUA's dining plan program.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Student Restaurant
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Starbucks
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Omelets
  • Waffles and pancakes
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Chicken nuggets
24-Hour Dining
None
Did You Know?
The meal plan gives students access to the all-you-can-eat restaurant in the Pryz. In addition, depending on the meal plan, each student is allotted a certain amount of "dining dollars," which lets him or her buy food at the food court, the convenience store, and Starbucks.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Law School Café
Location: Columbus School of Law
Food: Grill, pzza, salads, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
POD Market
Location: Pryzbyla Center, first floor
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go, groceries, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–12 a.m.
Pryz Food Court
Location: Pryzbyla Center, second floor
Food: Asian Fusion, Bene Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Fresh Market, Grab-n-Go, Grille Works, Quiznos, Salad Express
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: Pryzbyla Center, third floor
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–11 p.m.
The Student Restaurant
Location: Pryzbyla Center, third floor
Food: All-you-can-eat: deli, grill, homestyle entrées, pasta, salad bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 a.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.–12 a.m.

Student Polls

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  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
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