Campus Dining

Danville, KY
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Cowan (the cafeteria) is pretty average as far as the quality of food is concerned.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There aren't very many options to choose from, either the grill, jasmines, or cowen. The food is usually average, and you don't often get full off of the meals you are provided.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: While I love Centre through and through, I hated the food. It's provided by Sodexho, and their service to Centre is faulty at best. Repetitive and tasteless (unless you love salt). Further, campus dining does not heed student and faculty requests. A considerably strong movement has been underway for a few years now to get local and organic food, but little change has been made. Get the smallest meal plan possible (the one with the most flex dollars), and buy groceries instead. You'll save your appetite and your health.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: cowan is pretty terrible, but there are some safe choices that i really like. the grill is almost always good and jazzman's is nice after you finish practice or a workout

College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at the cafeteria is pretty terrible, except the amazing soft-serve ice cream.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 341st
    Best Quality Food
  • 383rd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 386th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 565th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 772nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Aaron Edwards
Henderson, KY
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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The campus dining has a tendency to be a little bit of a cattle call, especially with the monotony of the food choices. The food served in Cowan is basically good, but can get boring, and there are few healthy choices for the nutritionally conscious and even fewer for vegetarians or vegans. Most students enjoy a steady diet of meat and potatoes, sometimes fried, baked, roasted, or broiled, but rarely varied. Oftentimes, it can be work to find a green vegetable in Cowan, as the main line will usually offer a starchy selection of pasta, carrots, or everyone's favorite: potatoes. The salad line is a pretty standard salad bar, sometimes reaching out into the unknown with such exotic dishes as hummus and pita. The grill line at Cowan is always cheeseburgers, sometimes chicken patties, pizza, and french fries. The quality of the pasta line has declined in recent years, but besides the singular choice of a pasta, students can usually also get a caesar salad. A favorite is the sandwich line, offering various deli meats and cheeses; they will even grill your baguette.

The Grille and Café offer more of a selection, but it's difficult to eat within your meal plan, and you'll probably find yourself out of Flex Dollars and back in Cowan before long. Luckily, the employees at The Grille and Café will rarely let a student go hungry, and you can always find a friend that miraculously has Flex Dollars left. The kitchen facilities that some dorms have can also provide needed relief from campus food.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
The Grille
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Wanna go sledding? When it snows, Centre students snake the cafeteria trays and use them to sled down the hills by the soccer and football fields.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Across Visitor Parking Lot from the Alumni House
Food: American, pasta bar, pizza bar, deli line, home-cooking, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Grille
Location: Second floor of the Warehouse
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-12 a.m.
Hall of Fame Café
Location: Second floor of Sutcliffe
Food: Deli, coffee shop food
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 13 responses

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