Campus Dining

Orange, CA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We are required to have a meal plan, which sucks because I hardly ever use it.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Could be better, but there are always options and our selection is much better than most schools.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: I think the food served at Chapman is very unhealthy for the amount they charge. The only place I go to most of the time is Jamba Juice for fresh squeezed orange juice - but again, this isn't a healthy "meal."

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Could be a lot better, but it has its days of course.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dinning halls have great food. I wish it was open later on weekends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 102nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 301st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 357th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 388th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 498th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Seattle, Wash.
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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For the first month of school, students love the cafeteria. It offers a variety of cuisines and serves the best desserts, including frozen yogurt, cookies, and cakes. However, after about the second or third month, students grow tired of the same chicken and rice dish. Many opt for daily hamburgers or chicken nuggets with french fries, which only contribute to the Freshman 15. The cafeteria does offer different entrées, like pizza, salad, sandwiches, and pasta, but they are the same options every day. Students who are trying to eat healthy have even less variety, and usually eat a salad or grilled chicken for every meal.

Students use their meal plans when they eat at the cafeteria, so they never really know how much the food costs in dollars. If a student who doesn’t have a meal plan wants to eat in the cafeteria, he or she has to pay $10 for lunch or $15 for dinner, which is extremely overpriced. The cafeteria promotes itself as a buffet-style dining option to justify these high costs, but most students only have one entrée, a beverage, fruit, and maybe a cookie, which is not worth $10 or $15. Students are not even allowed to take any food out of the cafeteria, so they often hide fruit in their bags and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for later to try to get the most from their money. The cafeteria is a good experience for a freshmen. It is a very social environment because it is the only cafeteria on campus, so students are sure to see numerous classmates and friends at each meal. But, most students move off campus their sophomore or junior year to have a kitchen so they can cook food they actually want to eat.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3966 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All students who live in the dorms must purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Jazzman's Café & Bakery
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Baked chicken pasta
  • Carnitas with rice and tortillas
  • Grilled cheese
  • Teriyaki chicken
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Ice cream
24-Hour Dining

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Doy's Place at Henley Underground
Location: Henley Hall
Food: Pizza, salads, sandwiches, snacks, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Daily 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Jazzman's Café & Bakery
Location: Beckman Hall
Food: Baked goods, coffee, grab-and-go salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8:45 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pantera's/Freshen's Smoothie Company
Location: Argyros Forum
Food: Italian, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Salsa Rico
Location: Argyros Forum
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sandhu Dining Hall
Location: Sandhu Residence Hall
Food: Variety of food including Asian, barbecue station
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sky Ranch Grill
Location: Argyros Forum
Food: Burgers, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Beckman Hall
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 82 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • 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 11 responses

  • 25% Jamba juice
  • 25% Einsteins
  • 17% Wow
  • 12% Jazzmins
  • 12% Most places are good depending on the student
  • 8% Subversions

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Rotunda
  • 14% Everything is pretty good
  • 14% Wow
  • 14% The caf
  • 7% The good places have long lines depending on time

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

  • 36% Portion of meals to Panther$$ is not equal
  • 36% Non organic produce and lack of options for vegan
  • 18% It gets repetitive after a while.
  • 9% Nothing!

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 75% Unlimited food per swipe
  • 25% It's customizable


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