Campus Dining

Claremont, CA
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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: We are really spoiled at the 5Cs, the food is generally very good. There are 7 dining halls to chose from. Watch out for the freshman 15!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at CMC is great. Lobster and steak for Christmas and custom Asian wok a few nights per week.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a total of seven dining halls across the Claremont Consortium, so there is a very wide variety of food available to students. Not to sound biased, but I do believe that it is also at a higher standard than dining hall food found at other institutions. Menus are different every day, and there are certain days of the week in certain dining halls that have a specific theme or dish that tends to attract students from all 5C's.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: 8 dining hall options on the 5 campuses, plus each has its own hangout cafe where you can flex or meal replace (the hub, the coop fountain, the motley, the groove, and the mudd hole). literally the best food in the nation in my opinion. Maybe not alone, but with all the availability of the 5c schools its amazing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Having food allergies, Collins was a great dining hall. The dining on the other 5'c's was great too. There are different nights and afternoons, that every dining hall showcases something different. You learn what nights you and your friends prefer and just kind of rotate throughout the week


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 35th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 44th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 48th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 85th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
International Relations
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For a small school, CMC students are pretty spoiled by the array of eating options. While meal plans are required for freshmen, nobody minds because the food is so good.

Students at the Claremont Consortium can eat at any eatery on any campus—which adds some much needed variety to what would otherwise be a monotonous eating schedule. Collins Dining Hall is the only dining hall on CMC’s campus, and though it used to be one of the worst dining halls, it’s rapidly improving. With every meal, there are a variety of healthy choices, including a vegan and vegetarian section, and meat options that rotate. It’s cafeteria style, with several stations that offer a good variety of various ethnic and American classic eats. CMC has also renovated the café  in the student center, which serves foods such as smoothies, burgers, and nachos. Students migrate from school to school following the best meals (sushi at Scripps, tacos at Pomona, brunch at Pitzer, steak night at Harvey Mudd, and Little Italy at CMC).

The other major eating option at CMC is the Athenauem. The Ath is a semiformal dining room that hosts an array of impressive speakers. CMCers dress up, enjoy a classy meal, and a speech from leaders around the world. Some recent big names include Steven Levitt, W.S. Merwin, RuPaul, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. While the food is hit-or-miss, students always enjoy a night at the Ath.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$6600 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All students living on campus must have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Coop (at Pomona)
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Mozzarella sticks
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Your meal plan is useable at all of the dining options throughout the Five College Consortium.
Did You Know?
On very special, very wonderful nights, the In-N-Out truck will visit campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Collins Dining Hall
Location: Claremont McKenna
Food: Grille, vegetables, vegan, pizza, deli
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
The Coop
Location: Smith Campus Center, Pomona
Food: Burgers, salads, smoothies, shakes
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Frank Dining Hall
Location: Pomona South Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Frary Dining Hall
Location: Pomona North Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
The Grove House
Location: Pitzer
Food: Lunch selections
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 12 p.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons
Location: Harvey Mudd
Food: Pizza, rotisserie oven, sushi, ethnic, deli
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
The Hub
Location: Emett Student Center, Claremont McKenna
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snack foods
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Jay's Place
Location: Platt Campus Center, Harvey Mudd
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Malott Commons
Location: Scripps Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Mandarin Café
Location: Gold Campus Center, Pitzer
Food: Asian Pacific
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
McConnell Bistro
Location: Pitzer
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Motley Coffeehouse
Location: Scripps
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Oldenborg Dining Hall
Location: Pomona North Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Sagehen Café
Location: Smith Campus Center, Pomona
Food: Upscale restaurant-style; wraps, pasta, seafood
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

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