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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Its alright. Wish the dining hall was larger and held more seating areas so its not a competition to find seating, but the food is okay. Needs a little more variety though.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Clark's on-campus dining options are literally the best. 99% of the food is delicious all of the time. There is so much variety and choice. The cafeteria also is environmentally friendly. Everything about eating here is amazing.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is always something to eat that you will find enjoyable. There are 7 stations in the main dining hall designed for their own section. We have a Bistro where you can swap that meal time period's meal plan for a meal there. Unfortunately, that only lasts until 9PM instead of going to 2:30 when the Bistro closes, at that point, you have to use your own money.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 111st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 149th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 188th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 223rd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 802nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Angela Wu
Bellevue, WA
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Everyone agrees: The campus food is bad. Worcester is filled with other schools and is close enough to Boston that most students have had the opportunity to compare Clark food to other colleges' food. The biggest gripe with the food always comes down to quality and selection, but the quality has improved since the University hired a new dining vendor. .The Bistro makes some palatable entrees, albeit for a high price, but it does offer midnight snacks for that all-nighter. Also, Jazzman’s Café is open until midnight, so drinks, brownies, and other tasty treats are available late, as well.

The food complaints at Clark are never-ending. Aside from the taste of the food, the Clark policy of requiring freshman and sophomores to remain on the meal plan leaves quite a bad taste in one’s mouth. The best way to go about food at Clark is to select the plan that puts the most money onto your Clark card as Dining Dollars, which can be used to buy meals at the Bistro, UC Caf, and Jazzman’s Café, as well as a few other places around campus. When students no longer need to be tied to the meal plan, they simply take their money for food and put it onto the Clark OneCard. This will enable students to spend their money just as they did when they were on the meal plan; however, they will now be refunded any money not spent by graduation, whereas before students would lose all their unused meals and Dining Dollars.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3300 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Sophomores are required, too
Student Favorites
  • The Bistro
  • Higgins Late Night
  • Jazzman's Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Domino's Pizza
Special Options
The Grind is an on-campus "club" open every night until 2 a.m. which hosts live bands, DJs and dancing, and it houses pool, Ping-Pong, and air-hockey tables.
Did You Know?
  • You can get some good food without ever having to leave your room! Call Domino's or Fantastic Pizza and order whatever you like on your Clark OneCard. Wait 20 minutes, and voila! Flex dollars are only for use with Bon Appétit and can't be used with off-campus restaurants. You have to put money on your Clark OneCard for ordering from these off-campus places. (Your Clark OneCard acts as a key to a number of services on campus including access to residential and academic buildings, meal plans, the CashCard Account, and the Debitek Account, which acts like a debit card. The Clark OneCard also acts as a library card and allows access to the Kneller Athletic Center and the Dolan Field House.)
  • Students have to use their designated meal swipes that week or they will be forever lost. Also, students are given three guest swipes each semester.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Bistro
Location: Higgins University Center
Food: A la carte and coffeehouse with cooked-to-order American food and a late-night menu with calzones, pizza, and snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Late-Night Thursday-Saturday 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Freud's Coffee House
Location: The Bistro
Food: Coffee and espresso drinks, pre-made sandwiches and salads, smoothies
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Academic Commons
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, wraps, yogurt parfaits
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
University Center Residential Dining Facility (Caf)
Location: University Center
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet with deli, grill, international fare, salad bar, vegetarian option
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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