Campus Dining

Hamilton, NY
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Definitely way better than what I expected from college food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: A few dining options on campus. Get's a little redundant at times.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is incredibly variable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining is basically what you would expect at college. Nothing too special but not bad either. You will get tried of Frank the main dining hall.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Terrible dining. Maybe something good like once every week.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 146th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 353rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 835th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 840th
    Best Quality Food
  • 986th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
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While the list of on-campus dining venues might not strike the casual reader as extensive, the Coop, Frank Dining Hall, the Cutting Edge Bistro, and the library café suit Colgate students just fine. Although a few months of eating from the same on-campus eateries can lead to monotony, the chefs and Dining Services staff do their best to bring a touch of whimsy to the dining halls, whether it be through farm-to-table preparations or a pig roast for a Hawaiian luau-themed night. Although it is wise not to expect first-class preparations, students need not look far to find something healthy, fresh, and tasty most meal times—and for those days when nothing seems appealing, there are always staples like the deli line, salad bar, and cereal.

In addition to the standard fare, Dining Services offers vegetarian, vegan, and kosher foods, and is equipped to meet any other dietary restrictions with notice. The one issue many students have with the on-campus dining options is the high prices—especially from the all-à-la-carte Coop—and while Dining Services is responsive to most requests and comments from students, this is one area on which they refuse to budge. Nonetheless, students are mostly pleased with the offerings the kitchens cook up each day, and they are especially pleased by the extensive hours of the Coop and library café, which are both open late to meet late-night cravings of chicken tenders and coffee, respectively.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5730 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
The Premier Unlimited meal plan, known to students as the first-year meal plan, gives students unlimited access to Frank Dining Hall, limited access to the Cutting Edge Bistro, 35 meals per semester to the Coop, and $200 flex dollars that can be used at any campus dining location.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Frank Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Cutting Edge Bistro
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • "Early riser" breakfast sandwiches from the Coop
  • Omelets from Frank Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken tenders and fries from the Coop
  • Custom salads from the Coop
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Chicken tenders and fries from the Coop
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Frank Dining Hall features a full organic bar and at least one vegan option per day.
Did You Know?
Weekends at Frank Dining Hall give students another reason to say "TGIF." Between the brunch with nearly every breakfast food imaginable (from fluffy Belgian waffles to custom omelets) and "Sundae Sundays," Frank really knows how to please.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Café
Location: Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Coop
Location: O'Connor Campus Center
Food: Grill, pizza, prepared foods, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
The Cutting Edge Bistro
Location: Bryan Complex
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Cutting Edge Market to Go
Location: The Cutting Edge Bistro
Food: Packaged, prepared foods
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Frank Dining Hall
Location: Frank Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

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