Campus Dining

Elizabethtown, PA
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Jays Nest is like a wawa

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: All the food is pretty good, there is alot of variety, alot of made-to-order choices, I can't pick a best or a worst

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The healthy options are questionable and so is all the food in general. Its not that good. Some things taste great but eating them all the time is boring. I rather cook my own meals.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is delicious, but the pricing is rather expensive. There is only two food options at school and the one closes rather early. They have many different options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are three places to eat on campus. The market place is setup like a buffet and have different things for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make your on wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and salads. The jays nest is open till 12 at night and has a lot of options.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 179th
    Best Quality Food
  • 364th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 382nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 585th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 943rd
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Klaski
English- Professional Writing
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The food at Etown is very good. It’s not gourmet, but they make a real effort to try and create some new and flavorful dishes for the students. The menu runs on a cycle, so a lot of the main meals will be repeated. However, there are a lot of stations, so if students don’t want to have a repeat meal, they can easily check out the other stations. Etown tries to have meals that cater to different cultures. There is always a vegetarian option, and students worrying about kosher foods can either request a special meal plan through the administrative offices or simply ask the servers about the preparation of the food. 

Meals plans are pre-purchased so it’s a swipe of the student ID card to get in. Students are allowed to swipe in a couple of guests, so long as they don’t do it too often. Otherwise, it can get expensive to eat in the Marketplace for people paying with cash, but the prices aren’t bad considering that the Marketplace is a buffet. The Jay’s Nest is very reasonable for cash payers. Items are regularly priced like they would be at a grocery store, and the made-to-order food is relatively cheap. For students, it is easy to go through Jay Bucks pretty fast if they eat in the Jay’s everyday.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4550 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
For the first semester, all freshmen are put on meal plan B. This allows for 220 meals in the Marketplace, or main dining hall, which equals out to about two meals a day. This plan also includes $150 in Jay Bucks, allotted money for the college retail food store. After the first semester, freshmen can request a meal plan change to either plan A or C. Plan A gives 320 meals and $50 in Jay Bucks, and Plan C gives 160 meals and $275 in Jay Bucks.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Marketplace is the general favorite because it does have the most variety. The Blue Bean , although not a dining hall, has the best coffee and milkshakes. The Jay's Nest has the best grilled food and quesadillas.
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Blue Bean is the favorite place to go for coffee and milkshakes. The Jay's Nest is the best place for grilled sandwiches and pizza.
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Egg breakfast sandwiches
  • Egg Jay (from the Jay's Nest)
  • Peach oatmeal
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken parmesan
  • General Tso's chicken
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Popcorn shrimp
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
The Jay's Nest
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
  • If a student does have special dietary needs or specific allergies, the college will stock food especially for him and have it stored in the back where it will be reserved for his use only.
  • The college does not deliver food to the dorms, but students can call ahead and have food made ready to go in the Jay's Nest.
  • There is always a vegetarian option in the Marketplace, from tofu to eggplant lasagna.
Did You Know?
Etown holds a few themed dinners throughout the year, including a Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Pirate's Day, and Mardi Gras dinner. They switch it up every year, so no one knows what dinners they'll decide to host. They do go all out for these themed dinners, including decorations (banners, art, candles, confetti, and statues), parades, and costumed staff. Dining Services, with the aid of the theater department, even created their own ship with working canons for Pirate's Day.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Blue Bean Café
Location: Brossman Commons, first floor
Food: Gourmet coffee, milkshakes, sweets
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Jay's Nest
Location: Brossman Commons, first floor
Food: Made-to-order deli, grill, pizza, quesadillas, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Marketplace
Location: Brossman Commons, second floor
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-7p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 29 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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