Campus Dining

Lancaster, PA
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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The meal plan is a rip off and sodexo is not great quality food.

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4 College Student

Campus Dining: Dining hall is okay but there are a ton of options

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's not a home-cooked meal but if you play it right, you can eat healthy and nearly always fed.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Despite what you might hear, the dining hall is better than most. It has many options so you can go there three times a day if you want and still have a variety in your diet. The other options on campus are also helpful to ensure the food never becomes boring.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Not many places offer vegetarian/vegan options. This year new eating facilities have opened for a more broad variety.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 134th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 278th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 336th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 771st
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Glass
New York, N.Y.
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Although most agree that the food is better and has a larger variety and a better presentation, many seem to feel that the trade-offs in terms of space just haven’t been worth it. The changes at the dining hall are heralded with more optimism. Now there is a make-your-own waffle station and made-to-order omelets with a staggering array of filling options. The made-to-order pasta station is amongst the most popular food choices.

The addition of KIVO is a student favorite, and the chicken salad is a must have. Pandini’s, located in Steinman, is a vaguely Italian pizza and pasta lunch stand. Quizno’s occupies the porch of Marshall-Buchanan hall, which is a great place to eat after hitting the frats. There is also Jazzman’s on the ground floor at the Barnes and Noble bookstore. It is in a prime location for coffee or a muffin and provides room for students to socialize and work between classes. Again, the lack of space has become a common refrain, with fewer than two dozen seats in the immediate area. Hopefully, as the school gathers feedback on the changes, they will make a corresponding shift in practices. If you are a vegetarian or a health-conscious eater, good luck, because they options are fairly limited.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4420 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen and sophomores are required to buy 225 block meals, including five guest meals and $120 in Flex dollars (used only at the Common Ground, for retail items such as bottled soda, or for extras over the meal plan allotment).
Student Favorites
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Visit for a full listing. Some favorites include Dosie Dough and Sugar Bowl
Did You Know?
  • Block plans are more flexible than traditional meal plans because meals don't expire at the end of a week or month and are not as rigid about scheduled meals.
  • A Kosher, International, Vegan and Organic (KIVO) section has been added to the Restaurants at Ben Franklin to provide students with healthier options, as well as choices that adhere to certain dietary needs. All the food in KIVO meets kosher dietary laws.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy Building
Food: Crepes, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Distler
Food: Specialty coffees, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Location: Steinman College Center
Food: Pizza, pasta, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Marshall-Buchanan patio
Food: Toasted subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-1 a.m.
Restaurants at Ben Franklin
Location: Between North and South Ben Franklin dorms
Food: Buffet-style entrees, American deli, Italian, Mexican, soup
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

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



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