Campus Dining

Greenville, SC
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1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at Furman is probably the thing that Most students complain about. If you don't believe me, down load the app Yik Yak. It is an app that allows students to anonymously make comments on campus based on location. About 50% of these posts are about how bad the food is. Aramark runs Furman's food program. They have a scale from 1-8 based on food quality that they can provide. Prison food (which they supply a lot) has a food quality of 1. Furman's food quality that they are willing to pay for through Aramark is a 3. Students pay $55,000 a year to go to Furman and eat terrible food. The hours are weird and they make you buy a meal plan even though you can go to the grocery store for an entire year and make your own food for half the price of campus meals.

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining hall is not very good and the other places don't serve anything that wonderful and is very overpriced.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Some of the foods are not appealing at all, but there are a variety of foods to choose from.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not terrible but definitely not very good. Stay away from the Dining Hall on Friday evenings.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining hall and paladin dining area are both alright. You'll probably be tired of the food after the first month. The university definitely serves better food during the tour dates and when parents are on campus than they do at any other point in time. Especially avoid dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I'd say the most frequented places on campus are Moes or Einsteins (which is open at night for late-night studiers in the library) and both are very good.
Honestly, the most frustrating aspect of the dining experience is that you can't elect to not have a meal plan. Even if you choose to not eat on campus you'll still have to pay for some kind of meal plan. It's yet another way that Furman rips its students off.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 239th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 251st
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 586th
    Best Quality Food
  • 640th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 658th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tenell Felder
Columbia, SC
Political Science/Communications
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Eating anywhere every day will get old, and the same is true with dining at Furman. There are really only two places to eat, the Dining Hall and the Pala Den food court, but each offers a wide variety of food. There are some healthy options in both places, but there is a time in every student's life when nothing looks worth eating but the cereal. Freshmen rarely use all of the meals on their required plans, and they often run out of points on their cards to use in the Pala Den. Each point is equal to a dollar, and more money can be added to the card to supplement the points that come with a meal plan. Avid coffee drinkers usually run out of points quickly after too many visits to the Tower Café.

Dining Services truly tries to serve the students by giving them what they want. There are little comment cards that students can fill out, and some things really do get changed. The quality of food in the Dining Hall seems to be pretty good compared to most schools, and they try to make the dining experience the least cafeteria-ish possible. Dinner in the Dining Hall on weekend nights is, however, never a good idea. Another problem is that there are no places to get food on campus after 9 p.m., a pretty early hour in the life of a college student.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4805 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Pan Geos
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Upperclassmen usually get smaller meal plans and cook meals and eat in their apartments. Food points can also be purchased and put on your Pala-Card. When used, the balance declines like a debit card. It is accepted at all on-campus dining facilities.
Did You Know?
Every year before Thanksgiving and winter break, the Dining Hall serves huge holiday feasts. They decorate, play music, dim the lights, and serve an amazing meal with every possible holiday dish.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Ben and Jerry's
Location: Pala Den Food Court
Food: Ice cream
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Charles E. Daniel Dining Hall (DH)
Location: Near the UC
Food: Cafeteria food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Pala Den Food Court
Food: Chicken
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Coffee Cart
Location: John E. Johns Hall
Food: Coffee, juice, bottled water, muffins, bagels, fruit
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-10 a.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Furman Dining Hall
Food: Bagels, sandwiches, coffee, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Sidelines
Food: To-go food like parfaits, salads, sandwiches, wraps, snacks, and fruit
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:45 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8:45 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Sidelines
Food: Yogurt and ice cream
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:45 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8:45 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
Grille Works
Location: Pala Den Food Court
Food: American fast food
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Montague's Deli
Location: Pala Den Food Court
Food: Deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Pan Geos
Location: Pala Den Food Court
Food: Salads, pitas, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Salad Garden
Location: Pala Den Food Court
Food: Soup and made-to-order salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Pala Den Food Court
Food: Desserts
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Tower Cafe
Location: In the UC, next to the bookstore
Food: Starbucks, pastries, gourmet sandwiches and salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-8 p.m.

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