Campus Dining

Location
Grove City, PA
Undergrads
2,469
Tuition
$14,880
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Food is salty and dry most of the time. Meat is always overcooked.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is not that great. Bon Appetit (the company that provides the dining options) has its good days, but mostly not that great and occasionally borderline horrific. I have heard that the food has been better in past years and is just declining in quality. Bon Appetit loves to post signs and talk about how wonderful, organic, local, and "cage free/free range" their food is, but quite frankly, it just isn't all that great as a whole. Sherry runs a great omelet station for breakfast in MAP that is hugely popular (get there early to get in line!) and the crepe station is also a big hit. The pork is usually good as well. The Geedunk (in the student union) has a nice dining option that can be used with a meal credit (you can bag up the food and take it anywhere with you) but the options are limited and get old after awhile. If you want really good food, go to the Food Feedback Forums that are every other week. They are put on by Bon Appetit and the Student Government Association and there is always really good food, proving that Bon Appetit CAN make really good food when they want to!

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Hours are awful. Forced 21 meal, meal plan but can use 3 a day at most and they must be one at breakfast, one at lunch and one at dinner. Very regimented and poor quality. Invest in a Microwave.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is repetitive after awhile, but there is some selection so you can usually find something.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is a lot better than other campuses, but it's not like a home cooked meal.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 215th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 325th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 602nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 753rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 805th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

John Kloosterman
Hometown
Kalamazoo, MI
Major
English
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Food at Grove City College is a favorite campus gripe-humorously spoofed in stand-up comedy and original songs. The dining halls, Hicks and MAP cafeterias, serve a nearly identical menu provided by Bon Appetite food service. Unless students commute, they are required to purchase a 21-meal plan-a widely unpopular policy among students. However, while many students cast a suspicious eye on cafeteria entrées, the cereal options, salad bar, and dessert options make it rare for students to leave meals hungry. Weekday breakfasts at MAP cafeteria offer a wide selection of fresh fruits and a while-you-wait omelet bar. Specialty salads at lunches and carved meats or other chef specialties at dinner often save a meal and bring students much closer to the home-style cooking they inevitably miss. Soups can be good, but a note of caution is in order. Avoid soups that look, smell, and are titled in a suspiciously similar way to yesterday's casserole. Not counting your carbs? Even better. Bon Appetite does an excellent job on its breads and pastries.

If you miss a meal or need a late-night pick-up, the Geedunk (Gee) in the student union has just the thing. The newly renovated and expanded facilities offer a full bistro, grill, and pizza from an authentic wood-fired oven. The Bon Appetite company also services the student union, but the food quality is better than in the cafeterias. Chicken tender wraps are a traditional favorite with Grove City students. Grovers can be sure to get a good-tasting caffeine kick from a full range of Starbucks products sold at the Gee.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3264 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
The same full 21-meal plan is required for all students.
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Geedunk is a snack bar in the Student Activities Center that is perfect for a quick bite or a pizza, but it does not accept the student meal plan.
Did You Know?
"Geedunk" is the word for "mess hall" on a ship, and the College's "Gee" traces its name back to a unique Navy origin. During World War II, the Navy used Grove City College facilities as training grounds for their men to learn radio signals. Ketler and Lincoln dormitories served as barracks. To honor Grove City's participation in the war, the Navy named a ship "USS Grove City Victory."

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Gedunk
Location: Student Activities Center (SAC)
Food: Coffee, desserts, grill, pizza, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Hicks Dining Hall
Location: Hicks Dormitory
Food: Burgers, home-style dishes, sandwiches, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
MAP Dining Hall
Location: MAP Dormitory
Food: Hot entrees
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

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