Campus Dining

Location
Clinton, NY
Undergrads
1,868
Tuition
$44,350
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: the dining halls here try really hard to provide healthy and delicious food with variety.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at Hamilton is great. Bon Appetit is an award winning catering company and they offer really great, fresh food. The best thing about the dining is the variety that we have. We have a couple different dining options in addition to the 2 dining halls, and both dining halls offer a ton of options at every meal. You will never get bored.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: great food, great variety, great atmosphere – All of the food at Hamilton is really great. We have four different places to eat under our meal plan, as well as two cafés and a smoothie bar that serve lunch, snacks, and drinks everyday. In addition to food that is always fresh and tasty, Hamilton offers a wide variety of foods to choose from. At Commons you can find more traditional dining hall foods--pizza, a salad bar, food made on the grill, etc. At McEwen there will be more vegan and vegetarian options as well as different ethnic dishes that they serve every night. The Diner is always a fun spot to get typical diner-type foods as well as to enjoy music from the jukebox. Anywhere on campus is great to eat as well as to sit and socialize with friends.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Nothing Special, but More Than Adequate – It's not going to blow anyone away with its creativity, but they do a good enough job. The diner, especially, is a great place to grab some good greasy food, and the Little Pub does a great job with lunches--particularly when they do their once-a-semester lobster meal.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Daily lunch specials at Opus Cafe are worth the 5 extra bucks. Apple cheddar paninis are popular

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 135th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 171st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 214th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 315th
    Best Quality Food
  • 389th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sophie Vershbow
Hometown
New York City
Major
Government
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The best thing Hamilton has to offer is the 21 meal plan. Students can come and go as they please. Between classes, you can grab a cup of coffee and still be able to come back an hour later for lunch. Soper Commons has made-to-order sushi and pasta bar on the weekdays. Other options include an omelet and waffle bar for breakfast, grilled chicken and hamburgers all day, and an ice cream station. During all hours of operation, the salad bar and sandwich bar are available from 10 a.m. until closing. In addition, Commons weekday snack time is a great option for students who miss lunch, get hungry between meals, or want to meet friends and professors over a quick bite to eat. Late-night breakfast at the Diner is one of the most popular meals for students. The Howard Diner serves as an after-hours meeting spot on the weekends. Students are often found dancing in the isle or singing from the `50s-style booths to the music blasting from the retro jukebox.

Despite glowing praise of the food, there are a few problems with the dining facilities. A Howard Diner dinner costs six dollars, and with that money, you are limited to a sandwich, fries, and a drink. Equivalency dollars are based on the time of day, which means you don't get the same exchange value at breakfast and dinner. On the weekends, McEwen is closed, and that leaves Commons and the Diner as the only options. Not only is this an inconvenience to students living close to McEwen, but it makes other venues congested and overcrowded, particularly as Commons is the only eating area open for breakfast/brunch.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5110 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
The Howard Diner
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Students living in Rogers Estate or Woollcott House have the option of a limited meal plan and a private chef that prepares house breakfasts and dinners. Students living in the apartments at Griffin Road or off campus can choose smaller meal plans and cook meals in their private kitchens. Café Opus is also an on-campus facility, but is not run by Bon Appetit.
Did You Know?
  • During finals there is snack time in the library from 9-11 p.m. every night with cookies, donuts, and coffee. Each night of finals week also has something special like midnight breakfast or late night hot cocoa and candy in the pub.
  • You can put money on your All-Campus Card to use anywhere on campus, including Café Opus.
  • Every afternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Commons offers snack time. Snacks include frost your own cookie, make your own trail mix, chips and dip, and do-it-yourself nachos
  • With the 21-meal plan, you can go into Commons or McEwen more than once per meal. So, for example, you can have breakfast at 9 a.m. and stop in for coffee an hour later without losing a meal. Alternatively, the Pub and the Diner do not allow re-entry privileges, so once you use a meal at either place, you'll have to wait until the next meal to eat at any of the dining halls.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Green Café
Location: McEwen Hall
Food: Healthy, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Howard Diner
Location: Beinecke Student Activities Village
Food: American, entrées, wraps
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-5 a.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Little Pub
Location: Next to Beinecke Student Activities Village
Food: Beer, daily entrée, pizza, salad, pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
McEwen Dining Hall
Location: McEwen Hall
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Soper Commons Dining Hall ("Commons")
Location: North campus
Food: Deli, entrées, pasta bar, pizza, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

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