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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food is good, odd hours for college students though

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I generally like the food on campus, but the Mudd dining hall does not have a lot of vegan options, so I eat on the other 5c campuses a lot. The meal plan is also a bit frustrating because there's no plan for just lunch and dinner every day, and our meals do not roll over week to week, so if I have a field trip and special event one week I can't save up my meals for the next week when I want to eat at the dining hall.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Mudd has the best food at the 5Cs. My one complaint is that, like all colleges, the food is the same from week to week. That said, it's good food, with a steak night, a sushi night, and of course ice cream.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: While I've had few complaints with the dining hall food, I've heard griping from others who've tired of the food, which does seem to be on a fairly short rotation. There are usually ample options for each meal, though (except for vegetarians), and the rest of the Claremont Colleges are within walking distance if you lose your taste for Mudd's dining hall. Jay's Place is pretty good for a sandwich or pretzel late at night, but their pizza is subpar. The meal plans are mandatory in three-quarters of the dorms, and are rather restrictive, although they're in the process of revising the meals/flex distribution.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of Options – Being part of the five Claremont Colleges means that Harvey Mudd students can eat at any of the dining halls at the Claremont Colleges as part of the meal plan. We have 8, 12, or 16 meals a week plans, and also gives you "flex" - dollars you can spend at places around the Colleges, such as the late-night Jay's Place at Mudd, or the Pomona Coop, etc, for food/snacks. Mudders get flex that expires and is refilled every week (either 8, 12, or 16 flex dollars depending on meal plan). By the very end of the year, I was getting kind of bored of the food (it's a lot of mexican food), but I didn't visit a lot of the dining halls because I was too lazy to walk any further than the Mudd dining hall most of the time and change it up. Everyone must be on the meal plan, unless they are an upperclassman living in Sontag dorm, which have kitchens in the suites.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 248th
    Best Quality Food
  • 410th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 422nd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 459th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 703rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Yih-Jye Edward Wang
Hacienda Heights, Calif.
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The food on campus is decent. Breakfast on the weekdays and brunch on the weekends have a smoothie bar (students love this). One good thing about living in a five college consortium is that you have many more options for dining. If you don’t like the food at HMC, wander around and try the food at other campuses. Other options are buying macaroni from the Coop, waiting until Jay’s Place opens to get pizza, or cook for yourself. There are a lot of ways to avoid the dining hall blues. Rotation is the key to avoid eating the same meal day in and day out. However, because students have such busy schedules, sometimes even walking to another dining hall is just too much effort.

There are also specialty items that parents can order for their children through HMC’s Dining Services, such as care packages and birthday cakes. Students, be sure to take advantage of special events and tables run by Mudd. Mudders may complain a lot about the food, but it’s more an issue of variety than anything else. As long as you take the time to walk to another dining hall every once in a while, you’ll be able to avoid the repetition of HMC meals.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$7023 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Jay's Place
  • The Motley
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Students can use their meal plan at any dining hall location in the Claremont Consortium
Special Options
Meal card barbeques or special dinners
Did You Know?
  • Every year, all the students from the 5C eat together outside at one of the campuses, and all the different dining halls make their own different food in a sort of buffet-bar dinner.
  • The meal plan includes meals at every dining hall in the Claremont Consortium. It is set for 8, 12, or 16 meals, and an equal number of "Flex Dollars," which is money on the plan that may be spent like a pre-paid credit card but only for food.
  • There are language tables that gather occasionally at lunch, where people get together at a table and spend all of lunch speaking in a foreign language.
  • If you live in West, East, or Case Halls, there is a dorm table in the front of the Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons where you can go and make friends with people from your dorm. Why only West and East? Nobody knows.
  • The Coop down at Pomona is an excellent place to go shopping for Pop Tarts, macaroni and cheese, and other snack foods to tide you over through the week.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Hixon Court Food Cart
Location: Hixon Court
Food: Coffee, fruit, bagels
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons
Location: Hoch Shanahan Dining Commons
Food: Pizza, entrees, rotisserie cooked meats, vegetarian and vegan options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Jay's Place
Location: Lower level of Platt Campus Center
Food: Pizza, subs, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 10 responses

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  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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