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Roanoke, VA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is limited time that closes at 7:00 pm which is very soon. The use of organic is increasing.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They try to offer different options to those who are vegan, vegetarian and have to have gluten free meals, but the overall quality of the food is not that exciting and the hours are not that flexible sometimes.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Our school cafeteria is run by the Sodexo catering company. To be frank, it sucks, simply because of its lack of variety and catering to students with special health needs. However, one should always anticipate special visits from guests, parents or prospective students, knowing that the Moody Center will flourish into top-notch restaurant standard. When those days are gone, we suffer.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Moody is notorious for putting its best foot forward on days prospective students and their parents are visiting, so you think the food is amazing. Very quickly you will realize that their food quality is not the best it could be -- partially because of Sodexo, its provider. Vegetarian options are rather poor, unless you like eating salad every single day. You also have to be very mentally present in your food choices to stay eating healthy. I gained weight my first year here just because I wasn't paying close enough attention.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There's a limited choice of food. I've had to switch to eating some types of meat because of the lack of options. The hours are weird. It is not the most healthy choice, but it's all that the school has.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1054th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1247th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1277th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1302nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 1310th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Melissa Hammond
Dayton, Ohio
English (Creative Writing) and Studio Art
Grad Year
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The buffet-style cafeteria at Hollins has been known to get creative. Students have reported such delicacies as sloppy joe quesadillas, French toast with parsley, baked apples with cheese, bacon and peanut butter sandwiches, grilled cheese and apple sandwiches, s’more quesadillas, pizza hamburgers, cheeseburger pizza with mustard and ketchup on top, and smashed hot dog buns posing as dinner rolls. Hey, at least they promote recycling. Can you imagine letting those hot dog buns go to waste?

Most students agree: The cafeteria food is not worth the price. Sure, sometimes the dining hall serves something delicious, like baked chicken or lasagna, and you can always find pizza, French fries, hamburgers, sandwiches, ice cream, and salad. Plus, the dining staff are friendly and will prepare you special food if you ask. But after a few weeks of eating the same greasy stir-fry or flavorless pasta dish every night, students start to get homesick for mom and dad's cooking.

To further frustrate students, Hollins requires that all resident students pay for the meal plan unless they have special medical conditions. Luckily, if students get sick of the cafeteria or miss meal times, they can head downstairs to The Rat, a snackbar where they can use flex dollars (included in the meal plan) to buy sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers, sodas, and candy. Many students also spend flex dollars at Jazzman's Café, where they can buy coffee, tea, and pastries. Still, many students feel that paying for the meal plan is a waste of their money, especially if they want to prepare their own food.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4520 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Moody Dining Hall. It's the only one.
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon
  • Bagels
  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Cottage cheese
  • Do-it-yourself waffles
  • Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Grits
  • Made-to-order omelets
  • Tator tots
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken tenders
  • Chicken tortilla soup
  • Cooked-to-order beef
  • Curry
  • Lasagna
  • Parmesan chicken
  • Pizza
  • Roasted chicken
  • Taco bar
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Pita and hummus from The Rat
  • Smoothie from The Rat
  • Vending machine snacks
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Since there is no 24-hour dining option on campus, many students frequent the local Kroger or the Roanoke Co-Op to stock their dorm rooms. Students quickly learn that their hunger doesn’t always coincide with the dining hall hours.
Did You Know?
  • Expect to witness a variety of skits in the cafeteria. Various clubs take advantage of the lunch crowds to announce events or to have their members entertain the dining students. This is especially prevalent during Ring Night weekend.
  • The food in the dining hall is always tastier when prospective students come for the fall open house.
  • For the same amount of money, students can choose from three different meal plans. Options include the Standard Plan (19 meals/week, $125 flex/semester), the Flex Plan (14 meals/week, $270 flex/semester), and the Apartment Plan (12 meals/week, $400 flex/semester). Flex money can be used in Jazzman's and The Rat and can pay for guest meals in the dining hall.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Jazzman's Café
Location: Hollins Bookstore
Food: Coffee, tea, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Moody Dining Hall
Location: Moody Student Center
Food: Buffet-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Rat
Location: Moody Student Center basement
Food: Burgers, quesadillas, smoothies, salads, sodas, candy
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

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