Campus Dining

McMinnville, OR
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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at my school is lacking. It is hard as a student to find healthy, delicious options. I just don't understand why this is the case considering we are in the center of farm country.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: everyone is excited to get off of the meal plan.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: With the terrible cafeteria food stereotype, you might worry about Linfield food. But I wouldn't worry too much. The food is fairly decent and there is enough variety to keep most satisfied. Sure it has some flaws, but on the whole, the food is decent.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food hardly varies, is extremely unhealthy, and only offered at certain times.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is pretty awful at Linfield. There's not a great variety and the food is all processed and pre-made. Sometimes you even get cold dinners. The coffee is pretty nasty. With Dilin Hall, it's either awful or tolerable. I personally find the meals so bad that I never use my declining balance dollars on lunch or breakfast and only eat in the cafeteria for dinner because that's what I'm paying for.
The bright side is that they're renovating the meal program this summer so hopefully things will improve...


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 680th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 888th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1018th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1197th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1255th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Mui-Chan
San Francisco
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Students have mixed feelings concerning the food on campus. Some remark that the food is pretty awesome and even fancy (with weekend brunch), while others describe the food as greasy, spicy, and even gross. The food descriptions depend on where and when students get their food. Dillin Hall is normally not too bad at lunch, with weekend brunch being the favorite and best meal of the week, featuring make-your-own waffles and omelets at the buffet stations. The Catty Shack is a pretty good place to get food or snacks, and can be a nice break from the dining hall.

The College tries to emphasize "Balanced Way Options," a nutritious approach to dining. There are dishes that range from Asian noodle cuisine to Italian strombolis. Salad lovers enjoy endless choices and combinations at the salad bar. Other on-campus food includes fresh smoothies, deli sandwiches, and Starbucks coffee at the Catty Shack, while O'Riley's features the Jazzman's coffee experience, as well as gourmet baked goods, salads, and various homemade sandwiches. Also, the Observatory, an on-campus convenience store, carries popular snacks, beverages, meals, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, canned goods, and salads and sandwiches that are prepared fresh daily. Although there are varieties of foods to choose from, like most campuses, anyone can get tired of on-campus food, so students should head out occasionally to dine with friends on the weekends and shake things up a bit.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4320 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen are required to be on the standard school meal plan if they are living in on-campus housing. The meal plan includes nine all-you-care-to-eat meals, in addition to a $625 declining balance card. The nine all-you-care-to-eat meals include dinner daily and Saturday/Sunday brunch. Your meal plan is connected to your Linfield ID card, which works similarly to a debit card. There are other meal plans a student can later participate in, such as the mini, light, or super plans.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Dillin Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Catty Shack
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast sandwich, sausage muffin
  • Breakfast wraps
  • Dillin brunch/make-your-own omelets
  • French toast sticks
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Curry rice/vegetables
  • Nachos
  • Pizza
  • Quesadillas
  • Salad bar
  • Spaghetti
  • Teriyaki chicken
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chai tea
  • Frozen yogurt with berries
  • Homemade baked goods at the Catty Shack
  • Ice cream bars
  • Smoothies
Student Favorites
  • Catty Shack
  • Dillin
  • Jazzman's
24-Hour Dining
Special Options
When there are special events and holidays, there will be distinctive menus prepared to fit the holiday; holidays include Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year, and special menus for Mother's or Father's Day when parents visit. The menu will consist of fancier, more elaborate meals during these holidays/special events. Also, dining services does offer vegetarian meals.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Catty Shack
Location: On campus/near Dillin Hall
Food: Homemade baked goods, late-night dinner meals, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Dillin Hall
Location: Dillin Hall
Food: Grilled food, international, made-to-order selections, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: Riley Campus Center
Food: Burgers, chips, coffee, desserts, French fries, fruits, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

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