Campus Dining

Macon, GA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus could be described as average. Mercer University possesses one dining room, one area in which a person could purchase food from Subway, Chick-fil-A, Burger Studio, or Ala Carte items like fruit cups, ice cream, and drinks, and a place called Bear Necessities (in which one can also purchase snacks, microwaveable meals, and other items a college student may need on campus). Mercer requires all freshman students to purchase an unlimited meal plan, and refuses to let a person upgrade to a 14-meal plan until he or she has complete 30+ hours. This plan is not horrible - it makes the university earn more money - but I believe if one has to buy an unlimited meal plan that better food should be served. The dining room is designed as a wheel, with the food choices all in the middle in a circle. There is a grill, salad bar, sandwich station, fried station, pizza, cereal, and dessert bar. However, one is not necessarily allowed to make their own food, except for getting cereal or a salad. The menu rarely changes. Despite that fact, though, it is food and I am grateful to at least have food to eat!
Many students can put Bear Bucks or Dining Dollars on their Bear Card (like a debit card) and use those at either Bear Necessities, the Bear Rock Cafe (includes the Chick-fil-A, Subway, etc.), or various restaurants around Macon. There are always options available, one just has to look for them sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The only thing I dislike about the campus dining is that it closes at 8 pm.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: At first, the food seems great and you love the cafe. Later on the year, though, you get tired of the same things over and over again as well there being a small number of options given in the taste good category. The meal plan cost way more than it is worth but it is a requirement for the first two years of you attending this college. The people who work in the cafe are really friendly and give a homely feel to the environment. Overall, you get used to the food options and the fact that nothing is open on campus after 11, and you figure out ways to obtain food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I mostly eat out. But when I eat on campus the food is alright. Nothing you would find in a 5 star hotel, but alright.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are several options but the quality compared to how much we pay for tuition is not equivalent or sensible. The cafeteria closes at 8:30pm through the week and on the weekend, it opens late and closes at 8:30pm. However there are other food options in the University Center.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1012nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 1073rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1143rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1191st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1267th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Seattle, Wash.
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Due to Mercer’s small size, there are only two real dining options on campus: the FFC cafeteria and the UC Food Court. The limited options for food can inevitably get repetitive; however, there are several off-campus dining options that are literally next door to campus, which helps to counteract Mercer’s small selection. Unfortunately, another con to Mercer dining is that there are not many truly healthy or vegetarian/kosher meals available on campus.

There are six meal plan options for Mercer students. Freshmen are required to get the Unlimited Meal Membership, which is the priciest of all the plans and amounts to unlimited meals all semester long at the FFC. After freshman year, there are more options available. Block plans tend to be the most popular—they provide 40, 85, or 120 total meals at the FFC per semester, plus dining dollars, which can be used at the UC Food Court. There are also two meal plans that offer 10 or 14 meals a week. Since upperclassman apartments have kitchens, many older students choose not to purchase a meal plan. Students without meal plans can still purchase food from both the FFC or the UC Food Court by paying cash, but this is not a popular option as it is somewhat expensive.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5453 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen and sophomores are required to get a meal plan regardless of housing status.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Fresh Food Company
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Chick-fil-A biscuits
  • Omelets from the omelet bar in the FFC
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Pasta from the FFC
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Options are limited after 11 p.m.
24-Hour Dining

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bear Necessities
Location: Connell Student Center
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Burger Studio
Location: University Center Food Court
Food: Grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Location: University Center Food Court
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fresh Food Company (the Cafeteria)
Location: Connell Student Center
Food: Grill, salad bar, various food stations, vegan options
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Side Bar Café
Location: Walter F. George School of Law
Food: Breakfast, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: University Center Food Court
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

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

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Cafeteria on the Weekend
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