Campus Dining

Location
Mankato, MN
Undergrads
11,494
Tuition (in-state)
$15,010 ($7,531)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The caf food is terrible but most other places on campus are good.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I don't eat on campus a lot, but there are plenty of restaurants and stores where you can get a bite to eat.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: I would not know much about the dining experience in the dorms because I moved into an apartment when I got the chance; rather than eat in the cafeteria, I cooked my own meals and ate at home.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: I did not get a meal plan. The food in the cafeteria was terrible at orientation (when it is supposedly the best) and everyone complained about it when they would eat there. I cooked on my own a lot in the dorm kitchen.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food in the food court is delicious.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 198th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 389th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 570th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 628th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 766th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Britt Johnson
Hometown
Minnesota
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There are two cafeterias on campus, Gage and Carkoski (Carko), which are very different. While the options are similar, Carkoski’s food and service is higher quality. The cafeterias are always trying to improve the food by hosting focus groups and offering student comment cards, where students can request different meals. Without student input, the menu becomes redundant, and some students find that after awhile of eating in the cafeteria, they cannot stomach the food anymore. Luckily, there are other options besides the cafeterias. The Centennial Student Union (CSU) has a Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, Jazzman's Café, and a handful of other venues. There are also vending machines all around campus with snacks and sometimes even sandwiches.

Advice to incoming freshmen is to get the Maverick 160 meal plan. It allows 160 meals per semester that can also be transferred over to Flex Dollars, which is money students can use at different locations on campus, such as the CSU, at a rate of $5 for every one meal. This helps a lot when the food in the cafeteria becomes unappealing. Overall, the food here is a decent but very redundant; however, it is a much improved step up from high school food.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Freshens
  • Jazzman's Café & Bakery
  • Taco Bell
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Premium Meal is one day a year when each cafeteria offers really, really good food based on a theme. Past themes have been surf and turf and Mardi Gras-style food.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

1872 Grill
Location: Julia Sears
Food: Convenience store, grab-and-go items, grill
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Carkoski Dining Hall
Location: Carkoski Commons
Food: Chef creations, deli, desserts, homestyle entrees, pasta, pizza, salad, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Chet's Place
Location: Carkoski Commons
Food: Grill items
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Chick-fil-A
Location: Centennial Student Union, upper level
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Freshens
Location: Centennial Student Union, upper level
Food: Smoothies, yogurt
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Gage Dining Hall
Location: Gage
Food: Chef creations, deli, desserts, homestyle entrees, pasta, pizza, salad, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Grill 155
Location: Centennial Student Union, upper level
Food: Grill items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jazzman's Café & Bakery
Location: Centennial Student Union, upper level
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
La Vincita
Location: Centennial Student Union, lower level
Food: Italian, pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Market
Location: Centennial Student Union, upper level
Food: Homestyle items
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mein Bowl
Location: Centennial Student Union, lower level
Food: Asian
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Myers Marketplace
Food: Baked goods, grab-and-go items, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Quick Zone
Location: Gage
Food: Convenience store, grab-and-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Simply to Go
Location: Centennial Student Union, upper level
Food: Grab-and-go items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Simply to Go
Location: Wissink Hall
Food: Coffee, grab-and-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Stacks Deli
Location: Centennial Student Union, upper level
Food: Sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Taco Bell
Location: Centennial Student Union, upper level
Food: Mexican fast food
Hours: Saturday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 39 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 35% Noodles
  • 24% Taco Bell
  • 18% Chik-Fil-A
  • 12% Dining Services
  • 12% Chets

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% The caf
  • 50% The ONLY dining hall we have

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Flex dollars don't carry over each semester
  • 33% The caf food isn't that great

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Flex dollars. Eating at on campus restaurants

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