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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: SO MANY OPTIONS. The dining system is great!

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is definitely sometime to eat for everyone regardless of your diet (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.). If you have allergies you can custom order meals a week in advance. Everyone get three meals swipes a day, one swipe per corresponding meal time. Meals are available online for everyone's viewing. We have several different places you can eat. There is Blanchard Student Center where you can get most fast food, junk food, and sandwiches from lunch until midnight usually (only food location with a price limit, otherwise, all other locations are buffet style), and on the weekdays, we have specials and a salad bar. As for other dining halls, we have several different dining halls with different menus. A popular dining hall is Prospect because it has daily special menu on top of it's normal menu.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We have seven dining halls one that is completely kosher and halal and there are vegetarian and vegan options served at every meal the food is amazing.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food is very restricting. It's frustrating that you can only get food at certain times and that you are forced to have a meal plan. Even if you wanted to cook your own food, the grocery store is very far and it's hard to find a kitchen to cook in.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Food is ok. It could be worse.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 8th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 29th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 35th
    Best Quality Food
  • 48th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alessandra Hickson
Philadelphia, PA
Art History
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Mount Holyoke students like to make little complaints about food, but the reality is that most people enjoy it. Since the board plan is required for all students who live on campus, food is extremely important. There is a wide range of student opinion on the topic of campus dining. Some say the food in Blanchard is too greasy. Other students say they love having so many options. Some say dining hall food is horrible, while others say they don’t mind it. In general, the food is edible, and there are always vegetarian and vegan options. However, it can sometimes lack flavor, and some of the more “creative” vegetarian alternatives tend to become the stuff of legend—not in a good way. Some things, such as meatballs, just weren’t meant to be vegetarian.

In recent years, Mount Holyoke has begun to compost in all dining centers, which can trip up first-year students at the dish line, but it certainly helps the environment. Dining Services has also made an effort to get more locally grown food from area farmers and even from the Mount Holyoke College Student Garden. In fact, one of the most popular Gracious Dinners of the year is the local food Gracious Dinner. While there are still complaints and kinks to be worked out, the food at Mount Holyoke is better than food at other schools according to those who’ve been to other campuses, so students count their blessings.


Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6200 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
Blanchard Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Rao's Food: Coffee, muffins, pastries Location: Library atrium Hours: Monday - Thursday 8a.m. - 11p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 9a.m. - 9p.m. Uncommon Grounds Coffee Bar Food: Coffee and coffee drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, bagels, pastries and desserts Location: Blanchard Campus Center, middle level Hours: Monday - Friday 8a.m. -9p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Did You Know?
  • Many dining halls have special features only available at that location, in addition to the regular offerings. Prospect has the Culinary Showcase, which provides extra options for lunch and dinner such as a stir-fry, a carving station, or soup bar. Ham-MacGregor has an Edy's soft-serve ice cream machine.
  • Every Sunday, lunch is replaced by brunch in dining halls. Foods such as scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, and gourmet muffins are available. Each dining hall that serves brunch has a specialty; for example, Prospect has a made-to-order omelette and waffle bar, and Abbey-Buckland has crêpes with a variety of fillings.
  • Private dining rooms are available in Abbey and North and South Rocky. These can be reserved (usually by student organizations wishing to hold a meeting), and students can have a measure of privacy while still eating in the dining hall.
  • Gracious Dinners, held at semi-regular intervals throughout the school year, are a long-standing Mount Holyoke tradition. They used to be formal affairs but now involve mostly just the addition of candles and special place settings to dining hall tables-but they are still something to look forward to. They are usually centered on a theme, such as African or Italian food. The Halloween and Valentine's Day dinners often feature more dessert than dinner!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Abbey-Buckland Dining Center
Location: Abbey-Buckland
Food: Station dining, including omelets and stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Blanchard Café
Location: Blanchard Student Center, lower level
Food: Grill, pasta, quesadillas, salad bars, sandwiches, soups, stir-fry
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Ham-MacGregor Dining Center
Location: Ham-MacGregor
Food: Breakfast, deli, ice cream
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Kendade Atrium
Location: In the corner of the lower level of Kendade Hall
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snacks, yogurt
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Prospect Dining Center
Location: Prospect, on the lake
Food: "Culinary Showcase," which can include nearly anything (pasta, pizza, soup/noodle bar, stir-fry)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Library Atrium
Food: Coffee, muffins, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Rocky Dining Center
Location: Rocky Dining Hall
Food: Deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Torrey Grab n' Go Dining Center
Location: Torrey
Food: Pre-packaged salads, sandwiches, snacks, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Uncommon Grounds Coffee Bar
Location: Blanchard Campus Center, middle level
Food: Baked goods, coffee, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Wilder Dining Center
Location: Wilder
Food: Asian, kosher/halal, Middle Eastern
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 a.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 49 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • 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 5 responses

  • 38% Wilder
  • 23% Blanchard
  • 23% Prospect
  • 15% Kendade Atrium Cafe



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