Campus dining at Oxy is definitely a case of quality over quantity. While the food is good and well made, there's very little variety. There are only two places to eat on campus, the Marketplace and the Tiger Cooler, which can become very tiring, and those two places have fairly limited menus to choose from. A limited amount of choices to eat should be expected because of the small size of the school. Students say that the food is pretty reasonable, but it's the lack of choices that makes the dining experience at Oxy below par. If you want variety, your best bet is to eat off campus.
Most students would like more places to eat, or a way to spend meal money off campus or bring off-campus vendors in, but so far nothing has become of that. The food is better than most colleges, but not spectacular either, which coupled with the lack of variety makes it simply bearable. A lot of students have taken up the smallest meal plan, and then supplemented that with buying groceries off campus and making their own food on weekends. Since a meal plan is required with on-campus living, this appears to be the most popular solution to the lackluster meal selection. Other students eat off campus a lot, or get together and cook large communal meals together, too. Simply put, the dining is better than most, but the lack of variety can get very frustrating. No student ever complained that the food was outright bad in any of the surveys, but they did show a serious desire for more options. Because of the easily accessible grocery stores and nearby places to eat, eating was very low on most students' lists of problems they had with the school.