Taking in a meal at the dining halls, while not the best culinary experience, is certainly tolerable. A wide variety of food appears to be what makes the dining halls popular with students, and Shively is definitely a favorite among students thanks to its selection of hand-scooped ice cream. Boyd, though, is fast on the heels of Shively as the most popular dining hall because of its addition of paninis, wraps, salads, and sushi to its menu. Hopefully, other dining halls will follow suit and ditch some of the fried foods for healthier alternatives.
A downside to dining at OU is the lack of 24-hour places to eat. The dining halls usually close at 7 p.m. So, for students with late classes, it can be tough to get dinner. However, there are markets that are open pretty late, and Grab n' Go is very convenient for snatching a bagged lunch (too bad there's not one uptown at Bromley). Though students may complain about the dining halls at one point or another, there's no doubt that they'll be missing it once they move off campus and start living on Easy Mac. Overall, the dining halls provide good deals for students-they're convenient, the food is good, and changes are being made to accommodate vegetarians and those who want a healthier menu. If a tad too routine, as is the case with most University meal options, OU's dining halls at least find some creative ways to keep their options fresh for students.