Campus Dining

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Tuition
$43,580
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pomona has 2 dining halls and you can eat at the other colleges dinning halls too. Out of the all the dinning halls at the colleges Pomona's aren't the best relative to the other 4 colleges, but that doesn't matter because you can eat anywhere you want. The food is amazing each dinning hall has its strengths and weaknesses. Scripps has great food, but doesn't have a lot of seating and long lines. Pomona's Frank dining hall has very good breakfast and brunch but its dinner isn't the strongest. There is tons of variety between the dinning halls and as long as you switch which dinning halls you eat at you will never get tired of the food.

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Great options ranging from organic and super-healthy to pepperoni pizza.
Love the dining halls!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 64th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 77th
    Best Quality Food
  • 84th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 103rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 114th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The quality of campus food service is a common target for complaint and ridicule among students, but Pomona actually does a pretty good job. No, it's not gourmet, nor probably even commensurate with your dear mother's cooking, but Pomona's dining halls offer a large variety of dining options. Students particularly laud the design-your-own meals, which range from pizza to stir-fry and have become more and more of a fixture in recent years. The option of attending the other colleges' dining halls also provides some needed variety. The dining hall staff also goes to great lengths, unfortunately with very mixed results, to meet the needs of those with dietary restrictions.

Pomona dining inspires mixed reviews. There are a staggering amount of options, but you get a nagging feeling that the food just isn't that fresh. However, preparing meals, day in and day out, for 1,400 hungry students with a whole slew of dietary preferences and restrictions must be a staggering task. There is a good dynamic between Frary and Frank dining halls, the former being an enormous, cathedral-esque hall, the latter being far more modern and varied in design. Vegetarians and vegans certainly won't starve, though they may end up eating a lot of plain pasta and bagels. Nightly "Snack," a sort of ad-hoc meal each weeknight from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, not only provides late-night sustenance, but serves as a sort of social event, as well. One thing you can definitely say for the dining hall staff is that they try very hard to mix things up. However, they are consistently inconsistent, which can at times be very frustrating for an on-campus diner.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
16
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5900 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Frank Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Omelets
  • Smoothies
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Burritos
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Snack at Frary
Student Favorites
The Coop Fountain
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Eating at other campuses—Collins (the CMC dining hall) and Mallot Commons (the Scripps dining hall) are particular favorites.
Did You Know?
  • Pomona's Frary Dining Hall is graced with a giant mural by Jose Orozco of Prometheus. The giant, fire-bringing half-god is pictured writhing amidst all sorts of dark and portentous figures, one of whom resembles a fetal fawn with a baby's head—just what students want to see when they're eating. In the '50s, when it was painted, the college officials were worried about female students seeing ol' Prometheus's package, and so they had it painted over. To this day, Prometheus, without whom none of us would have fire, remains emasculated.
  • Many students tout the merits of sneaking into Frank Dining Hall, which merely requires scaling a five-foot wall out back. Yes, it's easy (except when the back door is being guarded), but remember that crime doesn't pay. Unless you are really, really hungry and have no other options for obtaining sustenance. In that case, a good argument could be made for it paying.
  • It's also possible to sneak into Frary Dining Hall during off hours, but it requires scaling buildings and shimmying through ducts, and when you finally get in, all the food is locked away anyway.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Frank Dining Hall
Location: South Campus
Food: Varied, vegetarian options
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Frary Dining Hall
Location: North Campus
Food: Varied, vegetarian options
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Oldenborg Dining Hall
Location: Mid-Campus
Food: International
Hours: Monday–Friday 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 16 responses

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  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

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