Campus Dining

Ripon, WI
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: On campus there is the Commons, a We Proudly Serve Starbucks station below the Commons; there is the Pub which is basically like a fast food restaurant; and then we have the Terrace which is kind of like the Commons, but they serve different food.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food here is horrible, sodexo is a horrific company to be using.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: It is good. A bit pricey

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Just terrible, Sodexo is the food provider and they are cheap. I eat sandwiches and cereal daily.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Repetitive and not that great.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 550th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 678th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 776th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 788th
    Best Quality Food
  • 992nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kate Amell
New Richmond, WI
Grad Year
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You will consistently get mixed reviews about the food on campus. Ripon's food service is Sodexo, and while the company has a great staff, the food and quality are a bit inconsistent. However, Sodexo is good about taking suggestions and comments, and making changes. It's also willing to accommodate special requests and eating habits. Vegans and vegetarians can request special meals in the Commons.

There are a few different places to eat at on campus. The Commons, which is the cafeteria with buffet-style eating, is probably the most popular. This place serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, with the exception of Sunday when it has brunch and dinner. One swipe of your card, and you can eat as much as you want. There is a wide variety, including sandwiches, soups, salads, healthy options, traditional meats, casseroles, veggies, grill food, cereal, desserts, fruit, and pizza. You can find something under each of these headers almost every time you go to the Commons. The Pub is another place to eat; it has grill food like burgers, chicken nuggets, and fries, in addition to à la carte items like candy bars, chips, sandwiches, and salads among other things. The Terrace is open in the evenings, and stays open later to accommodate students who work late or have late practices. It's a pizza and sub place with the option of room delivery. Lastly, there is a Starbucks on campus, which has drinks and bakery items available, as well as yogurt, water, and juices.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4030 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
If you live in the residence halls, you must have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Pickard Commons Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
"We Proudly Brew Starbucks" Coffee Shop
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Omelets
  • Pancakes or waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Pasta
  • Tacos/burritos
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream
Special Options
If a vegan or vegetarian lets the kitchen in the Commons know when he or she arrives, they will typically make a special entrée for the student. But it is up to the student to inform the kitchen staff if he or she feels like there isn't enough for him or her to eat, or if more options are needed.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

"We Proudly Brew Starbucks" Coffee Shop
Location: Pickard Commons, lower level
Food: Bakery items, coffee
Hours: Monday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m-2 p.m.
Pickard Commons Dining Hall
Location: Pickard Commons
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Pub
Location: Harwood Memorial Union, basement
Food: Grill food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
The Terrace
Location: Bovay Hall
Food: Pizza, subs
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

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


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