Campus Dining

Claremont, CA
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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: 7 dining halls, and so many options. Scripps is known for having many healthy options, including one of the best salad bars and a variety of vegan/gluten free options. There is definitely something for all dietary needs, and the food is extremely appetizing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I can eat at any of the college in the consortium, giving me plenty of options to choose from each day. Each dining hall provides plenty of healthy options and for the majority of the time makes excellent food.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: very good and lots of dining halls with different options everywhere

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is awesome. Having all the college's dining halls to choose from means you never get bored and I don't see how you would with such gourmet options. I'm a vegetarian and I never struggle to find healthy options for me. I honestly eat healthier and better when I'm at school than when I'm at home. There's fresh fruit and vegetables and if you're in a rush they encourage taking food to go. The environment in the dining halls is really low pressure and if you walk into any one of them you're sure to see someone you know so while eating alone is totally okay you would only have to do that if you wanted to.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: After four years of dining hall food, it does get old. However, I really can't complain. There are always fresh options, lots of variety (there are other dining halls on neighboring campuses, too), they take suggestions/homemade recipes, and there are ALWAYS fresh cookies! The biggest complaint I have is that dining halls have hours and there are not a lot of late-night options, so planning is necessary. You definitely get the bang for your buck, though. I personally really like CMC and Pitzer dining halls for lunch. I bring back a cup of yogurt from dinner and eat it for breakfast. You can easily make it work for you.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 58th
    Best Quality Food
  • 60th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 78th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 105th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenna Tico
Santa Barbara, CA
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It is well known that Malott, the Scripps dining hall, is the most favored of the Claremont colleges. Popular favorites include the hot grill, the exhibition bar, weekly sushi day, and infamous freshly-baked chocolate cookies that melt in your mouth. Vegetarian and vegan foods are also readily available, although the selection is rather small, and there is not a very large range of choices. In 2003, Malott had become so crowded during meal times that Scripps students decided to have "Scripps Only" hours so that Scripps students could eat at their own dining hall without fighting a crowd. Students do get tired of Malott day in and day out, but compared to most colleges, the food at Scripps is gourmet.

When students do not want to eat at Malott, they are able to dine at the dining halls of other campuses with their meal plan, so the variety is very good. Next to Malott is the Motley, which is a social hub on campus that serves coffee and other drinks. The Motley sells all-organic foods, ranging from all-natural gum to health shakes and organic cookies. Here students are able to study, relax, and pick up a healthy snack. Of course dining hall food day after day will begin to get sickening, and this is when having the choice of five campuses to eat on is a lifesaver.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$6188 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Coop Fountain
  • Motley
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
There are some special night deliveries from places such as Mix Bowl and pizza places, but the variety is extremely limited. Students also enjoy Shakedown Organic Eatery.
Did You Know?
  • Malott has its own pastry chef.
  • Scripps meal plan can be used at any 5-C dining hall.
  • The Motley has a band night every Thursday and Sunday.
  • Tea is held every Wednesday afternoon, and monthly candlelight dinners are open to all students.
  • On Tuesday nights, Malott hosts snack night with an array of cereals, fruit, cookies, and deep-fried foods.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Collins Dining Hall
Location: Claremont Mckenna
Food: Favorite Dish: Very basic dining, much more hearty than other campuses
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
The Coop Fountain
Location: Pomona
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Frank Dining Hall
Location: Pomona
Food: Basic college dining, not much variety
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Frary Dining Hall
Location: Pomona
Food: Less variety than other halls, but more individualized with chefs to put together dishes to your personal preference
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons
Location: Harvey Mudd
Food: Pizza, rotisserie, vegetarian, vegan
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
The Hub
Location: Claremont Mckenna
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Jay's Place
Location: Harvey Mudd
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Malott Commons
Location: Scripps
Food: Gourmet, typically fancy and creative desserts, some vegan
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
McConnell Dining Hall
Location: Pitzer
Food: Pizza, salad, traditional, vegan, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Motley Coffeehouse
Location: Scripps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m., 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sagehen Café
Location: Pomona
Food: Coffee, organics
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Shakedown Organic Eatery
Location: Pitzer, Gold Student Center
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 18 responses

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


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