Campus Dining

Location
Northampton, MA
Undergrads
2,643
Tuition
$41,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food on campus tastes fine. You're not going to miss it post graduation, but you'll definitely think it's great when you first arrive. Beware, you're paying for way more than you're getting. Sleep late on the weekends because you're not getting brunch until 11, and don't stay up late to study unless you want to buy snacks with your ten dollars of "free" campus cash.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I really enjoy the dining hall system but it doesn't suit everyone.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Even though Smith has so many dining halls, it does not really make it better. The quality is fine but the variety is somewhat limited. We do have Asian dining hall but the food there is not good and it is often crowded. In fact, because of its limited hours, all dining halls can be super crowded during certain time period (12pm as most students have classes at 1pm). The dining halls often run out of food/silverwares/plates/bowls. At least two to three dining halls will have the same menu and do not expect anything better at Campus center (expensive and lack of choices).

Also, some dining staff are really mean and can be discriminate toward minorities. But there are some amazing people in the dining services.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Students can go to any dining hall on campus during meals and they all have delicious options. Unfortunately only one stays open past ~7 (mostly for the athletes after evening practice).

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 18th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 22nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 66th
    Best Quality Food
  • 69th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Hometown
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Major
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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For years, the decentralized dining system was one part of Smith’s goal to foster on-campus communities. Most houses had in-house dining rooms and kitchens, so students, for the most part, ate with their housemates. To accommodate the desire for more options while dealing with a budget crisis, a dining committee submitted a proposal for a more consolidated dining system. As a result, several dining rooms closed and others are only open for dinner during the week, but students can now access any dining room during meal times. This allows students to bounce around to different dining halls each night, giving them more options when it comes to what and when they want to eat. Many students are embracing the new variety of meals available, but some still struggle to cope with overcrowded dining rooms. The house community is also suffering because individual house dining rooms provided a way for students to get to know everyone in their house. However, there are special Thursday night house dinners, where houses eat together at one dining hall and the dining staff places white tablecloths and candles on the tables, which help keep the house community strong.

Smith has recently started buying much more of its ingredients locally, which is a great part of the College’s new green, sustainable initiative. Everyone's favorite food day of the year is Julia Child Day in the fall. On this day, recipes from Child, an alumna of Smith, are made in every dining hall using delicious local ingredients. It is a very special and much-loved event that helps everyone relax before Thanksgiving break and reminds everyone how hard the dining staff works to make the students happy.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6920 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students who live on campus must be on the Smith meal plan, unless they live in one of the co-ops or Friedman apartments, since they are equipped with kitchens.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Lamont
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Campus Center Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Chicken apple sausage
  • Egg sandwich
  • Hash browns
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Grilled cheese
  • Noodle bowl
  • Tacos
  • Veggie soup/chili
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Pizza from Campus Center Café
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Smith offers halal, kosher, vegan, and vegetarian options. Students with a food allergy can contact Dining Services to come up with suitable alternatives.
Did You Know?
There is a signed poster from Julia Child in the dining hall of Hubbard House, where she lived as a student in the 1930s.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Campus Center Café
Location: Campus Center
Food: Coffee, pizza, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Chapin
Location: Chapin House
Food: Grab-and-go and traditional items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Chase/Duckett
Location: Chase House and Duckett House
Food: Traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Comstock/Wilder
Location: Comstock House and Wilder House
Food: Asian
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cushing/Emerson
Location: Cushing House and Emerson House
Food: Salad, sandwiches, soup, traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cutter/Ziskind
Location: Cutter House and Ziskind House
Food: Halal, kosher, traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Gillett/Northrop
Location: Gillett House and Northrop House
Food: Vegan, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Hubbard
Location: Hubbard House
Food: Grab-and-go, healthy options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
King/Scales
Location: King House and Scale House
Food: Traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Lamont
Location: Lamont House
Food: Traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Morrow/Wilson
Location: Morrow House and Wilson House
Food: Traditional meals
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tyler
Location: Tyler House
Food: Pasta, salad, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 Pp.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 49 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 38% Campus center cafe
  • 25% Gillette
  • 12% Comstock/Wilder
  • 12% Lamont
  • 12% Tyler late dining

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% Lack of late night options
  • 30% Limited selection at each dining location
  • 10% Some dining staff are nightmares!
  • 10% Asian food

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% There is no meal plan! just go eat!
  • 33% Convenient
  • 17% You can bring a tupperware to the dining hall!
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