Campus Dining

Atlanta, GA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall is the mail place to eat and the variety is not all that bad, the cooking process though, if vegetarian, is a huge concern. It's best to prepare your own meal at the self serve stations.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The cafeteria has a soul food line which features various southern dishes. There is always pizza, omelettes, and hamburgers available. There is a stir fry line for vegans as well as a salad bar. There is extra dining available on campus such as Subway, Starbucks, Sushi, Grill Works, and Jamba Juice.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not a fan of café food, however, it gets me by. Not a big choice, but you can always on fried Chicken Wednesdays.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The cafeteria is not good. The options are sometimes scarce and not appetizing. The food court is okay. We have subway, a grill that serves chicken fingers, burgers, fries, ect., and a sushi bar. I mostly use my meal plan in the food court because eating in the cafeteria is disappointing.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: My first semester at Spelman, the food was horrible! I saw roaches crawling around the food, found ants and other tiny things in my drinks multiple times, and plates and silverware were not clean. Also, the variety of food did not fit everybody. My second semester at Spelman College, after the new eateries had been built, the cafeteria improved. The eateries are kind of expensive though so I try not to eat there as much. The prices remind me of an airport.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1270th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1274th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1282nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1335th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1364th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Candace Wheeler
Stone Mountain, GA
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Spelman only offers two choices when it comes to dining. You can either go upstairs to the cafeteria or go downstairs for somewhat of a fast food experience. Many students agree that the food is just mediocre. The hours that you can eat are also rigid. You cannot find hot food on campus 24 hours a day. In fact, there is no such thing as a late dinner in the campus cafeteria either. Dinner ends at 6:30 p.m., and if you don't get in by then, you can go downstairs and grab something to eat at the the Jaguar Underground (the "Grill"). The weekends are the worst. The downstairs option is not available on Saturday, so you are forced to eat in the cafeteria. Within the dorms, you will find that you can microwave meals and prepare quick items; however, you cannot have refrigerators or cooking devices inside your actual room. The good thing about the Spelman meal plan is that it is included in your tuition, and your ID card gives you access and is preloaded with $25 for the the Grill. After that, you have to stock up the card on your own. It seems like the highlights of the week for most students are fried fish Friday, fried chicken Wednesday, and the Spelman Sunday brunch. Other than that, students don't have much to say about eating on campus. It is safe to say that perhaps this is not one of the strong points of the College.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
  • At one time, students from other schools would sneak into the Spelman cafeteria to eat because it had the best food in the Atlanta University Center!
  • As of Fall 2008, Spelman now has two dining halls, the oldest being located in Upper Manley and the newest in the Spelman Suites.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Alma Upshaw Dining Hall
Location: Manley College Center
Food: Hot entreés, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soup, stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Jaguar Underground (aka "The Grill")
Location: Manley College Center
Food: Grill, Krispy Kreme, pizza. sandwiches, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • 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

  • 60% Grille Works
  • 40% Nothing. A lot of it isn't healthy.

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

  • 100% The cafe
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