Campus Dining

Troy, NY
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: just watch what you eat

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I work in the dining hall so I know the ins and outs of the kitchen. It is poorly managed but they try their best to provide a variety of foods.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are two places that offer beverages and food, one is a cafe type while the other is the main cafeteria. I enjoy both places.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Being a graduate student, I do not take advantage of the camping dining halls. However, I do note that when I attend my classes in the evening, there are very little options for food at that time. Often times, the only option is the small store in the library, which does not have many options. They do offer healthy alternatives, such as fruit and yogurt.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Food but Bad Hours – There is only one dining hall on the Troy campus and the food there is usually decent, somtimes even really good but the hours are not very accomidating for athletes. There is usually a good variety. There is only one cafe on campus and its hours are a little better and the food there is usually good.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1304th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1309th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1336th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1350th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1352nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Foley
Troy, New York
Nutrition Science
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Buchman Pavilion Kiosk and Buchman Bistro have very high-quality food and also have a large selection of on-the-go meals. The price can be high, since everything is usually made from fresh ingredients, but the price is worth it because of the portion size. Students can use their Bonus Bucks in order to pay for food at the Buchman facilities. Buchman is known for having healthier options than the other dining hall on campus. The availability can vary in the sense that the Buchman Kiosk is open later than the Bistro section, which closes quite early.

McKinstry is the main dining hall for residents, but commuters can also get a meal plan to eat there, as well. The quality of food is average, but they do offer a wide variety of options. The price of an average meal plan can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500, depending on the student's year. The value of food is good because students pay in advance for their meals, so they can eat as much as they like. The dining hall does not offer kosher or organic foods, but it does try to make the meals healthy with vegetarian/vegan dishes and different ethnic foods for international students. In all honesty, despite the many options, varieties, and portion sizes, most students do not like the food offered at Sage and think it is disgusting.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5200 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All freshmen living on campus need to have the most expensive meal plan, which is around $2,400.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Buchman Pavilion Bistro
  • Buchman Pavilion Coffee Smoothie Kiosk
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • Starbucks
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagel
  • Breakfast sandwich
  • Cereal
  • Fruit
  • Muffins/English muffins
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken
  • Chicken patties
  • Mac and cheese
  • Ravioli
  • Rice and vegetables
  • Wraps or sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chips
  • Fruit cups
  • Whatever is in my room
24-Hour Dining
There are no 24-hour dining options available on campus.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Flex money can only be used at Buchman Bistro and Buchman Kiosk.
Special Options
The College does offer some special food services every once in a while. When students are sick, people who work at the Wellness Center will deliver food to students in their dorm rooms to prevent others from becoming sick. The College will also have trucks come to campus, such as the cupcake or ice cream trucks, which are great treats for all students to enjoy. If students have dietary restrictions, the campus dining halls will do their best to accommodate the student's food needs. They usually do not offer kosher foods unless necessary, but they do offer a variety of vegetarian or vegan options.
Did You Know?
Students will stock up on food from Buchman Kiosk and Buchman Bistro and bring it back to their rooms.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Buchman Pavilion Bistro
Location: Buchman Pavilion
Food: Deli sandwiches, grilled foods, made-to-order, salad bar, soups and chowders
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Buchman Pavilion Coffee Smoothie Kiosk
Location: Buchman Pavilion
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
McKinstry Dining Hall
Location: McKinstry Dining Hall
Food: Deli, desserts, grilled food, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 21 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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