Campus Dining

Towson, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$19,754 ($8,132)
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's like 20 places to eat on campus soo yea freshmen 15 is real

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love the quality and variety of food we have, even in our dining halls. However, I wish that more places were open longer hours on the weekends, because I don't really like to eat off campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: If you commute to campus, the meal-plans are very convent.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I dont't have a meal plan but if I have money I will occasionally buy food. It's pretty good for the price offered.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The options are not horrible, but I prefer to bring a lunch.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 63rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 123rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 155th
    Best Quality Food
  • 157th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 224th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louise Salbego
Baltimore, MD
English Literature
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Campus dining can be good or bad depending on what dining hall you choose to go to. The Susquehanna Food Court in the University Union is a decent eatery where a student can find Chick-fil-A, pizza, and a deli. Students express their love for the Patuxent because it provides an alternative to the typical mess-hall food. The Glen is a renovated dining hall that students are torn on—some love the renovations and the convenient location between the Towers, but others are still frightened by what the Glen used to be like. Newell is regarded as the mess hall with a variety of options that many students enjoy, as well. There's also the Newell Dining Hall, which has a great salad bar, kosher food, and all-you-care-to-eat options.

As a whole, students find the food okay at Towson and generally better than the food at other schools. The dining halls have many unique attributes that students just love—especially at the Patuxent. It is safe to say, though, that the food on campus lacks appreciation because of the outstanding off-campus dining selection.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4734 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • Newell Den (usually just called "The Den")
  • Patuxent Grille
  • Paws
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
You can use your One-Card at lots of places. For a full list, check out Towson Web site. Some spots include Bill Bateman's, Domino's, and Fractured Prune/Lee's Ice Cream.
Special Options
There's a Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and Sbarro (which even delivers!) if you're looking for chain dining options available on campus.
Did You Know?
  • Block meal plans are the most flexible of all meal-plan options. Customers are not locked into using a fixed number of meals per week or per semester. The block meals are good throughout the academic year.
  • Guess what? You can find out what's for dinner at Glenn or Newell dining halls on campus by dialing: (410) 704-MENU.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

7720 Café
Location: Administration Building
Food: Breakfast sandwiches, deli, fries, grill, panini, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Arts Café
Location: Center for the Fine Arts
Food: Bakery items, paninis, salad, sandwiches, soup, sushi
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Brick Street Café
Location: Hawkins Hall
Food: Au Bon Pain, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, pizza, salads, sandwiches, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Glen Market Place
Location: Center of Glen Complex
Food: Breakfast, grill, entrees, Mexican, pasta, pizza, salad, sandwiches, soup, vegetarian selections
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Center of Glen Complex
Food: Convenience store with candy, frozen foods, ice cream, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
Newell Den
Location: Newell Hall
Food: Deli, pizza, sandwiches, wings
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Newell Dining Hall
Location: Newell Hall
Food: All-you-can eat, including kosher items, a Mongolian grill, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Patuxent Grille
Location: University Union
Food: Calzones, fries, grill, panini, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: University Union
Food: Breakfast, burgers, chicken, fried foods, sandwiches, sizzlin' salads, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Cook Library
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stephen Hall Coffee Cart
Location: Stephens Hall
Food: Au Bon Pain, coffee, salads, snacks
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Susquehanna Food Court
Location: University Union
Food: Breakfast, Chick-fil-A, fried foods, grill items, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tiger Express
Location: Towson Center
Food: To-go items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Location: Towson Run Apartments
Food: Baked goods, salads, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Sunday 4:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 113 responses

Very poor
  • 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 16 responses

  • 23% Susquehanna
  • 15% The Den
  • 15% Starbucks
  • 13% Jamba Juice
  • 13% Brick Street Café
  • 11% West Village Commons Dining Hall
  • 6% Einstein Brothers
  • 4% Paws

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 29% The dining halls close early
  • 24% You never know if Glen will have edible food
  • 18% The fact that I don't finish my meals
  • 12% Everything is so greasy and overcomplicated.
  • 12% Campus food really isn't bad.
  • 6% Susquehanna is very good specially their sushi

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 50% Glen Dining
  • 38% Paws
  • 12% Newell Dining

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 75% There are different plans to fit your lifestyle
  • 25% I don't have a meal plan.
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