Campus Dining

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1 College Senior

Campus Dining: Mess hall food straight up sucks. It's open for very limited times and there's only one on-campus deli that is ludicrously expensive. Delivery from neighboring towns takes an hour at minimum and they are often late as you wait outside in the cold on the street corner.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The mess hall provides three free meals a day. Maybe not the best food but it fills a hollow spot

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Mess Hall here serves crappy to decent food. The expensive and "luxurious" restaurant available serves better food but of course at a price.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Mess hall gets kind of old, but Grant is an option if you want to spend money.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 609th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 641st
    Best Quality Food
  • 905th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1059th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1129th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ryan Peckyno
Hometown
Bradford, Pa.
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Students seem to tolerate the food at West Point, and the accent is on the word "tolerate." The meals at the Academy are certainly nothing to write home about. Maybe the administration is just cheap, or maybe they're trying to prepare cadets for life in the Army. Whatever the reason, cadets can be sure their meals will be filling if nothing else. Complaints about cafeteria food are common among college students all over the United States, and it is no different at West Point. The mess hall merely provides everyday meals to fulfill the necessary caloric intake requirements. And instead of gaining the dreaded Freshman 15, like most other college students, several freshmen at West Point actually report losing 15 pounds. This could be considered an upside to mess hall dining.

Although the majority of students are satisfied by the services provided at the mess hall, several of them rave about the quality of the meals that they receive when special guests come to visit West Point. There is a clear difference in quality and variety on special days. And, according to the majority of the cadets at West Point, nearly all of the money that they receive from their cadet pay goes to ordering out. There is, of course, one very nice bonus to choosing to eat in the mess hall: It's free. Even if money isn't an object for you, don't plan on eating out too much; there are required meals for students on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Average Meal Plan Cost
$0 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All cadets dine together in the Cadet Mess Hall.
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Greek yogurt
  • Potato cheddar munchies
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken crispitos
  • Corn chowder
  • Spicy chicken patty
  • Steak
  • Wraps
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Student Favorites
Firstie Club
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
N/A
Special Options
  • Chinese and pizza restaurants
  • McDonald’s
Did You Know?
  • It is rumored tha they used to put saltpeter into the food of cadets to decrease their sexual drive.
  • There are three types of dining options: family-style, an option that allows cadets to get served a meal from waiters; Grab N' Go, an option that allows cadets to pick and choose what they want and take food back to their rooms to eat; and the buffet, an option that allows cadets to select from a variety of foods.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Cadet Mess Hall
Food: Varies
Hours: Cadets eat meals at the same time in less than 25 minutes

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 8 responses

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Excellent
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
4
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