Campus Dining

Vermillion, SD
Tuition (in-state)
$9,650 ($7,704)
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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The commons gets old fast and other than the salad bar and sub sandwich place there are only a select few healthy options. Everything is overpriced and the quality is not worth the price. I do like the quesadillas, paninni's, and noodle options on campus. The Home Zone was good too when that was there. Also, the home baked breads, and goodies were great! I miss those now that I am off campus. They do have a variety of healthy choices such as fruit, veggies, yogurt, hummus, etc. that is appreciated. I do really enjoy Qudoba and have not been to Einstien's yet but it looks good. The coffee on campus is also good but overpriced. My main complaint is the quality of food at the commons and the price of food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The commons food is not good. But the actual flex food is great! There is Q'doba, Chick-fila, and so many other great places, even a wonderful salad bar! So the flex is the best way to go when it comes to the meal plans. One can live without the commons food.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a lot of variety in the market place in the MUC. The quality of the food isn't bad, but it is only open from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: the food isnt top notch. but it has a great variety.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The meals at the main dining hall are good, but very unhealthy. The rest of the food is extremely over priced.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 500th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 993rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1128th
    Best Quality Food
  • 1148th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1150th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kerry Hacecky
Journalism/Public Relations/English minor
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Honestly, it is probably better than lunch at your local high school, but no one would attempt to put USD dining and Applebee’s in the same category. In fact, many students complain about the taste, variety, and price of campus food. Fountain beverages are overpriced compared to surrounding convenience stores, and most cafés have lower prices than USD’s Aramark Food Service. However, you can argue all you want—nothing will change.

Students living on campus need to watch their Flex Money, which is money used for food bought anywhere outside the Commons Dining Hall in the North Complex. If used too much, you will run out of Flex Money before the semester ends. In addition, unless you’re an athlete or big eater, you will probably want the most Flex Money possible compared to Commons meals on your food plan. Flex Money can be used anywhere in the CSC, for most pop machines on campus, and in the Speed Bump in the North Complex. Students living off campus can purchase Coyote Cash, turning their ID card into a pre-paid credit card. This comes in handy for anyone eating daily on campus or for students who can convince their parents to put money on their card. Coyote Cash can also be used at some businesses off campus, too, including a few gas stations, Pizza Hut, and Little Italy’s.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meal Plan Cost
$2830 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Market Place
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Beede Bump
  • Charlie's Grill
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken
  • Pasta
  • Salad
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
  • Students living on campus have the option of different meal plans offering different amounts of flex money. Flex can be used to buy food and beverages at most campus locations.
  • In addition, students not living on campus can purchase Coyote Cash, which is used just like flex money. Coyote Cash is also accepted at some restaurants and gas stations in town, including Pizza Hut, Little Italy's, and Coyote Convenience.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Beede Bump
Location: North Complex
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Charlie's Grill
Location: Coyote Student Center
Food: Breakfast, grill, pizza, subs
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
The Commons
Location: North Complex
Food: All-you-can-eat: comfort foods, deli, desserts, fruit, grill, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–10 a.m., 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–10 a.m., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Market Place
Location: Muenster University Center
Food: Bene Pizza, Caliente, Greens To Go, Noodles, Wok, Wraps & More
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Neuharth Café
Location: Al Neuharth Media Center
Food: Coffee/tea, smoothies
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
P.O.D. Market
Location: Coyote Villate
Food: Convenience items, grab 'n' go food, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
University Brew
Location: Muenster University Center
Food: Coffee/tea, snacks, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.–11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

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