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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food and dining options has a lot of variety. Plus, one has the option to go to places to eat outside of the University because is very close by.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Many may complain but to me I like it. Then again I'll eat just about anything.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The cafeteria is a tad expensive. I've never paid myself, but I have eaten there. I generally like the food. However it's rarely better than average, and sometimes worse than. The "Chick-Fil-A" Express on campus is quite good, although their prices are also a little high. I usually prefer to go across the street to Bill Miller's.

2 College Student

Campus Dining: The dining hall closes by 8 each night, and the food itself is extremely bland. Your best bet is to go eat at the ICC.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's different places to go eat whether it be on or off campus. On campus the real trick is trying to get there before they close so you really have to be on a sort of schedule. However I would imagine that's how other schools are. There are a lot of options to eat off campus; there's a Bill Miller's across the street which is really nice.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 415th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 593rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 598th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 682nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 690th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paola Cardenas
El Paso, TX
Bilingual Communications
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Hungry? If so, there is a wide variety of foods to choose from to satisfy your appetite. However, many students do seem to complain a lot about the food, especally the cafeteria food in Marian, though most of the complaining is due to the cost of the meal plans. Also, students may not like the menu for the day. Many students will simply complain because they miss home-cooked meals, which, of course, are nothing like what the cafeteria has to offer. 

The good thing is that there are several places to get food on campus. There is Hortencia's, which makes Chick-fil-A menu options, as well as freshly made salads and sandwiches and a few grocery items as well. There is also Java on the Hill, which serves pizza, wings, sandwiches, and some alcoholic beverages (available only to those who are 21 and older, of course). Finnegan's is the schools coffeeshop, located inside the library building, which brews fresh Starbucks coffee daily and offers freshly made sandwiches and salads. Although there isn't much to choose from, a vegetarian section is offered in the Marian cafeteria, and the cafeteria is always open for suggestions, so if there is something that you would like changed or added, make sure to speak up!

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4330 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
It is only required if you live on campus.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Hortencia's Café/Chick-fil-A
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagel
  • Yogurt parfait
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Enchiladas
  • Wraps from the Flambe Line in Marian
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Ice cream
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
For students who are vegetarian or vegan, there are always entrées and options provided for them in Marian Hall. Also, Marian tends to host special events, sometimes related to a holiday close by or simply just to get out of the daily routine.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Finnegan's Coffee Shop
Location: Mabee Library
Food: Salads, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hortencia's Cafe
Location: Administration Building, ground floor
Food: Chick-fil-A, Freshens Yogurt & Smoothies, grab 'n' go items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
ICC Café
Location: ICC Building
Food: International and theme cuisines
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Java on the Hill
Location: ICC II building, fourth floor
Food: Appetizers, cold drinks, mini pizzas
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11 p.m.-4 p.m.
Marian Hall
Location: Student Center Lounge
Food: All-you-can-eat; daily entrées, grill, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Pharmacy Café
Location: The School of Pharmacy
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 52 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 9 responses

  • 36% Sammy's sandwhiches
  • 29% Chick Fil A
  • 14% Java on the hill
  • 14% Food you make at home.
  • 7% Cafeteria food

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Expensive
  • 50% Only have a few options that the campus offers

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Nothing
  • 33% You can eat when ever you want before 10 but after

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% Caf
  • 14% Hortencias
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