The University of Vermont receives high marks from students as far as the quality and taste of food. It loses points for its overpriced food, unchanging menu, and noticeable lack of Kosher food (except during Passover). For more independent students, there are several cooking facilities in each dorm section. Unfortunately, this option is available only primarily to upperclassmen since all freshmen are required to have a meal plan. It is possible to do both with certain meal plans.
UVM actually has fairly good dining hall food when compared with other schools. Taking the food for what it is—bulk-purchased, vitamin-enriched, mass-produced cuisine—it is actually pretty tolerable. Everyone will have his or her fair share of complaints, but overall, they do a fair job. An alternative to the crowded dining halls are a number of made-to-order areas that offer wraps, sandwiches, and a variety of other tasty treats. But don’t expect any deals—a box of cereal often costs five dollars and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will cost a dollar more than anywhere else. And remember, the food is not meant to be the best food you’ve ever had—it is there so you won’t starve. While it probably does not beat your mom’s home-cooking, UVM does have a better-than-average food program.