Campus Dining

Location
Valparaiso, IN
Undergrads
2,855
Tuition
$32,250
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is really good at Valpo. There are so many different choices depending on what you're in the mood for. There are subs, noodles, sushi, stuff on the grill, quesadillas, and often choices for dinner from Germany and other countries that are featured. The buffet at Thanksgiving is the most excellent part.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Many varieties of foods are available

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food gets old after a while.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I think the food that is served is great for campus food. I would like to see more vegan options but either than that I find the campus pricing decent and fair. More often than not I can find something to eat at least! :)

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Founder's, Valpo's main cafeteria has quite a few options such as pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soup, salad, bbq and burritos along with a main food line, whose food changes for lunch and dinner. The meal plans are mandatory if you live on campus and are pretty expensive, but you will use it all because each item costs something. You have a certain amount of money on your meal plan, not a certain number of meals to use. The options available for people who are gluten free or have other food allergies are not that great. This is something that they are working on but currently the options aren't very good. I often get sick of having to eat only a few of the numerous options.

Cafe is Valpo's other cafeteria. Cafe is more of a grab-n-go place with a small convenience store that has a few groceries and toiletry items. The Cafe also has crepes, smoothies, salads and rice bowls. These are delicious but expensive so you have to be careful not to get them too often. There is also a Starbucks in the Cafe, as well as in the library.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 190th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 284th
    Best Quality Food
  • 882nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1006th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 1158th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amber Will
Hometown
Schofield, WI
Major
Political Science and History
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Campus food is better than most high school cafeteria food. The meal card is like a debit card system because you pay for what you buy. There is no "pay for two meals a day" option. This way students can come in any time of the day and grab whatever they need. For food, the new Harre Union offers more choices with a café-style facility at one end and a sit-down meal area at the other. The latter (Founder's Table) has an executive chef and three other main menu options. There is always a vegetarian option, and the food is made in front of you most of the time. Salad, sandwich, and soup bars are always popular, but there is also typical college food like hamburgers, grilled cheese, etc., along with brick oven pizza, paninis, pasta, and the chef's creation.

Dining Services manages to do a pretty good job feeding the entire campus some decent food. Setting up a menu to feed 2,000 students that includes variety and choices, yet tries to maintain a certain nutritional standard, can’t be easy.

Theme nights are favorite occasions for many students. Different foods will be featured at different times of year in almost every dish. There was corn night, apple night, and duck night, to name a few. The space is decorated to fit the theme, and even the cafeteria ladies dress up in Afro-wigs or sombreros, depending on the event. A lot of students even get to know some of the cafeteria ladies. They smile and greet you whether you are sleepily stopping by for a doughnut and juice before trudging to class or sitting down with a group of friends for dinner.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3600 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Founder's Table
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Sunday Waffles at the Union
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Paninis at the Sizzle in the Founder's Table
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Coffee from Grinders
  • Ice Cream or Smoothie at Freshens
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Did You Know?
  • Dining Services posts the nutrition information for all main-line menu items.
  • If you're left with tons of meal card money at the end of the semester, you can donate it to the food pantry. Only $150 will transfer from fall semester to spring semester.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Campus Café
Location: Harre Union
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Founders Table
Location: Harre Union
Food: Entrees, pizza, salad, stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Grinders
Location: Christopher Center
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 55 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 6 responses

  • 50% Motzerella sticks
  • 25% Crepes
  • 12% Salads at the cafe
  • 12% When there's turkey or lasagna for dinner, rarely

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

  • 75% It's the same food choices everyday.
  • 12% Weird cultural choices.
  • 12% Few options for people with food allergies
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