Campus Dining

Valparaiso, IN
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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.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not as bad as some food joints around here, but definitely not 5-star.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are three places to get food on campus: Founders (the main cafeteria), the cafe, and Grinders (which is in the library). The food at Founders is pretty good for the most part. There's always pasta, a sandwich bar, and soup & salad available. Some stations are only open during breakfast, lunch, and dinner though. Go to Founders at 3:00 in the afternoon and there will be a very limited selection of food choices. The cafe is the to-go food option on campus. There is a starbucks inside, which is super convenient and delicious! In addition to food, the cafe also sells personal hygiene products, so you don't have to walk/bum a ride with someone to Target. Grinders also has a Starbucks, plus a sandwich bar. I love having a food option in the library so you don't have to pack up all your stuff and leave if you need a bite to eat.
My main complaint about the food is the cost though. It is very expensive. However, the freshman meal plan is plenty enough to afford it ($1800 per semester). I had like $400 leftover at the end of the first semester. And also eating at the same place everyday 3 times a day gets pretty old after awhile. Luckily Jimmy Johns delivers right to your dorm!

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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
Schofield, WI
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?
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
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
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.
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 53 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 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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