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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is decent. It is not a five star restaurant but I think in comparison to other schools it is much better. we always have a salad bar and a vegetarian option. It may not be the best tasting food all the time but they do what they can to make sure that the food is healthy and from an organic source but feeding mass amounts of people can get expensive so they do have to keep that in mind while preparing and buying food. The nice thing is that there is a suggestion board and students can write suggestions, and praises to help the staff get a better idea for what the students are looking for. It actually works. We have two dining halls - one has meats and the other is strictly vegan- both are good and have their ups and downs. Campus has two coffee shops aswell. One is for the day and you can get paninis, baked goods and of course hot drinks. The night cafe also serves paninis, baked goods, and hot drinks but is only open till midnight so unfortunately after midnight it is hard to find food to eat. For the most part food is available and good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are three places to eat on campus, because it is such a small school there is not a lot of options, but Cow Pie Cafe has great vegetarian eats almost every day.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: As a vegan dining at Wilson is pretty great. Cow Pie has vegan options for lunch and diner on weekends and is always delicious. There are often local organic options from the campus farm or the surrounding community. Unfortunately on the weekends and breakfast the vegan options suck! Gladfelter tries but is a total bust most of the time for vegan/vegetarian options. For your average omnivore ive heard its pretty solid though. The light at the end of the tunnel for me is Sage cafe, open late at night and offering drinks, awesome grilled panini's, and desserts (many vegan WOOO!) and has concerts or events on most weekends. All in all you wont go hungry!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I can see how people get tired of the same old stuff week after week... but so far the variety's decent. There's always scoop-your-own ice cream and something to be excited about... if u like undercooked overdressed vegetables (veg*n) cowpie can be good. I like eating here. I like the cafeteria vibe. All the flavors and textures are there and it's easy.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: You can always find some good options to eat. Our vegan cafe is better than our buffet style cafeteria, but there are a lot of options for anyone to find something. But some times the option are a little repetitive.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 62nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 63rd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 216th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 359th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 671st
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michelle Metzler
Columbia, SC
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There is an option at WWC for all kinds of food preferences. Cowpie Café is a campus favorite, offering healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan options. Much of the produce from the garden, as well as other local goodies, makes its way into Cowpie’s kitchen and to our plates. Cowpie’s crew meets regularly to discuss what works, what doesn’t, what new dishes to try, and what old favorites to reinvent. Upstairs from the Café is Gladfelter’s main cafeteria, which offers all-you-can-eat buffet style dining. Always present in Glad are vegan options, a full salad bar, deli bar, hot bar, desserts and ice cream. All beef and pork served in Glad comes straight from the farm. The rotation can get a little stale, especially after a few years, but the overwhelming sentiment is that we offer tastier and healthier meals with less money than lots of state schools.

Sage Café offers after-hours dining. The baking crew always has delicious sweet treats for sale, and the Sage crew makes nachos, brick oven pizza, coffee, tea, bagels, paninis, and all kinds of deliciousness. For really late-night snack cravings, the vending machine in the basement of Dorland has a rotating mix of organic goods, including vegan cookies, Blue Sky soda, and Newman-O’s. Co-ops spring up whenever there is an interest. In 2009, one campus house chose to arrange itself as a co-op, shopping, cooking, and eating together. Some students opt off of the meal plan entirely when joining a co-op, while others choose to participate only part-time.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
Cowpie Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
  • Both Gladfelter and Cowpie Café use Warren Wilson produce whenever possible, and all beef and pork served in Gladfelter is Wilson meat. Cowpie is committed to serving healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan food and is much raved about by students.
  • Food co-ops come and go with student interest. Students can sign up for those full-time or part-time in lieu of cafeteria eating.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Cowpie Café
Location: Lower Gladfelter
Food: Vegetarian and vegan
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gladfelter Center
Location: Gladfelter
Food: Cafeteria style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m., 12 p.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-10 a.m., 12 p.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Sage Café
Location: Sage Circle
Food: Coffee, smoothies, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

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  • Ethnic/kosher options
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  • Late-night options
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