Campus Dining

Location
Wellesley, MA
Undergrads
2,368
Tuition
$39,420
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Unlimited dining at any dining hall. Buffet style. Lots of variety, though they don't always get the ethnic foods quite right.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Nearly everybody is on an open meal plan. It's great because you don't have to worry about only taking a certain amount of food. You can take as much food as you want. The menus are uneven. There is usually always something decent though.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I thought the food was delicious and plentiful. There are no limits on how much you are allowed to eat. And the dining halls are vegetarian- and special diets-friendly.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are so many options and the food is quite good! We even have a fully vegetarian/kosher dining hall.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is disgusting. Many people love the food, but I come from a home where we eat healthy and we use a lot of delicious spices. So eating the bland, sometimes questionable food that is served is puke worthy. Most of the time I have to resort to eating a bagel, bread, rice, ice cream, salad (MOST of the time I have to eat this, even when I am sick of it!) or whatever else I know for sure will taste normal.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 56th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 64th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 120th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 174th
    Best Quality Food
  • 182nd
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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The dining halls are pretty darn good. Everyone has their complaints, but it's possible to eat well at Wellesley—and compared to many colleges, to eat very well. Students really like the dining hall workers, and certain workers, such as Pasta Bob in Tower, have gained semi-celebrity status. The on-campus bakery makes tasty Rice Krispie treats and fresh bread.

Though the meal plan is very open in some ways­—students can eat as much as they like at any time during the day, and most dining halls don't keep track of guest meals—there are no options other than the dining halls. But with the food selection at Wang, there are more satisfied students who have more flexibility to the meal plan, and there are more options for students dissatisfied by the dining halls. However, unless it's for medical reasons, no one is allowed to opt out of the meal plan or lessen the number of meals they pay for per week.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6418 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
A meal plan is required all four years, unless on Lake House Meal Plan or other individual exceptions.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Bae Pao Lu Chow
  • Tower Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Café Hoop
  • Campus Center Emporium
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Fruit
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken or eggplant parmesan
  • Pasta
  • Salad
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Nachos
24-Hour Dining
None
Did You Know?
  • Each dining hall hosts one theme dinner a month. Themes include: Harry Potter Night, complete with bubbling cauldrons of soup; World Series Night, featuring chilidogs, hot pretzels, and ice cream sandwiches; and Italian Night, adorned with checkered tablecloths and candles.
  • Sunday Sundaes are a much-revered campus-wide tradition. Come Sunday night, all dining halls set out trays of M&M's, sprinkles, strawberries, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. Students line up, flex their scooping muscles, and dig in.
  • Midnight Breakfast in Bates is another beloved tradition. Twice a year, during pre-finals reading period, Bates Dining Hall offers up fruit, eggs, sausage, French toast, and hash browns to stressed-out students. There's music and some kind of a photo novelty, so you can look at that keychain photo a couple weeks later and admire the panic behind that, "It'll all be fine, at least I've got fried food" smile.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bae Pao Lu Chow
Location: Wang Campus Center
Food: All-you-can-eat: breakfast, grill, home-style, pizza, sauté, soup, vegan
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Bates Culinary Center
Location: Bates Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat: deli, entrees, grill, home-style, pasta, salad bar, soup, vegan/organic
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Café Hoop
Location: Wang Campus Center
Food: Coffee/tea, snacks
Hours: Daily 3 p.m.-1 a.m.
Campus Center Emporium
Location: Wang Campus Center
Food: Baked goods, bubble tea, coffee, convenience items, salads, sandwiches, sushi
Hours: Monday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Collins Café
Location: Next to Davis Museum and Cultural Center
Food: Baked goods, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
El Table
Location: Founders Hall, basement
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snacks, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Leaky Beaker
Food: Soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pomeroy Dining Hall
Location: Pomeroy Hall
Food: Kosher, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Punch's Alley
Location: Wang Campus Center
Food: Beer, mixed drinks
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 6 p.m.-12 a.m., Thursday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Salon
Location: Schneider Student Center
Food: Sushi
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Stone-Davis Culinary Center
Location: Stone-Davis Hall
Food: Deli, entrees, pizza, salad bar, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tower Dining Hall
Location: Tower Court
Food: Deli, entrees, pizza, salad bar, soup, vegan station
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

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  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
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