Campus Dining

Location
Wheaton, IL
Undergrads
2,435
Tuition
$30,120
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is only one dining hall on campus (its a small school), but they do a great job of providing for many different needs on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Best food around. We don't go out to eat that much because of the good food we already have here and it's already on the meal plan anyway.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Everything from the menu to variety to value to quality is top notch. The only problem is the small size of the dining hall - it often gets crowded during lunch and dinner rushes but other than that, great overall dining experience

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Wheaton consistently is ranked in the top schools in the nation in terms of food service. Menus are consistent and the food service is working toward more sustainable, local options while keeping taste and variety for students. The service is always good, and they try to adapt meal plans to student need. It is a little expensive, and since it is a small campus there is only one dining hall, one restaurant, and one cafe.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at Wheaton is very good. Everything is organic, sustainable, and they try to use as much local stuff as possible. The food is one of the best aspects of Wheaton.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Best Quality Food
  • 12th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 19th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 32nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 38th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Debbie Knubley
Hometown
St. Louis, MO
Major
English Lit with Writing Concentration
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Wheaton is one of the few colleges where students actually enjoy the food in their campus dining hall. Wheaton, catered by Bon Appétit, holds the well-deserved reputation of being one of the top college campus dining halls in the nation. The main dining hall, known formally as Anderson Commons but referred to by all students as SAGA, is an all-you-can-eat buffet, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bon Appétit works hard to offer healthy eating options to Wheaton students, which includes lowering sodium levels, reducing high fructose corn syrup, and offering vegetarian and gluten-free meals. They also try to buy local produce, which is great and all, but means you get those little, speckled, home-grown apples and only the occasional banana. (When you see them putting out bananas, be ready to pounce! They'll be gone in about five minutes!) While the food is amazing, students agree that eating in the same dining hall every day gets old pretty quickly.

The campus has two other eateries catered by Bon Appétit: Sam’s and The Stupe. Sam’s offers coffee drinks, delicious ice cream in generous portions, milkshakes, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads. If you want lunch to-go, coffee before class, or a late-night dish of ice cream, Sam’s is your place. The Stupe is as much of a hang-out as it is a burger joint. It’s where students go to do their homework, to work on group projects, or to just hang out with friends. They serve burgers of the beef, turkey, or vegetarian sort, and French fries, both regular and sweet potato. Once in a blue moon they'll serve chicken fingers or hot dogs, too. However, once the cafés close, and they close early, you’ll be hard up if looking for a meal. Your late night options: settle for a pre-made sandwich or ice cream from Sam’s, eat those cookies your mom mailed you last week, or find someone with a car and take a little ride down President Street to a student favorite: Los Burritos.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
18
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3510 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Freshman are required to have a meal plan, but they can choose between 10, 14, or 18 meals per week, or 65, 160, or 210 meal blocks, which can be used throughout the semester.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Anderson Commons (more commonly known by students as Saga)
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Sam's
  • The Stupe
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Fresh fruit
  • House-made granola
  • Huge, freshly made Belgian waffles
  • Omelet bar
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Pizza
  • Salad bar
  • Sandwich bar
  • Steak made to order
  • The variety
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cherry mocha cookie
  • Ice cream from Sam's
  • Milkshake from Sam's
  • Sam's Shellhammer Shake
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Bon Appétit does everything they can to provide healthy eating options for Wheaton students. The scrambled eggs are made with a higher ratio of egg whites to yolks, and the yogurt is made without the typical high fructose corn syrup. (In fact, the only thing that contains high fructose corn syrup in the cafeteria is the soda.) Bon Appétit also tries to keep sodium levels low. They even provide pizza on wheat dough as an additional option. Vegetarian meals are always an available, as are gluten-free meals.
Did You Know?
  • Although the school cafeteria is officially known as Anderson Commons and is catered by Bon Appétit food services, all the students at Wheaton call the cafeteria SAGA, the name of the food service from more than 15 years ago. Despite all Bon Appétit's ardent efforts to change this tradition, they aren't likely to succeed any time soon.
  • Bon Appétit is keen on providing a variety of healthy eating options for students, including a daily gluten-free meal.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Anderson Commons
Location: Anderson Commons
Food: All-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet with Classics (comfort food), Taqueria (Latin), Spice (Asian), Cucina (pizza and pasta), Salad-Bar, Soup Station, Dessert, and Fresh Fruit
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Sam's
Location: Todd Beamer Student Center
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, ice cream
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Stupe
Location: Todd Beamer Student Center
Food: American grill: Beef burgers, turkey burgers, Veggie burgers, french fries, and sweet potato fries. Chicken fingers and hot dogs on special occasions.
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

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  • Ethnic/kosher options
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