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Campus Food

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Get the biggest meal plan. Getting a smaller meal plan was the stupidest thing I did last semester, because you run out of money like nothing. So, even if you're pretty petite, get the big plan. Also, put more money towards Munch money for McKinley's instead of Brooks swipes.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: There are only two places to eat on campus, so the food can get pretty repetitive. However, I can't complain because the quality of the food isn't too bad.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It taste gross but that's college for you.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Brooks makes up for the quality of their food because there's so much you can eat, and Mckin's is great. You can always find something you want to eat.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The one shortfall of Allegheny is the food. It's not the best but at least they have implemented eco friendly aspects to dinning.

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There are two dining halls on campus: Brooks and McKinley's. The most popular dish at McKinley's is the stir-fry, where you can get chicken, steak, or tofu and pick your own vegetables to sauté on the spot. Brooks Dining Hall is an all-you-can-eat buffet with three kinds of pizza, a salad bar, a pasta option, an open grille (for burgers and hot dogs), and a selected entrée. Students generally think the food is decent but monotonous. Vegans and vegetarians only have about three or four options for any meal. At McKinley's, students pay in what is called “Munch Money"; at Brooks, students swipe their cards to use "one meal" and eat as much as they want. There are several different meal plans, but they all split money between the two dining halls. The major problem with the meal plan is that students are required to have one as long as they’re living on campus. With Allegheny's recent implementation of a four-year residency requirement, students wanting to save money by self-preparing food simply can't do it.

In recent years, the dining services department has made a greater effort to buy locally. Sustainability movements have definitely affected the food providers, and vegetables and herbs are planted around campus. Some students just walk to a campus garden, pick some basil, and use it in their own cooking in the dorm kitchens. In 2009, two environmental science students planted apple trees on campus for students to pick from on their way to class. For those who aren't into making their own food, students can buy anything from a milkshake to a macchiato at the student-run coffee shop Grounds for Change; however, they have to pay in cash or shop money. At the library, the Wrecking Ball Café sells salads, sandwiches, and lots of coffee for students who don't want to leave during a study session to grab a bite.  

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4700 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Everyone living on campus is required to have some kind of meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
McKinley's
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Grounds for Change
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Belgian waffles
  • Muffins
  • Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Eggplant and gouda panini
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chicken sandwich
  • Gator fries
  • Mozzarella sticks
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Did You Know?
Most academic buildings and residence halls have vending machines to grab a snack to bring to class.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Brooks Dining Hall
Location: Brooks Hall
Food: Buffet, grille, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Grounds for Change
Location: Campus Center
Food: Coffee, cookies, tea
Hours: Varies
McKinley's Food Court
Location: Campus Center
Food: Grille, pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soup, vegan
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Wrecking Ball Café
Location: Pelletier Library
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.

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  • Vegetarian/vegan options

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