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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is incredibly expensive and there are far too many options. If you have dietary needs or like to eat healthy, be ready to spend $15 plus on food.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Need more sushi available for weekend college. I like not having to leave campus for food they have a lot of choices. Long wait in lines though. Salad bar is pricey, pay per ounce.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I was actually surprised with the variety of food the campus has to offer. I get the sandwiches which I always pack with the most I can. I feel the prices are a little high and I don't like that if you have a meal plan you cost is lowered.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I do not eat meat or junk food. Because of this the options are very small. The fruit and salad bar are amazing though!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There's not much options for campus dining.


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Alverno is trying new healthier food options, including a variety of vegetarian dishes. The food on campus is far from five-star gourmet, but there are a lot of options for everyone. It is surprising if a student does not like at least one thing the school has to offer. However, there is a lot of complaining about the food.

Many college meal plans are for a certain number of meals per day, whereas at Alverno students have a lump sum of money and can spend it however they want. If they do not spend it by the end of each semester or the end of the school year, the money is kept by Alverno. However, at the end of the semester, students can buy bulk food to take home with them so their money isn't lost.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4150 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Resident freshmen only
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Commons
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Mug Coffeehouse & Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Eggs
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken tenders
  • Paninis/sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Vending machines
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Christopher Hall offers a variety of grab-and-go foods on the weekends.
Did You Know?
  • The stuffed shells served on campus are so popular that they have a Facebook group!
  • At the end of the semester, if you have money left over from the meal plan, you can buy food in bulk so you don't lose the money.
  • Dining Services actually cares what students think. Students can suggest new ideas, and The Commons implements some of them. Talk about listening to what the customer wants!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Commons
Location: Liberal Arts Building
Food: Deli, fruit, grill, salad, sandwiches,
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Mug Coffeehouse & Café
Location: Austin Hall
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 p.m.–12 a.m.
Location: Austin Hall
Food: Grab-and-go items, snacks
Hours: Sunday–Thursday 7 p.m.–12 a.m., Saturday 7 p.m.–12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 63 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 34 responses

  • 24% The sandwich bar salad adn fruit bar.
  • 20% The grill
  • 16% Hot dinner
  • 12% The chicken tenders or cheeseburger
  • 9% Salad bar, Soups, Anything that's fried, wraps
  • 8% Everything at Alverno is excellent
  • 6% BBQ Chicken wings
  • 5% Packages sandwiches, beverages, coffee
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