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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It has it's ups and downs. The main downfall(s) are the seasonings and the cost and the lack of variety in the chat, mostly. The dining hall changes their set up every week, so you get something new time. It suffers in proper seasoning or cooking at times.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The main two options on meal plan are the dining hall and the chat. The chat has a deli and grill, and is a pretty good option. There are also other things, such as brand name snacks for purchase, but anything $6 and below will qualify for meal plan. The dining hall has basic stuff like pasta, meat, pizza, veggies and salad bar, but the taste is frequently bland.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is not one of this school's selling points to say the least. At times it looks like they are improving but then it goes back to sub-par quickly. In fairness however college food is notoriously bad everywhere so although it sucks to life with, it's somewhat expected.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining hall food reminds me of hospital food; it's very bland and boring. We have limited variety, especially compared to other schools. Meal plans are way too expensive and it's unfair for them to charge freshman for them. Best place to eat would be the chat, but it can be unhealthy and repetitive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I believe that the both the dining hall and the chat have good food to it just a problem of it getting repetitive and boring. Most often the food is unflavored, which I understand why. The other problem with the dining options is that it is expensive to have a meal plan when it really there is no point in it being so expensive.


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The food is all right. Arcadia has options like a dining hall, a café, and a smaller takeout food place that serves fresh food and also prepackaged snacks. The dining hall always has a salad bar, deli, and hot food, along with desserts and ice cream. The Chat, the smaller dining place, serves fresh sandwiches like grilled cheese, cheesesteaks, hoagies, wraps, and quesadillas. Meal plan points work in both places and include options in the Easton Café, as well. The dining hall isn't too bad and always has plenty of options. The Chat is more convenient for late-night snacks and quick meals. The coffee in Easton Café is Starbucks, but it isn't quite as good and is a walk across campus from the dorms.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3580 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen have the choice of several meal plans for each semester. Certain meal plans come with points that will buy you extra snacks and meals at the Chat.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Chat
Special Options
There isn't anything special in the cafeteria, but every once in a while, the cafeteria has themed meals.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Brubaker Café
Location: Brubaker Hall
Food: Coffee, deli sandwiches, fresh fruit, pastries, salads, smoothies, soups, tea
The Chat
Location: Dining Complex, lower level
Food: Variety
Hours: Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Late Nite meals.
Dining Hall
Location: Dining Complex
Food: Variety
Hours: Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends.
University Commons
Location: Kuch Center
Food: Variety

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 66 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 worst food options on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 40% The lack of seasoning/flavor at the dining hall
  • 30% Everything. In specific, the dining hall.
  • 27% The lack of variety at the chat
  • 3% Neither chat or dining hall offer great options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 19 responses

  • 38% They do not allow the unused meals to carry over.
  • 26% The limited option plans
  • 21% Freshman have to choose the most expensive option
  • 14% The food is horrible

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 20 responses

  • 50% You can choose which plan suits your needs.
  • 32% Nothing
  • 18% You can create your own.

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 60% The chat, although it's not very good either way.
  • 40% The dining hall
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