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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I'm giving this a 'great' because of Ferris and Diana. Diana, especially, is great for variety and an active, fun atmosphere. Ferris has a pasta bar with an EXTREMELY wide variety of things to order as well as an 'open all day' schedule so you can get food in between classes.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's not going to qualify as culinary cuisine, but the food's all reasonably edible, especially if you go to Ferris Dining Hall on Columbia's campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great healthy options. Fresh and quick

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is generally bad, especially for the price first years are required to pay. The Diana is the only place with good food, but it is quite expensive. Barnard students do not have flex dollars at all like Columbia students do, and are not even allowed into one of Columbia's cafes. Personally I don't mind that but I'm just so confused about why our meal plan costs more at Barnard if it's so much worse.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Being a vegetarian, there is no food variety. It's either eat a salad or have pizza everyday. At Hewitt, once in a while at the "Home" station they will have an interesting option. But there is always 1 vegan option, 1 vegetarian option - which could be rice and potatoes. Very repetitive.

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While there's a lot of discrepancy among Barnard College students, the overwhelming trend is that the food is all right. Although there aren't too many places that are specifically "Barnard" to eat, there's quite a bit of choices at those few places. On any given day, you can find cereal, bacon, eggs, tofu, and bagels (among other things) for breakfast and sandwiches, stir-fry, pizza, meat, vegetarian, and vegan entrées for lunch and dinner. There's a kosher section that is set off from the main serving area that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The comments of some Barnard students indicate that some of them are judging Barnard food against other New York City restaurants, and of course the food isn't as good, but it's less than $10 for all-you-can-eat. When judging dining hall food, you should always think back to lunch in high school and then appreciate the step up.

Barnard has pretty good food, which your parents will probably note when they help move you in. They, however, will not have to continue eating in Hewitt Dining Hall for the next eight weeks. The entrées that are offered tend to be pretty good for the first few weeks, but quickly become humdrum. The daily pizza selection and sandwich bar can really save some Barnard students from going hungry when the entrée choices don't look good. One place that dining services loses points is in its lack of choice of places to eat.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5760 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Barbecue chicken pizza
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Late Night at Hewitt
Student Favorites
  • Hewitt Dining Hall
  • Java City
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
At selected times during the school year, Barnard usually holds events in which the school provides lunch outside for all of its students. At these functions, anyone is welcome to join other teachers, students, and administrators for lunch. In addition, Barnard students are also welcome to try out Columbia's dining halls.
Did You Know?
If you ever have a problem with dining services, or if you just have a request for a certain kind of food, you can leave a note on the bulletin board for the managers. They tend to respond quickly by both getting your requested item, if possible, and posting a written response.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Diana Center Café
Location: Diana Center
Food: Grill, pizza, salads
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Hewitt Dining Hall
Location: Basement of Hewitt Hall
Food: Kosher and non-Kosher selections of classic American cuisine and some ethnic favorites
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
Liz's Place
Location: Diana Center
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.–11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 36 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 29 responses

  • 36% Diana Cafe
  • 33% Ferris
  • 14% John jay
  • 10% Hewitt
  • 3% Hewitt's food is disgusting, but otherwise good.
  • 3% JJ's Place
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