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Campus Food

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The new commons have a nice, spacious atmosphere. They have an area that provides vegan and gluten-free options. The Centrum Café is a nice place to hang out but it is expensive. Each meal is the equivalent of $6 and most things on the menu are above that. Starbucks is the place I go to the most because it has a nice atmosphere and what college student doesn't consistently need caffeine? Unfortunately, our meal plan is restricted into using one meal per time slot. Our time slot for lunch is 10:30-4, which is an incredibly large gap to wait to eat.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: the minimal options / healthy choices

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The commons just opened this year so they are always changing the food up. I dont have to eat the same thing twice unless I want to.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: its not the most amazing food but its not bad for college

3 College Senior

Campus Food: it's okay but Starbucks is expensive

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The food supply and options never end at CLU. Each dining venue offers a variety of grill items; an array of fresh fruit and vegetables; a large selection of wraps, pasta, and pizza; and an assortment of beverages and desserts. Jamba Juice is perfect for those breakfast smoothie cravings, especially with its fresh fruit and added boosts of vitamins and minerals. If students are rushing from one class to the next, they can pick up a grab-and-go lunch, like a "PB&J" sandwich or grilled chicken Caesar wrap, at the SUB Kiosk. The Centrum Café is also a great spot to eat a quick lunch with friends or catch up on last-minute reviewing for class over a pumpkin spice latte and banana nut bread.

Students can relax with friends at dinner at the Dining Commons ("the caf”). The caf allows students to use the “My Food, My Way” electronic program to customize their orders. Even better, each day of the month has a specific theme, like sushi night, create-your-own sundae, or "breakfast for dinner." And for those late-night cravings, Mogen Market stays open until midnight for students who want a pick-me-up snack, like crunchy popcorn or sweet caramel candies. All dining areas offer healthy, organic, and vegetarian options. Mogen Market also has organic and gluten-free items in their frozen food section. Though the food and beverages are delicious and filling, the items are overpriced. The cheapest meal plan is the "5 Plus Meal Plan" at around $1,800 per semester and the most expensive meal plan is the "15 Plus Meal Plan" at nearly $2,700 per semester. A specific amount of bonus points (extra money) are included in each meal plan. Each meal plan also receives three bonus meals per semester, which students can use to treat visitors.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5450 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Freshman and all other students who reside on campus (except for those in Mogen, Grace, and Trinity) are required to have a meal plan. Students living in Mogen, Grace, and Trinity suites are equipped with a kitchen and do not require a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Centrum Café
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Centrum Café
  • Jamba Juice
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Breakfast sandwich
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Stir-fry
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Ice cream
Special Options
Mogen Market offers organic and gluten-free items in the frozen food section. There are at least one or two vegetarian entrées at every meal offered at the dining areas.
Did You Know?
  • Bonus points roll over from the fall semester to the spring; however, bonus points do not roll over from one school year to the next.
  • Three bonus meals are added to students' meal plans each semester. When students have guests visiting, these bonus meal plans can be used.
  • The Dining Commons offers a sack lunch program, which enables students to grab a quick lunch of either two beverages (bottled water, soda, juice), chips, yogurt, muffins, bagels, cookies, whole or cut fruit, sandwiches, and salad.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Centrum Café
Location: Orville Dahl Centrum
Food: Beverages, breakfast, desserts, dinner, grill items, lunch, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dining Commons
Location: 60 W. Olson Rd.
Food: All-you-can-eat, desserts, meat, pasta, pizza, soup, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Jamba Juice
Location: Memorial Parkway
Food: Breakfast, fruit, juices, muffins, organic chips, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Kiosk
Location: Student Union Building
Food: Breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, salads, snacks, sushi, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-8:45 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mogen Market
Location: Campus Drive
Food: Beverages, dinner, frozen meals, ice cream, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Friday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 17 responses

  • 37% Starbucks
  • 27% The centrum!
  • 20% Ullman Commons
  • 17% Jamba Juice

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 38% Caf food in trays
  • 38% Nothing's to bad just can be expensive
  • 15% The small portions at starbucks
  • 8% Commuters do not have affordable options.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Starbucks is a part of the meal plan
  • 33% Jamba Juice is a part of the meal plan
  • 24% Meals carry over each week
  • 10% Don't have one live off campus

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 32% The expense
  • 23% Lack of Choices
  • 23% The meal plan just changed for the worse
  • 23% Time slots

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