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Campus Food


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food and dining at Cal Lutheran is very nice but can become a hassle. First of all the Ullman Dining is basically a buffet and all you can eat. I have gone and had 4 or 5 plates worth of food and just hung out with my friends. It is quick and easy to swipe your id and get in. The menu is the same but everyday they cook something fresh and different that is offered by the drinks. They also have a chef cooking Mongolian food and fresh oven baked pizza. My personal favorite would be the ice cream machines. I have had countless ice cream cones and made my own shakes and smoothies with it. The Centrum is another great place where you can use Tap-N-Go to order quick and pick up your food in usually 10 minutes. This is great for when you are in a rush and need something fast to eat. The only downside was last year you could only use one meal swipe between the designated times which were i believe 7-10:30 AM for breakfast, 11-4 for lunch and 4:30- 6:30. That means that you could only use one swipe during those times. Want to eat at 11 and then 4 nope sorry can't happen. On the weekends it was worse because it was breakfast 8-3:30 and dinner at 4-6:30. You could only use one meal swipe for an 8 hour time slot which is ridiculous.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Starbucks tastes not very good, the Centrum is pretty disgusting, and the Commons isn't too bad, though you get sick of the food very easily. It is very hard to find YUMMY food on campus, everything just tastes the same day after day. Although, they do have healthy options, they do not have very many of them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Ullman Commons is a great place to eat. There is such a large variety of food and it is always fresh. There is a sub station, salad bar, made-to-order, cereal station, dinner/lunch station, Mongolian grill, pasta station, pizza station, vegetarian station, and dessert station (with soft serve frozen yogurt). Use one swipe to get in and eat as much as you want.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food can get old, but it is not too bad and the breakfast at the caf is good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Next year I am planning to not have a meal plan because the hall that I am going to live in has a kitchen. I believe that this a better option for me rather than having a meal plan because I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want.


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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?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5450 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
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
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 60 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 27 responses

  • 30% Nothing's to bad just can be expensive
  • 27% Caf food in trays
  • 15% Commuters do not have affordable options.
  • 12% The small portions at starbucks
  • 9% Meals do not carry over to next week
  • 3% The Centrum
  • 3% Ullman Commons

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 28 responses

  • 36% Starbucks is a part of the meal plan
  • 28% Jamba Juice is a part of the meal plan
  • 15% All you can eat in Ullman Commons with one swipe
  • 13% Meals carry over each week
  • 8% Don't have one live off campus

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 29 responses

  • 32% Time slots
  • 30% The expense
  • 19% Lack of Choices
  • 17% The meal plan just changed for the worse
  • 2% Not enough variety

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 33% Starbucks
  • 26% The centrum!
  • 25% Ullman Commons
  • 16% Jamba Juice



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