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Campus Food


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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a lack of a variety of places to go eat, even with your flex dollars. The official cafeteria on campus, Cowan, severely lacks variety and even decent food on a daily basis.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For cafeteria food, Cowan really isn't that bad. It has good and bad days. Sandella's and The Grill are decent, but can get old with time.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Cowan's a cattle call. You will end up eating the same thing every day. But what you're eating is totally average cafeteria food, and it's possible to eat a balanced meal (or two or three) every day, so it's all good. This year, they changed the meal plans so that we'd all have more flex dollars, but they also made all the flex items more expensive, which was a little frustrating. Sandella's and the Grill ("Everyday Cafe") are both good options. The Grill is open until 1AM every night, which is a blessing and a curse.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Cowan (the cafeteria) is pretty average as far as the quality of food is concerned.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There aren't very many options to choose from, either the grill, jasmines, or cowen. The food is usually average, and you don't often get full off of the meals you are provided.


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The campus dining has a tendency to be a little bit of a cattle call, especially with the monotony of the food choices. The food served in Cowan is basically good, but can get boring, and there are few healthy choices for the nutritionally conscious and even fewer for vegetarians or vegans. Most students enjoy a steady diet of meat and potatoes, sometimes fried, baked, roasted, or broiled, but rarely varied. Oftentimes, it can be work to find a green vegetable in Cowan, as the main line will usually offer a starchy selection of pasta, carrots, or everyone's favorite: potatoes. The salad line is a pretty standard salad bar, sometimes reaching out into the unknown with such exotic dishes as hummus and pita. The grill line at Cowan is always cheeseburgers, sometimes chicken patties, pizza, and french fries. The quality of the pasta line has declined in recent years, but besides the singular choice of a pasta, students can usually also get a caesar salad. A favorite is the sandwich line, offering various deli meats and cheeses; they will even grill your baguette.

The Grille and Café offer more of a selection, but it's difficult to eat within your meal plan, and you'll probably find yourself out of Flex Dollars and back in Cowan before long. Luckily, the employees at The Grille and Café will rarely let a student go hungry, and you can always find a friend that miraculously has Flex Dollars left. The kitchen facilities that some dorms have can also provide needed relief from campus food.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
The Grille
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Wanna go sledding? When it snows, Centre students snake the cafeteria trays and use them to sled down the hills by the soccer and football fields.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Across Visitor Parking Lot from the Alumni House
Food: American, pasta bar, pizza bar, deli line, home-cooking, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Grille
Location: Second floor of the Warehouse
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-12 a.m.
Hall of Fame Café
Location: Second floor of Sutcliffe
Food: Deli, coffee shop food
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 31 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 20 responses

  • 48% The Grill
  • 48% Sandella's
  • 3% Cowan
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