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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love the food here. It's delicious and easily accessible. I especially love Collins, which I know a lot of my fellow students wouldn't agree with. But I don't understand why, Collins is delightful. The only reason I'm giving the rating "it's okay" is because of the meal times. They're very restrictive and there aren't a lot of options if you miss a meal, ESPECIALLY on a weekend. If you miss brunch on the weekend (which many people do, since it's only open until noon), there are literally no on campus food options until dinner at 5.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to other colleges, the food on campus is absolutely amazing. Each dining hall offers several different types of meals and a salad bar with soup and a sandwich bar. The best part is definitely the ability to eat at any of the 5 campuses, as each campus has its own specialties and the menus are always changing.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: As a consortium, we have 6 dining halls to choose from. And each offers delicious and usually pretty healthy options. CMC also offers a late night snack every weeknight.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: We are really spoiled at the 5Cs, the food is generally very good. There are 7 dining halls to chose from. Watch out for the freshman 15!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food at CMC is great. Lobster and steak for Christmas and custom Asian wok a few nights per week.

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For a small school, CMC students are pretty spoiled by the array of eating options. While meal plans are required for freshmen, nobody minds because the food is so good.

Students at the Claremont Consortium can eat at any eatery on any campus—which adds some much needed variety to what would otherwise be a monotonous eating schedule. Collins Dining Hall is the only dining hall on CMC’s campus, and though it used to be one of the worst dining halls, it’s rapidly improving. With every meal, there are a variety of healthy choices, including a vegan and vegetarian section, and meat options that rotate. It’s cafeteria style, with several stations that offer a good variety of various ethnic and American classic eats. CMC has also renovated the café  in the student center, which serves foods such as smoothies, burgers, and nachos. Students migrate from school to school following the best meals (sushi at Scripps, tacos at Pomona, brunch at Pitzer, steak night at Harvey Mudd, and Little Italy at CMC).

The other major eating option at CMC is the Athenauem. The Ath is a semiformal dining room that hosts an array of impressive speakers. CMCers dress up, enjoy a classy meal, and a speech from leaders around the world. Some recent big names include Steven Levitt, W.S. Merwin, RuPaul, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. While the food is hit-or-miss, students always enjoy a night at the Ath.
 

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
16
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6785 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All students living on campus must have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Collins
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Coop (at Pomona)
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Smoothies
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Stir-fry
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Mozzarella sticks
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Your meal plan is useable at all of the dining options throughout the Five College Consortium.
Did You Know?
On very special, very wonderful nights, the In-N-Out truck will visit campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Collins Dining Hall
Location: Claremont McKenna
Food: Grille, vegetables, vegan, pizza, deli
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
The Coop
Location: Smith Campus Center, Pomona
Food: Burgers, salads, smoothies, shakes
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Frank Dining Hall
Location: Pomona South Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Frary Dining Hall
Location: Pomona North Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
The Grove House
Location: Pitzer
Food: Lunch selections
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 12 p.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons
Location: Harvey Mudd
Food: Pizza, rotisserie oven, sushi, ethnic, deli
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
The Hub
Location: Emett Student Center, Claremont McKenna
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snack foods
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Jay's Place
Location: Platt Campus Center, Harvey Mudd
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Malott Commons
Location: Scripps Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Mandarin Café
Location: Gold Campus Center, Pitzer
Food: Asian Pacific
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
McConnell Bistro
Location: Pitzer
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Motley Coffeehouse
Location: Scripps
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Oldenborg Dining Hall
Location: Pomona North Campus
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Sagehen Café
Location: Smith Campus Center, Pomona
Food: Upscale restaurant-style; wraps, pasta, seafood
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 27 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 worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 42% Meal swipes don't carry over to the next week.
  • 25% The dining halls aren't open for very long
  • 17% Expensive to meal replace
  • 17% Long lines

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Scripps
  • 30% CMC or Pitzer
  • 20% Mudd

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Expensive. they steal your money
  • 20% Pomona
  • 20% Collins

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 71% Buffet style
  • 14% Nothing Expensive Mandatory
  • 14% Eat at any of the 5 colleges
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