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Campus Food


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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The ability to choose between three dining halls and The Spa allows for great variety of meals.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I can always find something that I want to eat.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: People love to complain about the food but honestly it's great. Compared to other colleges, we have great quality meals. We have four potential places to go for a meal that all have their own unique style and ingredients, which makes for great variety.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Good food, sometimes, but I've found hair and metal wire in my food before.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is pretty decent on campus, better than most places. It's an all-you-can-eat sort of thing, so be really careful about that! There can be really limited options in some of the dining halls, though, so watch the menus


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Dining is integral to the Colby social life, and the individual characteristics of the three dining halls partly define campus politics. Tables in the dining halls are big, as they are meant for large groups of friends, and they usually end up overcrowded anyway. Lots of social interaction happens over dining hall food, and it’s not too much of a stretch to say that friendships have formed and ended due to dining hall preference. Foss lovers praise the gourmet and vegan fare but can be blind to the small size and crowdedness of their favorite dining hall. Bob’s fans are devoted to the pasta and grilled cheese bars but can overlook the dismal atmosphere and wimpy salad bar. Dana is surprisingly middle-of-the-road, although students who live in Dana love the convenience (and consequently never leave their building).

Three dining halls can feel like too few by the end of the school year, especially during the long month of January when Foss is (tragically) closed, but food is an important part of the Colby experience. The food is good, the desserts are phenomenal, and the dining halls provide a great social outlet, especially since meal plans are required.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5670 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Different students have different favorites
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Spa
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels from the Spa
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Grilled salmon
  • Mac and cheese
  • Turkey burger
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chicken quesadilla from the Spa
  • Mozzarella sticks from the Spa
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
There are always vegan and vegetarian options, and Colby uses lots of local products.
Did You Know?
Students can use their meal plan to get lunch selections from The Spa or Grab N Go, both of which are in Cotter Union.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Caporale Lounge
Location: Pulver Pavilion
Food: Grab-and-go lunch
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dana Dining Hall
Location: The Commons
Food: Burgers, pizza, salad, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Foss Dining Hall
Location: The Commons
Food: Gourmet fare, vegan, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Grab N Go
Location: Cotter Union
Food: Sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Joseph Family Spa (the Spa)
Location: Cotter Union
Food: Bagels, fajitas, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Marchese Bluelight Pub (the Pub)
Location: Cotter Union
Food: Fries, pizza, wings
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Robert's Dining Hall (Bob's)
Location: The Commons
Food: Cafeteria, greasy-spoon fare
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 17% Flatbread Pizza
  • 15% Omelette and Egg Bar
  • 13% Ice cream.
  • 13% Desserts
  • 9% Chicken
  • 9% Fruit
  • 7% Salad Bar
  • 7% Anything from Foss
  • 4% Dana Burgers
  • 4% Dana Tacos and Burritos
  • 2% Themed food nights

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options


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