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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dickinson serves typical cafeteria food, the food is neither great nor bad. However, it does seem to be repetitive as they cycle the same menus every two weeks. The Snar is the best option for students as it gives them a variety of choices and is straight of the grill. Many people do not use all of the any-20 swipes per week it would probably be best to use flex dollars instead of wasting swipes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's pretty good. There are a wide variety of meal choices. I like that I can switch it up.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The caf is packed at peak hours, the food is mediocre at best and it's a hit or miss on any given day. There are a variety of options, but it gets monotonous pretty quickly.

The snar is not so good, the line usually moves slow and the food is just edible.

The quarry offers much better options, but not many.

Overall, the food is like most colleges. It's not moms home cooking, and it goes through you pretty quick. Many upperclassmen will cook at their of campus houses and get on a flex plan.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: After about a semester, the food cycles through all over again. Variety is extremely lacking and the quality and sustainability aspects also suffer. Other options are good but only as a temporary fix, as most menus don't change and Carlisle doesn't offer a lot of restuarants

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: yummy food, plenty of options, sushi!!


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The Dickinson cafeteria is very popular, so much so that it is usually crowded during peak eating hours. Choices between salads, sandwiches, soups, stir-fry, vegan meals, and the hot entrée of the day are offered, as well as a wide assortment of desserts that are made fresh from the bakery daily. For those who need a break in their eating routines, the Union Station (fondly referred to as the “Snar”) and the Quarry are open during all mealtimes and later at night than the cafeteria. An additional benefit to these eating alternatives is that food can be made to order and taken out, making both extremely popular with students looking to grab a quick sandwich or salad. The Underground serves great coffee, baked goods, and bagels on weekdays, and it is set in a comfortable lounge environment, perfect for studying or meeting up with friends.

The problem most students find with dining on campus, however, is the lack of options. Though students are satisfied with the four places to eat, these spots are usually crowded during peak hours, and none are open 24 hours. Late at night, some students opt to eat off campus at local takeout favorites such as Deli-C, Sheetz, and various pizza places. However, eating on campus is the norm, and most students are generally content with the available food choices.


Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5602 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
The Union Station (or Snar, short for snack bar, as students call it)
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
“Deli Creations,” or “Deli-C”, will deliver anything you want to your dorm room at any hour of the day. In addition to being a convenience store, they make every kind of food imaginable for delivery or pickup. There is a Papa John’s in Carlisle that delivers to the dorms until 12 a.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends, and sometimes a pizza truck drives around campus at night as well. Chinese places in Carlisle deliver to student residences, also.
Did You Know?
  • Dickinson offers a choice of three meal plans for students living on campus. They are the Traditional (20 meals a week) or the Flexboard I and Flexboard II points plans. With the points plans, students receive a number of points on their meal card (700 for Flex I and 650 for Flex II). A point value is assigned to every meal, so when the card is used, a certain number of points are deducted (2 for breakfast, 3 for lunch and 5 for dinner). The advantages of choosing one of the Flex meal plans over the Traditional plan are that you can bring a guest to dinner without any additional charge (you simply "Flex" your guest in to the cafeteria using your points).
  • You also get "declining balance" money in your student account ($125 with Flex I and $150 with Flex II) that can be used anywhere on campus, and if you have leftover points at the end of the semester, you can go to the "Bargain Parlor," a store the college sets up for those with leftover points, and purchase food. The Flexboard plans are not good, however, for those who intend on eating every meal, as it is possible to run out of meal points and have to buy more.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café on College
Location: The Quarry, College Street
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Location: HUB, rear entrance to the cafeteria
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, yogurt
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Main Dining Hall
Location: Holland Union Building
Food: Cafeteria with entrees, grill items, sandwiches, soups, vegan/vegetarian items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
The Underground
Location: HUB lower level
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Union Station
Location: Holland Union Building
Food: Grilled sandwiches, salads, soups, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 41 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 19 responses

  • 38% The Kove in the cafeteria
  • 30% Quarry Sandwiches
  • 24% Snar
  • 5% Juice Bar
  • 3% Underground
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