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Campus Food


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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's average. However, if you find yourself hungry after 9:30pm you're kind of screwed.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It really depends on the day. There's always meal exchange.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Could be better or worse.

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1 College Junior

Campus Food: Unacceptable generally, although about once a week the food isn't bad

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Canteen food is alright, but it gets repetitive after some time. Sometimes it is hard to eat healthy, because pizza and burgers are served pretty much all the time.

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Earlham's dining hall, SAGA, may be all-you-can-eat, but good luck getting your money's worth. As a freshman, you will be required to purchase a 19-meal-per-week plan, which you can only use at SAGA or for meal exchange at the Coffee Shop on weeknights. The salad bar—complete with baby spinach, fresh veggies, feta cheese, oil and balsamic vinegar—provides all the necessary ingredients for a snazzy and satisfying semi-gourmet meal. Most mornings, you can order eggs to be cooked as you like, and at lunch and dinnertime, toasters, microwaves, and two frying pans can help you get creative with a classy grilled cheese or stir-fry with rice. If you miss home cooking, fill up a to-go box with some raw ingredients to make a meal in your dorm kitchen. SAGA food isn't bad at first, but it gets redundant after a while.

Fortunately, as you move up in the world, you can drop your meal plan altogether (if you're not still living in a dorm). All in all, semi-greasy SAGA food will get you through your first year and give you time to decide for yourself how you want to eat for the next three years. Even if you don't cook, delicious treats are there if you know where to look for them. Don't miss out on a free gourmet meal on Farm Days (every Saturday at Miller Farm) or at Sabbat dinner in the JCC on Friday nights.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4070 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken tortilla soup
  • Yellow curry tofu
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chocolate brownie
  • Cookies
  • Smoothies or lattes from Jazzman's
Student Favorites
  • Salad bar
  • Self-serve hard ice cream
  • Theme cuisine (a more adventurous food counter in Saga)
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
To-go boxes are available for students to fill up at Saga on weekdays when they don't have time to sit and eat. Additionally, the Eats To Go Program offers a selection of lunch foods, including salads, veggie options, and wraps, which students can order in advance and pick up at the time they designate.
Did You Know?
  • Once a semester, as exams draw near, Saga opens for moonlight breakfast. All students are invited to this late-night feast (even if they are not on the meal plan), where they are served pancakes and bacon, among other breakfast favorites, by professors and other faculty.
  • The Coffee Shop offers a "Meal Exchange" for those on meal plans. Students may choose to eat dinner in the Coffee Shop (from a preselected menu which includes a six-inch Subway sub) in place of the traditional dinner meal served in SAGA.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Coffee Shop
Location: Runyan Center
Food: Salad, grill, Subway
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Location: The Coffee Shop
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–1 a.m., Saturday 9 p.m.–12 a.m., Sunday 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
SAGA (The Dining Hall)
Location: Between Runyan Center and Earlham Hall
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 17 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 9 responses

  • 35% Meal Exchange is also fairly decent
  • 24% The cafeteria has a lot of options
  • 24% "Red Hot Chef" (individually prepared dishes)
  • 12% The Vegetarian/Vegan options are great
  • 6% They get very creative with creating dishes
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