For the most part, Georgetown students maintain an enlightened air of resignation when it comes to campus food: They don’t love it, but they have enough friends at other universities to know that what they’re getting is at least as good as the East Coast average. The cafeteria and meal-planning staff is grudgingly credited with doing the best that they probably can, given the circumstances—though students are often incredulous that, given the high price of Georgetown meal plans, the quality and variety of the food isn’t higher. All in all, the situation can be pretty plainly summarized: If your main dietary requirement has to do with quantity (e.g., guys), you’ll be fine. If you’re more interested in the subtleties of the palate (e.g., girls), you should think about purchasing a smaller meal plan and looking to feed yourself off campus whenever possible.
College dining, as has been suggested by any number of American movies, is never going to be anything to write home about. What’s largely overlooked, when it comes to the question of campus dining, is the important social function served by the cafeterias, one of which is planted firmly in the midst of the three freshman dorms. The easy accessibility of the dining halls (a three-minute walk from the freshman halls) is not to be overlooked—there are few more comforting first-year rituals than that of grabbing something to eat with some newfound or prospective friends.