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Campus Food


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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: People complain about Mudd's dining hall mostly because of repetition (which every college dining hall struggles with), but in terms of quality, the Hoch is one of the better options on the 5Cs. There are plenty of food options to choose from, and the staff is very courteous and is willing to make accommodations for those with dietary needs. Sometimes, the lines are long, but that's usually because of a really good dish and because students from the other 5Cs tend to flock to the Hoch.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: The cafeteria is very unhealthy: a ton of oil and fat even on the salads that they make.

They are only trying to steal your money:

- There are 3 meal plans (the 8 meal plan where you get 8 meals a week, 12 meal plan, and 16 meal plan) but there are no 14 meal plan which is the perfect number of meals that most students eat.

- Each meal works out to be $15. (The 8 meal plan costs $4,000).

- The number of meals and the amount of money you get to spend per week on food DOES NOT ROLL OVER TO THE NEXT WEEK. The school steals money from you every single week because no one uses up those last 20 cents. That's $150 at least they make a week off of unused food money from its students.

- The prices of food that you can buy with your meal plan is super expensive.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think we're very lucky that we have the options that we do. Not a lot of schools have the variety and quality that all of the 5C's, especially Mudd, have.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is good, odd hours for college students though

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I generally like the food on campus, but the Mudd dining hall does not have a lot of vegan options, so I eat on the other 5c campuses a lot. The meal plan is also a bit frustrating because there's no plan for just lunch and dinner every day, and our meals do not roll over week to week, so if I have a field trip and special event one week I can't save up my meals for the next week when I want to eat at the dining hall.

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The food on campus is decent. Breakfast on the weekdays and brunch on the weekends have a smoothie bar (students love this). One good thing about living in a five college consortium is that you have many more options for dining. If you don’t like the food at HMC, wander around and try the food at other campuses. Other options are buying macaroni from the Coop, waiting until Jay’s Place opens to get pizza, or cook for yourself. There are a lot of ways to avoid the dining hall blues. Rotation is the key to avoid eating the same meal day in and day out. However, because students have such busy schedules, sometimes even walking to another dining hall is just too much effort.

There are also specialty items that parents can order for their children through HMC’s Dining Services, such as care packages and birthday cakes. Students, be sure to take advantage of special events and tables run by Mudd. Mudders may complain a lot about the food, but it’s more an issue of variety than anything else. As long as you take the time to walk to another dining hall every once in a while, you’ll be able to avoid the repetition of HMC meals.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$7023 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Jay's Place
  • The Motley
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Students can use their meal plan at any dining hall location in the Claremont Consortium
Special Options
Meal card barbeques or special dinners
Did You Know?
  • Every year, all the students from the 5C eat together outside at one of the campuses, and all the different dining halls make their own different food in a sort of buffet-bar dinner.
  • The meal plan includes meals at every dining hall in the Claremont Consortium. It is set for 8, 12, or 16 meals, and an equal number of "Flex Dollars," which is money on the plan that may be spent like a pre-paid credit card but only for food.
  • There are language tables that gather occasionally at lunch, where people get together at a table and spend all of lunch speaking in a foreign language.
  • If you live in West, East, or Case Halls, there is a dorm table in the front of the Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons where you can go and make friends with people from your dorm. Why only West and East? Nobody knows.
  • The Coop down at Pomona is an excellent place to go shopping for Pop Tarts, macaroni and cheese, and other snack foods to tide you over through the week.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Hixon Court Food Cart
Location: Hixon Court
Food: Coffee, fruit, bagels
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons
Location: Hoch Shanahan Dining Commons
Food: Pizza, entrees, rotisserie cooked meats, vegetarian and vegan options
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.
Jay's Place
Location: Lower level of Platt Campus Center
Food: Pizza, subs, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 14 responses

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