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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's your average buffet styled food.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's no different than other colleges food

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I wish there was a way to incorporate meal swipes with the Bistro and possibly Ginino's. And for the amount I pay I wish the quality would be better at the dining hall.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Sometimes the food is okay. There's some days where everything is great. But it's basically the same all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall is the option most people use. There is a pizza place and a bistro on campus. The bistro can be quite pricey, but some prefer it over the dining hall. A lot of people get tired of the dining hall. There are a couple other options five minutes away.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Dining on campus is limited, but students do the best with what they've got. There is one dining hall, which is clean, modern, and pretty. And the catering company that runs it, AVI, makes a sincere effort to satisfy the needs of the students. The dining hall always has a sandwich bar, salad bar, pizza, pasta, soup, and grill (the grill serves burgers and fries). In addition, three additional stations offer rotating dishes. The three stations are the home-cooked foods (like turkey or lasagna), international food (a lot of exotic things), and the fresh bar (a lot of vegetarian dishes). However, the dining hall does a terrible job of catering to vegetarian or vegan diets. Many vegans and vegetarians end up joining Hiram's Stone Soup Cooperative, which consists of a couple dozen students who work "shifts" of cooking vegetarian dishes and cleaning the kitchens. These are the only students who have 24-hour access to a dining facility on campus. The cooperative is entirely student-run and caters to just about any dietary need.

The last on-campus dining facility is the Bistro, which serves hot and cold food as well as snacks and coffee until 10 p.m. It is located in the student center ("the KC") and is generally buzzing. Its food and prices get mixed reviews, but often it's more appreciated than the dining hall, particularly because it's open later than the dining hall. Students are also able to go off campus to eat or can order delivery from a pizza place, but these options can be costly, and many students don't have a car. That's why one of the biggest complaints about campus dining is that there is nothing to eat at night. Perhaps, that's a reason why so many students stock up on ramen.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5040 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All residential students are required to buy a meal plan unless they live in East Hall or the Townhouses.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
There is only one dining hall.
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon
  • Omelet bar
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
The international grill at the dining hall
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Chicken strips
24-Hour Dining
If you are a member of the Stone Soup Cooperative, you have 24-hour access to its kitchens.
Special Options
Every semester, you can apply to the all-vegetarian, student-run Stone Soup Cooperative.
Did You Know?
The campus dining services allows students to submit their own recipes from home to be prepared and served in the dining hall.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Bistro
Location: Kennedy Center
Food: Burgers, coffee, fries, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Hiram Dining Hall
Location: Bottom of the hill
Food: Just about everything-burgers, pizza, salad, pasta, etc.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 21% The bistro has the best options just cost money.
  • 19% The dining hall is best because it's free.
  • 11% The Bistro is okay I guess but it's expensive.
  • 11% Need healthier options
  • 9% There's always Gionino's but it's really not great
  • 9% Can't use meal swipes at Bistro. Only terrier cash
  • 6% The dining hall's salad bar has variety of veggies
  • 4% Pack a lunch that I can store in Commuter lounge
  • 4% There are gluten free options at the dining hall
  • 2% Dining hall's staff knows foods' ingredients
  • 2% Go to walmart and get your ow food
  • 2% Gioninos is on campus and is great.

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 44 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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