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Campus Food


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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: While we love to hate on Peirce, truth is that Kenyon's dining hall exceeds that of most college campuses. Sure, the food is bad sometimes, mediocre at others, and then on-point. Like life, [Peirce] "it's like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're gonna get."

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some people really enjoy Peirce, but quite frankly, the food is often prepared poorly or just plain repetitive. It feels like sometimes they get carried away with trying to prepare more difficult meals, when simpler, yet better-prepared foods would do the job just fine. I found myself paying for food outside Peirce far too often.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's better than most college food, and the dining staff is really accommodating and they're always willing to listen to us and our recommendations which is really nice!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall itself is stellar. While variety is sometimes limited, compared to other college dining halls it is about as good as they come. The food is usually good and the chefs try their best to make new things and give us options. The meal plan is easy: unlimited food at the one dining hall. Off-campus dining is limited but the market is open pretty late and the Night-Bites cafe is open until early hours of the morning.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: There is lots of variety, an awesome local foods program, and our head chef takes and responds to requests/suggestions/complaints via Facebook. There's only one dining hall, but that means it's a good place to find anyone you might be looking for!


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Kenyon’s dining hall is unique in that you can walk right in and eat your meal. There is no swipe card system, no number of breakfast items that you can eat. This is because Kenyon has no meal plan. Students pay a standard fee for all-you-can-eat food whenever Peirce Hall is open. Because there are few options in “town” for alternative food, the system works amazingly well. As college food goes, Kenyon's offerings are actually pretty decent. The chefs try to provide variety while still catering to everyone’s needs. There is always a salad and sandwich bar, a pizza station, a pasta dish, and vegetarian cuisine. The other two stations—comfort and international—change a bit more frequently, offering everything from quesadillas to burgers. AVI Foodsystems is very receptive to student feedback, and the company often changes whole menus when the student body does not like something.

The dining hall is a nut-free facility, except for peanut butter, which is kept in a contained space. This and other allergy provisions—a gluten free fridge stocked with abundant options—make the Kenyon dining scene very allergy friendly. Peirce strives to use as much local, organic produce as possible. Most of the veggies and fruit do come from farms in the area, and local meat options are becoming more prevalent. That being said, this means that out-of-season fruits and veggies may not be available in the cafeteria.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6300 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Peirce Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken parmesan
  • Chicken patties
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Late-night food cart
24-Hour Dining

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Athletic Center
Location: Kenyon Athletic Center
Food: A pro shop café
Hours: Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Peirce Dining Hall
Location: Gund Commons
Food: Marketplace-style (Asian, bakery, deli, desserts, grill, homestyle, Italian, international, pizza, soup)
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 42 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

  • 25% The Village Inn
  • 23% Our one and only dining hall, Peirce!
  • 20% The Deli.
  • 16% Wiggins Street Coffee
  • 9% The Kenyon Inn
  • 5% No options, sorry!
  • 2% The Cove


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