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Campus Food


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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I absolutely LOVE the food at Mount Holyoke. Since I actually worked at a dining hall this year, I saw first hand the whole process of making our food and I can vouch for both its cleanliness and tastiness! The food at all the dining halls are prepared by professionals with local ingredients. Every food is labeled with the ingredients and calories to inform students that may have allergies, etc. There are many options for dining so if you don't like the food at one dining hall you can go to another. There are so many options to choose from and they usually are all great. Not to mention free Milk and Cookies every week night in your dorm!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is decent. However, it would be great if they used fresher ingredients without as many preservatives etc, and if the menus were more varied.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food gets really repetitive and open hours are too limited, causing crowding and long lines in most dining halls when most students are rushing to classes.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: the food gets repetivie and there as not that many options really. each dining hall practically serves the same food but on different days

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I would like more spice options.


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Mount Holyoke students like to make little complaints about food, but the reality is that most people enjoy it. Since the board plan is required for all students who live on campus, food is extremely important. There is a wide range of student opinion on the topic of campus dining. Some say the food in Blanchard is too greasy. Other students say they love having so many options. Some say dining hall food is horrible, while others say they don’t mind it. In general, the food is edible, and there are always vegetarian and vegan options. However, it can sometimes lack flavor, and some of the more “creative” vegetarian alternatives tend to become the stuff of legend—not in a good way. Some things, such as meatballs, just weren’t meant to be vegetarian.

In recent years, Mount Holyoke has begun to compost in all dining centers, which can trip up first-year students at the dish line, but it certainly helps the environment. Dining Services has also made an effort to get more locally grown food from area farmers and even from the Mount Holyoke College Student Garden. In fact, one of the most popular Gracious Dinners of the year is the local food Gracious Dinner. While there are still complaints and kinks to be worked out, the food at Mount Holyoke is better than food at other schools according to those who’ve been to other campuses, so students count their blessings.


Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6200 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
Blanchard Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Rao's Food: Coffee, muffins, pastries Location: Library atrium Hours: Monday - Thursday 8a.m. - 11p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 9a.m. - 9p.m. Uncommon Grounds Coffee Bar Food: Coffee and coffee drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, bagels, pastries and desserts Location: Blanchard Campus Center, middle level Hours: Monday - Friday 8a.m. -9p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Did You Know?
  • Many dining halls have special features only available at that location, in addition to the regular offerings. Prospect has the Culinary Showcase, which provides extra options for lunch and dinner such as a stir-fry, a carving station, or soup bar. Ham-MacGregor has an Edy's soft-serve ice cream machine.
  • Every Sunday, lunch is replaced by brunch in dining halls. Foods such as scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, and gourmet muffins are available. Each dining hall that serves brunch has a specialty; for example, Prospect has a made-to-order omelette and waffle bar, and Abbey-Buckland has crêpes with a variety of fillings.
  • Private dining rooms are available in Abbey and North and South Rocky. These can be reserved (usually by student organizations wishing to hold a meeting), and students can have a measure of privacy while still eating in the dining hall.
  • Gracious Dinners, held at semi-regular intervals throughout the school year, are a long-standing Mount Holyoke tradition. They used to be formal affairs but now involve mostly just the addition of candles and special place settings to dining hall tables-but they are still something to look forward to. They are usually centered on a theme, such as African or Italian food. The Halloween and Valentine's Day dinners often feature more dessert than dinner!

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Abbey-Buckland Dining Center
Location: Abbey-Buckland
Food: Station dining, including omelets and stir-fry
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Blanchard Café
Location: Blanchard Student Center, lower level
Food: Grill, pasta, quesadillas, salad bars, sandwiches, soups, stir-fry
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Ham-MacGregor Dining Center
Location: Ham-MacGregor
Food: Breakfast, deli, ice cream
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Kendade Atrium
Location: In the corner of the lower level of Kendade Hall
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snacks, yogurt
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Prospect Dining Center
Location: Prospect, on the lake
Food: "Culinary Showcase," which can include nearly anything (pasta, pizza, soup/noodle bar, stir-fry)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Library Atrium
Food: Coffee, muffins, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Rocky Dining Center
Location: Rocky Dining Hall
Food: Deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Torrey Grab n' Go Dining Center
Location: Torrey
Food: Pre-packaged salads, sandwiches, snacks, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Uncommon Grounds Coffee Bar
Location: Blanchard Campus Center, middle level
Food: Baked goods, coffee, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Wilder Dining Center
Location: Wilder
Food: Asian, kosher/halal, Middle Eastern
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 a.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 67 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 24 responses

  • 26% Wilder
  • 23% Blanchard
  • 23% Prospect
  • 9% Ham Macgregor
  • 8% Kendade Atrium Cafe
  • 5% Rockies
  • 5% Abbey Buck

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 20 responses

  • 30% Dining halls close early
  • 20% Food gets repetitive
  • 17% There are certain times of day when nothing's open
  • 15% Not being able to choose when you eat.
  • 11% There aren't ever any fresh fruits or vegetables
  • 4% Fresh fruits can become scarce.
  • 4% Canned fruits only

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

  • 38% Ham/MacGregor
  • 29% Abbey/Buckland
  • 19% North Rockies
  • 10% I never ate on campus
  • 5% Blanchard Cafe

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 19 responses

  • 52% You can eat as much food as you want.
  • 30% You get 3 meals a day, plus spending money!
  • 13% The people working in Dining Services are great.
  • 4% I only buy the cheapest food I can find, so yeah.



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