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Campus Food


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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is majorly overpriced and not nutritious. 4 winds is okay but it takes forever to get your incredibly tiny portion. The convenience store has decent weekday hours and the substation can be a life saver, in terms of getting portion size and nutrition.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: We were voted #2 worst in the nation, and with good reason. The hours are erratic and often food runs out hours before the dining hall closes. The options are fairly distasteful, limited, and somewhat unpredictable. It was often a challenge for many of my friends to eat, especially those who required vegan options. I had trouble as well, even though my dietary choices were mostly unlimited. I commend them for trying to resolve some issues by selling ice cream and organic produce, but it was not enough to outweigh the terrible food quality. Hopefully with our new food provider, some of these issues will be resolved.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: MY campus dining is TERRIBLE! We are served the same food nearly every day (if they are even open to serve) and even though there are options for vegetarians, they are not healthy in anyway, nor do they taste good.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The cafeteria is often barely open, and there is no variety to be found.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: While there is a vegan and vegetarian option for every meal, the choices are so dismal and the food so repetitive that the food seems really bad, even if it isn't that bad-tasting. Late night is every night until pretty late, but it's always pizza. Often with the topping of that days meal. Meatloaf pizza. Mixed vegetables pizza. Stuff like that. If you get really lucky there'll be overpriced chicken wings or strips. As far as lunch and dinner go, there are two lines. 'Ethnic' (stir fry or pasta) and 'homestyle' (turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables). They're either not seasoned enough, or over seasoned. It's the actual worst. There are however many drink options. Those are better than the worst. The cafeteria runs on a point system where one point = a dollar. And students can sell and transfer points amongst themselves


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Food services is a source of bitter controversy on campus. With so many vegetarian, vegan, health-conscious, and epicurean students, Sodexo (the campus food provider) could do a better job keeping everyone happy. Many students find the food to be repetitive and unhealthy with inferior ingredients. The cafeteria hours are limited, and the weekend ushers in a food drought of sorts. NCF has a food-conscious population that finds itself saddled with a food service provider who, despite attempts to improve, continually underperforms student expectations. In fact, there have been talks of starting a student-led food co-op program to replace Sodexo's services.

There is one main dining hall on the East Side of campus (Hamilton Center). On the West Side, the popular student-run Four Winds Café provides an alternative. Students and professors congregate there for discussion, tutorials, and relaxation. The Four Winds provides a necessary alternative to the Sodexo doldrums. Unfortunately, the meal plan cannot be used there without paying a transfer fee. Surprisingly, a large amount of students makes the transfer. Sodexo could be better, but at least they’re keeping people nourished. The cooks are open to student input, so it’s all a matter of letting them know what you want. However, just having only one food locale accepting meal plan dollars is aggravating to say the least.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$2697 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Four Winds Café
  • Hamilton Center
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Four Winds Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagel with veggie cream cheese
  • Breakfast potatoes
  • Make-your-own waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Panini
  • Pizza
  • Salad bar
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Pizza
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Four Winds Café
Location: Off the Dort Promenade, near the Ball Anthropology Laboratory
Food: Bagels, baked goods, coffees, salads, sandwiches, vegan, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hamilton Center
Location: Hamilton Center
Food: Full-service cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Sub Shop
Location: Hamilton Center, adjacent to the main dining hall
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 26 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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