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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is very good. The dining hall is large and fits a lot of people. I don't know the menus as I don't eat on campus very often. There seems to be variety in the food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: don't like all the southern food choices

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2 College Junior

Campus Food: I don't eat at the cafeteria because the food usually sucks.

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2 College Junior

Campus Food: There aren't very many options. The university stopped doing late night a few years ago but they started back up at the end of the 2013-2014 year. The only good thing is that we got a starbucks last year.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The hall itself is beautiful. Love the campus center. The food is pretty bad. Some days are worse than others. I love that we get $100 for Starbucks, but I would gladly give that up to be able to opt out of the meal plan. All students who live on campus (and you must live on campus for three years if you do not live within a certain radius of the school) must have an all inclusive meal plan. There is one cafeteria so there is not an option of where to eat. It is also all inclusive so there are no price options on what to pay. The workers, in my experience, are rude to the students, inappropriate, and unprofessional (again, this is not all workers just a few). I would much rather pay for a limited amount of meals per week or opt out completely then pay for the food here and pay for groceries that I buy when I can so I don't have to eat here.

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Emerson is Oglethorpe's sole dining area, and it provides students with an ample amount of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even inbetween meals. Unfortunately, there was recently a health scare that was traced back to the cafeteria's broken dishwasher. Whether or not this attribution is correct, the association has had a profound effect on the students; many of them are now concerned with the cafeteria's perceived lack of cleanliness.

Outside of these problems, Emerson is a fine institution. The staff is friendly, and the meals are unique, although some students would prefer simpler, more-balanced dishes. The staff is willing to work with these students as well as with any others who have nutritional needs or specific food preferences. While Emerson may not have everything perfected, it is certainly making the effort.

There are many choices available for vegetarians/vegans, picky-eaters, and students with sensitive stomachs. An entire section is devoted to "Cucina Verde," while another serves salads and a third always has cereal. Pizza is available daily, as are deli meats and desserts. Sometimes students won't enjoy the majority of meals available to choose from, but they can always find something to eat.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All students living in the residence halls are required to participate in the meal plan, and since all freshmen (excluding commuters) are required to live on campus, the rule applies to them.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Vending machines
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Fruit salad
  • Omelettes
  • Pancakes
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Cheeseburger and Fries
  • Cobbler
  • Fried Chicken
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Cheeseburger and fries
  • Pizza
Special Options
Oglethorpe has a large variety of foods available, including a salad bar, a grille, and a vegetarian section. Comfort foods are available everyday, as are deli meats, pizza, and sweets. If a student wants or needs a specific type of food he is encouraged to request it; Emerson will adamantly accept the challenge of meeting every student's dietary needs.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Emerson Café
Location: Emerson Student Center
Food: All-you-can-eat; includes a grill, a "comforts" section, vegetarian options, deli, sweets, and a pizza bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
University Café
Location: Goodman Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries, pre-made sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics     Based on 48 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 22 responses

  • 43% Starbucks
  • 21% The cafeteria
  • 14% The only option is the TLCC cafeteria and Starbs
  • 7% None
  • 7% Pasta
  • 4% Dessert Bar
  • 4% Fresh Fruit
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