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Campus Food


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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are essentially 7 difference dining halls to choose from due to the consortium, ranging from slightly above average to absolutely incredible - all but two of which are within no more than a 10 minutes' walk from the the furthest point on Pomona's campus. Pomona actually has the weaker dining halls in the consortium but that's not too hard considering how amazing the other campus's food is. And since all five campuses have the same meal plan system it's not a problem. There are also several pretty good cafe/grill-type places around campus which can be paid either with real money or by "flex" (between 160 and 240 dollars that Pomona gives you every semester for food).

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: I'm away from campus and can now really appreciate how good the dining halls are at the Claremont Colleges. It's not the best food I've ever had, but the food options are fresh, well-made, and bountiful in variety. Having access to 6 dining halls (no, Oldenborg doesn't count) is a great asset. But the other colleges, especially Mudd and Scripps, have better food on the whole than do those at Pomona, hence the 4 rating instead of a 5.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is delicious and diverse, and dining hall staff are willing to take student suggestions as to what to make next!

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Although Pomona's food is good, I often find myself going to other 5C colleges because I prefer their food a little more (Scripps brunch!!) but overall, we're so fortunate to have such good food.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: Great food. Pomona's food is probably the worst of the 5C's, but even by itself it does quite well. Having 7 dining halls- 4 of which are nationally renowned- means plenty of variety and quality options. Such a system is unheard of in other liberal art colleges.


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The quality of campus food service is a common target for complaint and ridicule among students, but Pomona actually does a pretty good job. No, it's not gourmet, nor probably even commensurate with your dear mother's cooking, but Pomona's dining halls offer a large variety of dining options. Students particularly laud the design-your-own meals, which range from pizza to stir-fry and have become more and more of a fixture in recent years. The option of attending the other colleges' dining halls also provides some needed variety. The dining hall staff also goes to great lengths, unfortunately with very mixed results, to meet the needs of those with dietary restrictions.

Pomona dining inspires mixed reviews. There are a staggering amount of options, but you get a nagging feeling that the food just isn't that fresh. However, preparing meals, day in and day out, for 1,400 hungry students with a whole slew of dietary preferences and restrictions must be a staggering task. There is a good dynamic between Frary and Frank dining halls, the former being an enormous, cathedral-esque hall, the latter being far more modern and varied in design. Vegetarians and vegans certainly won't starve, though they may end up eating a lot of plain pasta and bagels. Nightly "Snack," a sort of ad-hoc meal each weeknight from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, not only provides late-night sustenance, but serves as a sort of social event, as well. One thing you can definitely say for the dining hall staff is that they try very hard to mix things up. However, they are consistently inconsistent, which can at times be very frustrating for an on-campus diner.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5900 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Frank Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Omelets
  • Smoothies
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Snack at Frary
Student Favorites
The Coop Fountain
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Eating at other campuses—Collins (the CMC dining hall) and Mallot Commons (the Scripps dining hall) are particular favorites.
Did You Know?
  • Pomona's Frary Dining Hall is graced with a giant mural by Jose Orozco of Prometheus. The giant, fire-bringing half-god is pictured writhing amidst all sorts of dark and portentous figures, one of whom resembles a fetal fawn with a baby's head—just what students want to see when they're eating. In the '50s, when it was painted, the college officials were worried about female students seeing ol' Prometheus's package, and so they had it painted over. To this day, Prometheus, without whom none of us would have fire, remains emasculated.
  • Many students tout the merits of sneaking into Frank Dining Hall, which merely requires scaling a five-foot wall out back. Yes, it's easy (except when the back door is being guarded), but remember that crime doesn't pay. Unless you are really, really hungry and have no other options for obtaining sustenance. In that case, a good argument could be made for it paying.
  • It's also possible to sneak into Frary Dining Hall during off hours, but it requires scaling buildings and shimmying through ducts, and when you finally get in, all the food is locked away anyway.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Frank Dining Hall
Location: South Campus
Food: Varied, vegetarian options
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Frary Dining Hall
Location: North Campus
Food: Varied, vegetarian options
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Oldenborg Dining Hall
Location: Mid-Campus
Food: International
Hours: Monday–Friday 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 33 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 18 responses

  • 34% Other College dining halls
  • 22% Pomona dining halls
  • 12% Coop Fountain
  • 10% CMC's Athenaeum
  • 7% The Hub
  • 7% Scripps' dining hall
  • 5% Jay's Place
  • 2% Coop Store


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