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Campus Food


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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to all the other schools I've visited, Skidmore has the best food. Some people complain about it, but I generally think the food is pretty good. We have a pretty good variety, and I've only had one or two things that were BAD. Occasionally a little bland, yeah, but not bad. And they give you money every semester to buy food from places that take skidcards (which the vending machines also do)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots of selection + unlimited meal plan for sophomores & freshman.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is pretty great and it's almost always available.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Very pleased with campus dining!

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Better than other liberal arts colleges I visited.

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The food at Skidmore is quite good for "college food." There is only one main dining hall, Murray-Aikins, almost exclusively referred to as "d-hall" around campus. D-hall has seven different stations: global, pasta dishes, diner (main course food), a vegetarian/salad bar, deli (you can order any kind of sandwich), pizza, and a bakery. There is also a DIY station—a grill with a full stock of eggs and omelet-like ingredients as well as a fully stocked case of bagels, bread, and English muffins. There is also a section for cereal. The food is very good and thoughtful, as there is always a large selection so most people's tastes are accommodated.

If you're living in the dorms, you must have an unlimited meal plan. With this meal plan, you're permitted to swipe into the dining hall as many times a day as you want. Once inside the dining hall, you may eat as much food as you'd like, as you do not pay per plate. Since all dorm students have an unlimited meal plan, the dining hall becomes an extremely social place to be, both freshman and sophomore years. Once you do not live in the dorms, you do not have a meal plan unless you sign up for one of the plans on the website (commuter, apartment, Dining Bucks). In addition to the dining hall, there are smaller on-campus eateries: Burgess Café for coffee/tea/snacks in Case Center, Atrium Café and Convenience Store located outside of the dining hall, the library café for coffee/tea/snacks in the library, and The SPA, which is a popular lunch location for upperclassmen and faculty, where you can get food from the grill, sandwiches, salads, soups, and more.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4988 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Freshmen (and anyone living in the dorms) are required to have an unlimited meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Murray-Aikins Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Egg station
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken finger Fridays
  • Macaroni and cheese
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chicken patties
  • Mozzarella sticks
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
  • Dining Bucks work at all of the cafés on campus as well as the vending machines located in various locations around campus.
  • The dining hall has a DIY station in case you don't like what's for dinner and want to make some eggs (or students have gotten creative, making quesadillas, fried rice, in addition to eggs any style).
  • There is a microwave on every dorm floor for everyone's popcorn, Easy Mac, and ramen desires.
Did You Know?
Skidmore has a "Trayless Dining Program" that reduces the amount of hot water washing.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Atrium Café & Convenience Store
Location: Murray-Aikins Dining Hall
Food: Coffee, tea, drinks, groceries, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Burgess Café
Location: Case Center
Food: Coffee, tea, pastries, small snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 7:15 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Library Café
Location: First Floor Library
Food: Coffee/tea, small snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Sunday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Murray-Aikins Dining Hall
Location: Between North and South quads
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Case Center
Food: Grill (grilled cheese, hamburgers), pre-made foods, salads, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 32 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Unlimited & almost always available
  • 42% Very high quality food offerings
  • 8% The dining hall is almost always open

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 75% DHall
  • 25% Spa

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 83% That awkward time inbetween dinner and late night
  • 17% Midnight snack

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Food can get a little repetitive
  • 20% Its required for first years


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