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Campus Food


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Yes, the food can get repetitive but there are tons of take out options near by for variety. Overall, there have been some pretty good items at Eick. Last night the chocolate cake was amazing!

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food was one of the worst parts of my experience at TCNJ. Being a vegetarian, there were no options for me. The "vegetarian" section of the cafeteria pretty much only serves pasta and there aren't even any vegetarian sandwich options. While veggie burgers are available, they are cooked on the same grill and with the same spatula as the other food. I tried mentioning my concerns at a meeting and changes were not made.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depending on the day in Eickoff the food can be delicious or completely inedible. The only thing that ever changes is Quimby's Kitchen and that is usually hit or miss. Everything else is the same every single day. The "variety" is often praised but that is on a single day basis. Gets old fast.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: We really do have one of the best dining halls in the country. Most food at Eickhoff is made-to-order, so you can choose whichever options you'd like. There is a sushi station, a wok, an omelet station, and much more. We have a few other satellite dining options with grab and go meals, or fried foods, that are alright as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not very many healthy options

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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TCNJ Dining Services provides students with many dining options on campus. The main dining hall, Eickhoff, is supported by student meal plans that offer swipe points or unlimited entry into the dining hall. Eickhoff hosts a salad bar, a deli-style sandwich bar, a wok, a grill, a pizza oven, desserts, home-style cooking, a soup stand, tacos, and burritos. Students with carte blanche meal plans may also take advantage of the student center's cafeteria, the Rathskellar restaurant, or the Library Café during meal equivalency, getting up to $6.25 of their meal covered by their meal plan from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Eickhoff Hall's alternatives include the Library Café, The Rathskellar, the student center cafeteria, and the Travers-Wolfe cafeteria. The Library Café generally has a selection of sandwiches and desserts, along with coffee, tea, and energy drink options. Students find it ideal to get some of their food here during the midterm and finals crunch times. The Rathskellar is a bar and restaurant that serves beer to students 21-and-up and often hosts comedians, poets, rocks bands, and hip-hop artists—almost all from the local student population. Here, you may find a selection of dishes that are more or less similar to your average American bar-and-grill menu. The student center cafeteria offers a large selection of sandwiches, finger foods, and healthy options like sushi. Finally, the Travers-Wolfe cafeteria offers dinner and late-night snack options to students. Since it's open late, it is a favorite of students during the midterm and finals crunch time. Students also have the option of using their points on items at the Marketplace Convenience Store and the student center's bookstore. Both have an array of canned and microwavable foods, snack bars, protein, and drinks.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3097 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
A meal plan is required for all students living on the TCNJ campus. Since freshmen are required to live on campus, a meal plan is required for them by extension.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Atrium at Eickhoff
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Starbucks in the library
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels with cream cheese
  • Omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken tenders
  • Pasta
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cheesesteak
  • Chicken quesadilla
Special Options
The 1855 Room is open to faculty, staff, and students Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Atrium at Eickhoff
Location: Eickhoff Hall
Food: Large selection of Chinese/wok, burgers, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soups, subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fair Grounds
Location: Brower Student Center
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Armstrong Hall
Food: Bagels, coffee, drinks, pastries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Library Café
Location: Library
Food: Coffee, cookies, energy drinks, juice, paninis, pastries, tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 1 a.m.
Lions Den
Location: Brower Student Center
Food: Bottled beverages, hot personal pizzas, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marketplace Convenience Store
Location: Eickhoff Hall
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Rathskellar
Location: Brower Student Center
Food: Pub-style food
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
T-Dubs Dining (Travers-Wolfe Hall)
Location: Travers-Wolfe basement
Food: Burritos, cheesesteak, chicken, energy drinks, ice cream, pizzas, salads
Hours: Daily 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 57 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 worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 22 responses

  • 24% Sometimes it can get repetitive
  • 20% Repetitive and not many nutritious options
  • 16% Everything is overpriced
  • 14% Not enough vegetarian options
  • 12% Sometimes food/snack options are expensive
  • 10% Bad gluten free options
  • 6% Not many options if you have food allergies

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 27% Meal-Eqiv
  • 27% Eickoff Hall
  • 16% Food is not that bad @ TCNJ. Pretty good variety.
  • 11% The Library Cafe
  • 11% T-Dubs
  • 9% The Rat

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 52% Nothng is that bad.
  • 33% Eickoff
  • 14% Education Cafe

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 21 responses

  • 56% Meal equiv
  • 36% I can eat what I want when I want.
  • 8% Points last awhile
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