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Campus Food


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is fine, not AMAZING but certainly edible, and you'll find all the food groups you need. You never have to worry about budgeting your meals. The main downside is that there are very few gluten free options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Like the food a lot, find many options for anyone.

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2 College Senior

Campus Food: The dining options are repetitive and you get tired of the offerings very quick. I also don't think they pay much attention to cleaning a lot of the vegetables. My friend once found a caterpillar in some greens cooked in Tower.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Unlimited dining at any dining hall. Buffet style. Lots of variety, though they don't always get the ethnic foods quite right.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Nearly everybody is on an open meal plan. It's great because you don't have to worry about only taking a certain amount of food. You can take as much food as you want. The menus are uneven. There is usually always something decent though.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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The dining halls are pretty darn good. Everyone has their complaints, but it's possible to eat well at Wellesley—and compared to many colleges, to eat very well. Students really like the dining hall workers, and certain workers, such as Pasta Bob in Tower, have gained semi-celebrity status. The on-campus bakery makes tasty Rice Krispie treats and fresh bread.

Though the meal plan is very open in some ways­—students can eat as much as they like at any time during the day, and most dining halls don't keep track of guest meals—there are no options other than the dining halls. But with the food selection at Wang, there are more satisfied students who have more flexibility to the meal plan, and there are more options for students dissatisfied by the dining halls. However, unless it's for medical reasons, no one is allowed to opt out of the meal plan or lessen the number of meals they pay for per week.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$6642 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
A meal plan is required all four years, unless on Lake House Meal Plan or other individual exceptions.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Bae Pao Lu Chow
  • Tower Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Café Hoop
  • Campus Center Emporium
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Fruit
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken or eggplant parmesan
  • Pasta
  • Salad
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
24-Hour Dining
Did You Know?
  • Each dining hall hosts one theme dinner a month. Themes include: Harry Potter Night, complete with bubbling cauldrons of soup; World Series Night, featuring chilidogs, hot pretzels, and ice cream sandwiches; and Italian Night, adorned with checkered tablecloths and candles.
  • Sunday Sundaes are a much-revered campus-wide tradition. Come Sunday night, all dining halls set out trays of M&M's, sprinkles, strawberries, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. Students line up, flex their scooping muscles, and dig in.
  • Midnight Breakfast in Bates is another beloved tradition. Twice a year, during pre-finals reading period, Bates Dining Hall offers up fruit, eggs, sausage, French toast, and hash browns to stressed-out students. There's music and some kind of a photo novelty, so you can look at that keychain photo a couple weeks later and admire the panic behind that, "It'll all be fine, at least I've got fried food" smile.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bae Pao Lu Chow
Location: Wang Campus Center
Food: All-you-can-eat: breakfast, grill, home-style, pizza, sauté, soup, vegan
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Bates Culinary Center
Location: Bates Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat: deli, entrees, grill, home-style, pasta, salad bar, soup, vegan/organic
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Café Hoop
Location: Wang Campus Center
Food: Coffee/tea, snacks
Hours: Daily 3 p.m.-1 a.m.
Campus Center Emporium
Location: Wang Campus Center
Food: Baked goods, bubble tea, coffee, convenience items, salads, sandwiches, sushi
Hours: Monday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Collins Café
Location: Next to Davis Museum and Cultural Center
Food: Baked goods, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
El Table
Location: Founders Hall, basement
Food: Salads, sandwiches, snacks, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Leaky Beaker
Food: Soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pomeroy Dining Hall
Location: Pomeroy Hall
Food: Kosher, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Punch's Alley
Location: Wang Campus Center
Food: Beer, mixed drinks
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 6 p.m.-12 a.m., Thursday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Salon
Location: Schneider Student Center
Food: Sushi
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Stone-Davis Culinary Center
Location: Stone-Davis Hall
Food: Deli, entrees, pizza, salad bar, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tower Dining Hall
Location: Tower Court
Food: Deli, entrees, pizza, salad bar, soup, vegan station
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 50 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

  • 37% Lulu Chow Wang
  • 30% Bates and Stone-Davis Dining Halls
  • 12% Pomeroy
  • 12% Tower Dining Hall
  • 5% El Table
  • 2% Cafe Hoop
  • 2% Collins Cafe
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