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Campus Food

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Though many complain about the limited places to eat, Saga is truly wonderful. LOTS of options at every meal.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Highly ethical food mentality: extremely healthy and fresh, 20% locally sourced, homemade every single day, all the leftover food is donated to people in the community that are under food insecure, and they are environmentally sustainable

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of option in Saga which are healthy. If you can't find anything you really like, the pizza is really good. Sam's has great snacking options. The Stupe has a bad reputation but it's actually pretty good. People really like the salads.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Saga is great food, just gets boring by the end of the year. Stupe salads are good too!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: People complain a lot about the food because it can get into a bit of a rhythm of similar things coming up a lot on the menu. The food is actually a lot better than most college cafeterias, the students here just get spoiled.

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Wheaton is one of the few colleges where students actually enjoy the food in their campus dining hall. Wheaton, catered by Bon Appétit, holds the well-deserved reputation of being one of the top college campus dining halls in the nation. The main dining hall, known formally as Anderson Commons but referred to by all students as SAGA, is an all-you-can-eat buffet, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bon Appétit works hard to offer healthy eating options to Wheaton students, which includes lowering sodium levels, reducing high fructose corn syrup, and offering vegetarian and gluten-free meals. They also try to buy local produce, which is great and all, but means you get those little, speckled, home-grown apples and only the occasional banana. (When you see them putting out bananas, be ready to pounce! They'll be gone in about five minutes!) While the food is amazing, students agree that eating in the same dining hall every day gets old pretty quickly.

The campus has two other eateries catered by Bon Appétit: Sam’s and The Stupe. Sam’s offers coffee drinks, delicious ice cream in generous portions, milkshakes, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads. If you want lunch to-go, coffee before class, or a late-night dish of ice cream, Sam’s is your place. The Stupe is as much of a hang-out as it is a burger joint. It’s where students go to do their homework, to work on group projects, or to just hang out with friends. They serve burgers of the beef, turkey, or vegetarian sort, and French fries, both regular and sweet potato. Once in a blue moon they'll serve chicken fingers or hot dogs, too. However, once the cafés close, and they close early, you’ll be hard up if looking for a meal. Your late night options: settle for a pre-made sandwich or ice cream from Sam’s, eat those cookies your mom mailed you last week, or find someone with a car and take a little ride down President Street to a student favorite: Los Burritos.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
18
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3620 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Freshman are required to have a meal plan, but they can choose between 10, 14, or 18 meals per week, or 65, 160, or 210 meal blocks, which can be used throughout the semester.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Anderson Commons (more commonly known by students as Saga)
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Sam's
  • The Stupe
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Fresh fruit
  • House-made granola
  • Huge, freshly made Belgian waffles
  • Omelet bar
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Pizza
  • Salad bar
  • Sandwich bar
  • Steak made to order
  • The variety
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cherry mocha cookie
  • Ice cream from Sam's
  • Milkshake from Sam's
  • Sam's Shellhammer Shake
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
Bon Appétit does everything they can to provide healthy eating options for Wheaton students. The scrambled eggs are made with a higher ratio of egg whites to yolks, and the yogurt is made without the typical high fructose corn syrup. (In fact, the only thing that contains high fructose corn syrup in the cafeteria is the soda.) Bon Appétit also tries to keep sodium levels low. They even provide pizza on wheat dough as an additional option. Vegetarian meals are always an available, as are gluten-free meals.
Did You Know?
  • Although the school cafeteria is officially known as Anderson Commons and is catered by Bon Appétit food services, all the students at Wheaton call the cafeteria SAGA, the name of the food service from more than 15 years ago. Despite all Bon Appétit's ardent efforts to change this tradition, they aren't likely to succeed any time soon.
  • Bon Appétit is keen on providing a variety of healthy eating options for students, including a daily gluten-free meal.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Anderson Commons
Location: Anderson Commons
Food: All-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet with Classics (comfort food), Taqueria (Latin), Spice (Asian), Cucina (pizza and pasta), Salad-Bar, Soup Station, Dessert, and Fresh Fruit
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Sam's
Location: Todd Beamer Student Center
Food: Baked goods, coffee, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, ice cream
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Stupe
Location: Todd Beamer Student Center
Food: American grill: Beef burgers, turkey burgers, Veggie burgers, french fries, and sweet potato fries. Chicken fingers and hot dogs on special occasions.
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 37% Saga on a saturday night
  • 26% The Stupe
  • 21% Saga on a saturday night has been greatly improved
  • 16% Nothing

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 43% Can't swipe others in
  • 39% The cafeteria is closed on Sunday nights
  • 13% You can only swipe 3x a day
  • 4% Only two meals are offered on Saturdays

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 57% Saga!
  • 29% Sams!
  • 14% Stupe (Salads only)

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 100% Great food! Many options and healthy.
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