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Campus Food


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall, food is better than most other campuses. It's fresh and generally healthy and most of it is organically grown and local.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is delicious and healthy, and there is always a variety.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Food is very abundant and great quality! Lots of choices at different times of the day.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are three main dining halls as well as a cafeteria in Reid Campus Center. Two of the dining halls serve the same/similar dishes but between the three you can almost always find something you like since each has ~3 options for every meal. Reid is also a popular option as well because it is open later and has more options. Reid and the cafe in the library (open 8 pm-1 am) both use flex spending.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Healthy option, could have more hours. Liked the midnight breakfast during finals.

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Like most food made in large quantities, Whitman’s food service has its moments of unusual, unidentifiable culinary intrigue, though for the most part, the food is delicious. Whitman offers three dining halls—Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman—all of which are open at least five days a week. In addition to these, Whitman also offers meals from Café 66, located in Reid Campus Center. This café includes a grill, pizza oven, and a weekly option, called Fire and Spice, which is prepared in a wok and can range from stir-fry to fajitas. Since many Whitman students are health conscious, the dining halls make it convenient to eat healthily. Furthermore, there’s a large conglomerate of vegetarian and vegan Whitties, so the dining halls always make an effort to provide for these students. In fact, if students have any special dietary requirements, Whitman is very good about ensuring that these are met. They also make an effort to meet students’ demands for local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients.

Although meal plans tend to be expensive and are required for all freshmen and most sophomores, students pay for what they get—good food at a high price. Many students purchase plans with too many meals, but the most savvy purchase is a combination plan of meals and “Flex Dollars,” which allow students to charge items from the various coffee carts around campus, Café 66, and the dining halls. Students occasionally give the on-campus food a rough review, but only because they haven’t considered the reality that university students face. All in all, Whitman students are some of the best-fed.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5860 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
Café 66
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
  • Bon Appetit chefs will specially prepare certain foods for students with dietary restrictions.
  • Bon Appetit delivers dinners four nights a week to the Interest House Community, so residents don't have to go to the dining hall and can order the food they want each week (by submitting a food form).
  • Bon Appetit lets students fill out "pack out" forms at least a week in advance of the event, and Bon Appetit will prepare all the raw ingredients for students to pick up when needed.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café 41
Location: Penrose Library
Food: Coffee, packaged foods, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Café 66
Location: Reid Campus Center
Food: Fire & Spice, Open Hearth pizzas and pasta, Whitman Grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Jewett Dining Hall
Location: Jewett Hall
Food: Breakfast with omelet station, deli, desserts, hot entrees, salad bar, smoothies, soups, vegetarian/vegan options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Lyman Dining Hall
Location: Lyman House
Food: Self-serve deli and entrees
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m., 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Prentiss Dining Hall
Location: Prentiss Hall
Food: Deli, entrees, pizza, vegetarian/vegan options, smoothie bar, international
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. Fridays), Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Reid Espresso
Location: Reid Center
Food: Coffee, ice cream, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-11 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 11 responses

  • 46% Reid campus center
  • 38% Prentiss and Reid
  • 8% Lyman Hall
  • 8% Off-campus if you can afford it
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