If you live on campus, you’re required to have a meal plan, which is covered by room and board fees. To fit your lifestyle and eating habits, we have several dining options from which to choose. Our plans are built for students of all eating habits, from those who like three meals a day to those who might eat lunch and dinner on weekdays but enjoy an occasional breakfast or after-dinner snack. Our four meal plans, called Value Plans, are based on the number of meals you eat each week. To allow further flexibility, each of the plans comes with an amount of Dining Plus, which is a debit-style account of extra money in addition to your meal plan. Dining Plus is great because if the cost of your food goes over the meal allowance (see below) by a few dollars or cents, Dining Plus can take care of the extra. (You may also pay the extra amount with cash, Visa/MasterCard, or Cardinal Cash.) You can use your Dining Plus at any time, regardless of meal time period (see below) or amount of purchase.Plan Cost
Meal plans are graduated in price based on the number of meals provided. Because your housing and dining is covered in one combined bill, your total room and board cost will depend on both your meal plan choice and housing assignment. You can determine your cost on the room and board fees portion of the Housing and Residence Life website.
2012-13 Academic Year Value Plans*
21 Plus Meal Plan
3 meals a day, 21 per week
$75 per semester
Any 18 Plus Plan
any 18 meals per week
$75 per semester
Any 14 Plus Plan
any 14 meals per week
$100 per semester
Any 10 Plus Plan
any 10 meals per week
In all value plans, each breakfast, lunch, and dinner has an assigned time frame called a meal time period (whether you choose to have salad or pancakes at that meal) as well as an assigned dollar allowance called a meal card equivalency. At a meal, you may purchase items that together total less than or equal to the meal equivalency. Any unused dollar value at a meal is lost; it does not roll over to future meals. You may only use one meal during any given meal time period. The Dining week begins with breakfast on Sunday and ends with dinner on Saturday. Any unused meals from your plan at the end of the week will be lost; they do not roll over into future weeks.
However, you may use Dining Plus at any dining location, at any time, and as often as you like, regardless of the meal time period or whether or not you've used (or plan to use) a meal during that period. You can use as much or as little Dining Plus in one transaction as you like. Any Dining Plus amount remaining at the end of the fall semester will transfer to the spring semester, but unused Dining Plus expires at the end of spring semester. If you spend all your Dining Plus dollars, you can get more—and at a discount—with supplemental Dining Plus.
Learn more about choosing and changing a meal plan. * If you sign up for the Premium Plan, a two-year housing and dining contract, you get another $50 per semester added to your Dining Plus account, plus other perks and financial benefits.
Don't live on campus? Meals plans for commuters and off-campus students are also available.
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