Student Meal Plans

2016-2017 Academic Year

The 2016-2017 Meal Plans are designed to provide students maximum dining flexibility, value, and convenience on campus. We offer both Declining Balance Plans and an unlimited All You Care-to-Eat Plan.

Understanding the meal plans:

Flex Dollars: All plans have a specific amount of Flex Dollars for the student to use. As the student uses Flex Dollars for purchases, the balance declines. Flex Dollars not used during Fall semester will roll to the student’s Spring semester meal plan. Unused Flex Dollars are forfeited at the end of the academic year.

Students use their Flex Dollars to purchase meals at various venues on campus. Each meal has an associated price. This price is discounted at Curtis, Huffman and the Nest when purchased using a meal plan. For 2016-2017, the rates for meal plan participants are as follows:

  • Curtis and Huffman Dining halls: $6 for Breakfast; $7 for Lunch; $8 for Dinner ($9 for Special/Holiday Dinners)
  • The Nest: $8 for Dinner - Select Menu Items ($9 for Special/Holiday Dinners)
  • Slayter Market: Retail prices, based upon selection
  • Meal plan purchases are not available at Slayter Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Slayter Market: Retail prices, based upon selection

BIG RED The “Unlimited Access” Plan

This plan allows the student to access Curtis and Huffman dining halls an unlimited number of times each semester. In addition, up to 30 times each semester, the student can opt to have their evening meal at Slayter by choosing from a select number of Special Meal Option menu items. Dining hall and Special Meal Option accesses do not affect the Flex Dollars balance for BIG RED plan participants (accesses are non-transferrable, and cannot be used for guests). The plan also includes $100 Flex Dollars which will allow the student some additional flexibility throughout the semester.

Declining Balance Plans

Each of the declining-balance meal plans have a specific amount of Flex Dollars that the student uses to purchase all their on-campus meals. These plans provide the most flexibility. However, they also require the student to plan and monitor their spending (the Dining Plan Spending Guide will help with planning).

THE HILL (Default First-Year Plan)

The plan includes $1745 Flex Dollars. Students should average about 16 meals per week using this plan.

OLMSTED

The plan includes $1,475 Flex Dollars. Students should average about 14 meals per week using this plan.

WEST LOOP

The plan includes 150 meals $420 Flex Dollars. Students should average about 14 meals per week using this plan.

WEST COLLEGE

The plan includes $1,310 Flex Dollars. Students should average about 12 meals per week using this plan.

Apartment Alternative Declining Balance Plans

These declining-balance plans are priced to encourage apartment dwellers to continue participation in a meal plan. Seniors who are graduating Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 who are not living in an apartment or the Homestead (thus are required to be on a meal plan) may choose from 1831, THE RESERVE, BIG RED, THE HILL, OLMSTED, WEST LOOP or WEST COLLEGE.

1831

The plan includes $1,360 Flex Dollars. Students should average about 12 meals per week using this plan.

THE RESERVE

The plan includes $1,190 Flex Dollars. Students should average about 11 meals per week using this plan.


Students living in campus housing are required to be on a traditional meal plan, unless they live in an apartment or the Homestead.

Students required to be on a meal plan may select one of the five traditional meal plans; The “Big Red” plan, “The Hill” plan, the “Olmsted” plan, The “West Loop” plan, or the “West College” plan.

Students living in meal-optional housing (apartments and Homestead) may still opt to be on a meal plan. In addition to the five traditional plans, they may choose from these two Apartment Alternative Plans; the “1831” plan; and “The Reserve” plan.

Unused meal plans expire at the end of semester.

Flex Dollars roll Fall to Spring (even if board-optional housing resident elects “No Plan” for Spring) and expire at end of academic year.

Meal Plans are NOT transferable to other students or guests.

Flex Dollars cannot be used at Slayter 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ALL YOU CARE TO EAT PLAN – BIG RED

Traditional Meal Plans
Meal Plan Flex Dollars per semester Approximate Meals per Week Cost per semester
BIG RED $100 Flex Dollars Unlimited access to the Dining Halls + 30 Special Meal Options at Slayter $2,845
THE HILL $1,745 Flex Dollars 16 meals per week (on average) $2,690
OLMSTED $1,475 Flex Dollars 14 meals per week (on average) $2,535
WEST LOOP $420 Flex Dollars 150 meals 14 meals per week (on average) $2,535
WEST COLLEGE $1,310 Flex Dollars 12 meals per week (on average) $2,380
Apartment Alternative Meal Plans
Meal Plan Flex Dollars per semester Approximate Meals per Week Cost per semester
1831 $1,360 Flex Dollars 12 meals per week (on average) $1,500
THE RESERVE $1,190 Flex Dollars 11 meals per week (on average) $1,345

Dining Policies & Procedures

One of our main goals is to provide a pleasant, clean, comfortable and satisfying dining experience. In order to meet this goal, we ask for your assistance with the following procedures:

  • Please bus your dishes and disposables from your table when you have finished and don't forget to compost!
  • Please refrain from taking food, dishes or utensils from the dining area.
  • Remember that Meal Cards are non-transferable. Meal cards cannot be used by anyone but the purchaser.