UC Davis – Does Dining Right

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There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the college that’s right for you academics, campus culture and transportation are among the high ranking priorities. Students are now adding food to the list, but it’s not just because millennials are focusing more on nutrition and alternative eating lifestyles like veganism. Schools, often looking to save a dollar, are outsourcing their dining programs to companies. The results? Not promising. Lack of variety, nutrition and even customer service all make an appearance. On paper, the UC Davis has a few things working against it. Chiefly, they have a staggering amount of students over 36,000 to be...

Saint Vincent College – Taste Buds Need Not Apply

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If our past findings have taught us anything, it’s that universities with smaller enrollment figures are able to offer a more superior dining experience to students. With roughly 1,766 undergraduates on their pastoral campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Saint Vincent College certainly has the kind of low numbers we’re talking about. Unfortunately, the one thing students aren’t talking about is the food. Complaints aplenty will come your way if you ask them about it, ranging from repetitive meal plans to a lack of facilities. Prospective Bear-cats who place a great emphasis on dining should read on to see what this liberal arts college that’s rooted in Roman...

Campus Food Quality at Cornell University

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It might be sad, but it’s true: a majority of college dining programs we investigate aren’t well received by students. What’s to blame then? It ranges from a lack of fresh ingredients to poor customer service and everything in between. Consider that the average college meal plan costs between $7 and $11 per meal translating to thousands of dollars over the course of a year. Hard working students simply deserve more, because balanced meals with proper nutrition are essential to scholarly success. Plus, you want to feel as though you got your money’s worth once the student loan payments start rolling in. That’s why we were so pleased to see the near...

Campus Food Quality at UC Berkeley

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Ah, to get an education under the glorious rays of The Golden State. We recently told you about the best and not so great professors at University of California, Berkeley and now we’re ready to enlighten you about all of the delicious meals you have to eat there probably some that you shouldn’t, too. With a staggering approximation of 27,000 undergraduates, we thought we could see it before even starting our research: we predicted UC Berkeley would fall flat in the food department. From our experience, larger schools typically aren’t as accommodating when it comes to accessibility, diversity and service. To our pleasant surprise, resident Golden Bears are...

What’s Campus Food Like at Berklee College of Music, Boston

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Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music is home to a mascot named Mingus the Jazz Cat, whose name comes from Charles Mingus, a celebrated jazz double bassist. Charles passed away more than three decades ago, but his boisterous personality lives on. He’s said to have had quite the affinity for food and drinks. You can even get into the holiday spirit by whipping up his personal eggnog recipe here. There’s no denying that studying music theory and churning out your own golden hits takes quite a lot of brain power. You already know that Berklee has plenty of things to do, ranging from stellar live performance spaces to everyday entertainment, but what...

Campus Food Quality at Lehigh University

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After a long day of class with still more work to be done among the library stacks, a nourishing meal is a student essential without question. Going away to college can cause many sudden albeit positive changes in your life, and food is no exception. The convenience and even the deliciousness (we promise you’ll think this in retrospect) of a home cooked meal are gone. Making the right dietary choices are completely on you. That’s why it’s important to consider your prospective college’s dining situation, because the thought can get lost when discussions are focused on academic programs or sports teams. Is there accessibility? Is there high quality? What...

Campus Food Quality and Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago

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If you’re pursuing a Jesuit education, you might have learned a lot about food quality and the LGBT community from our articles on Fordham University a private New York institution that’s rooted in Roman Catholic teachings. If that school just wasn't for you, then Loyola University Chicago could be your next best bet. Its six campuses span the Chicago metropolitan area, and not unlike Fordham, it was founded by The Roman Catholic Society of Jesus in 1870 under the name St. Ignatius College. Prospective students know that its twelve revered undergraduate schools and Division I sports teams aren't anything to balk at, but what about the food? We've...

What to Expect from Campus Food at Fordham University

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Many of the recent university dining programs we've covered have had less than admirable ratings from undergraduates not encouraging findings when you consider just how important nutrition is to sleep deprived students with their noses permanently stuck in textbooks. Stanford University offered a glimpse of hope with their eclectic, health conscious offerings. PETA even dubbed them the most vegan friendly campus in the country. Fordham University, which prides itself on offering an uncompromising Jesuit education, has earned some kudos of its own à la the noteworthy Princeton Review: worst food (that’s right, in the country). Further investigations and...

Campus Food Quality and General Student Health at Temple University

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The average college meal plan in the United States has an average meal price of $7 to $11 that’s no small chunk of change considering other expenses like room and board or those heavily inflated textbooks. As a current university student or pupil to be, we pride you on finding us here for a little investigation into exactly what your hard-earned cash, scholarships and government loans are getting you at Temple University. Academically, the numbers don’t lie a whopping 37,000 undergraduates enrolled in over 400 programs proves that the school means business when it comes to molding minds. How about the food, though? Isn’t that pizza lunch just as rewarding...

Campus Food Quality and General Student Health at Penn State University

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If you sift through our postings about the quality of dining programs at universities across the country, you’ll notice a common theme: students aren’t overly thrilled about what their meal plans are getting them, but they at least admit it could be worse in most cases. It’s true that there are outliers. Just read our review of Stanford University if you don’t believe us. It’s the healthiest, most vegan friendly campus that we’ve probably encountered thus far. Unfortunately, most schools outsource their food to culinary service companies (read: true masters of delivering all of those calorie packed staples you didn’t love in high school). Scholars...