Meal Plans and Requirements
Overview and What You Should Know
Meal plan subscription is a requirement for all students enrolled on the Dickinson College campus and are for use on campus. Meal plans are active and available for use during the academic term but not for academic breaks such as Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring. The meal plan generally begins in the fall semester with dinner the Saturday before classes; spring semester meal plans generally begin with dinner the Sunday before classes. Meal plans are active and available during Fall Pause.
There are more than 100 academic days in a term and averaging over 310 meals per term. Unused balances expire without refund at the end of a term.
All proceeds from Culinary Services are returned to Dickinson College and the Planning and Budget Committee for reallocation. Dining Services is wholly owned and self-operated by Dickinson College: we always keep in mind the best interests of the institution and students.
As a residential liberal arts college, students are required to live on campus and are required to participate in the campus meal plan. The housing and meal plan requirements are meant to achieve two goals: one goal is to create a closer, collaborative high-performance community outside of the classroom that provides students with coaching, teaching, leadership, and growth opportunities among and between the evolving year-groups on campus. The other goal is to ensure base-needs and life services are stable, available, and accessible to all students of all socio-economic backgrounds. Campus life services are about so much more than simple landlord or restaurant and grocery amenities.
Buckets of Tenders at a Glance
The Any 20 Plan
A traditional swipe-for-a-meal plan that provides the greatest value for the price. While the best use is in the Dining Hall, plan holders may exchange a meal-swipe for a combo (meal exchange) in one of the Culinary Services retail locations (Union Station, Biblio, and Underground). With nearly 200 combinations available a plan holder has great flexibility. The Any 20 may not be used to purchase sushi sold by a third-party partner on campus. A plan holder may opt to pay for an extra item in the cash operations by using a meal swipe but it is not economical; you are better served to pay for extras using cash, Student Charge, or Personal Declining Balance - which receives a 10% discount.
This plan offers 20 meals per week, matching the 20 meal periods of each week (Sunday-Saturday). The Any 20 Plan offers flexibility, allowing students to use the 20 meals at any point during the week for late-night snack exchanges or second lunches if breakfasts were skipped. This plan may be used in the Dining Hall or cash operations (retail: Union Station, Biblio, and Underground). In cash operations, defined meal exchanges may be purchased as alternatives to eating in the Dining Hall. Dickinson College recommends that first year students choose the Any 20 Plan until study and eating habits are established. Students may change to another meal plan for the second semester by accessing the Dickinson Gateway and choosing the Meal Plan Selection on the Student Forms website. Please note the Any 20 Plan is prorated during weeks when Dining Services has a reduced schedule for the academic calendar. Orientation week, the week of Thanksgiving, Spring Break and the second week of spring exams will be prorated.
*New* Starting Fall 2022: The Any 15 + Sushi
Any 15 plus sushi is a new meal plan offering up to 4 boxes of sushi per week (Sunday-Saturday) and 15 regular board meals. Sushi swipes can be used only for sushi and are not transferable. The Any 15 + sushi offers flexibility, allowing students to use 15 meals at any point during the week. This plan may be used in the Dining Hall or cash operations (retail: Union Station, Biblio, and Underground) locations. In cash operations locations (retail: Union Station, Biblio, and Underground), defined meal exchanges may be purchased as alternatives to eating in the Dining Hall. Students may change to another meal plan for the second semester by accessing the Dickinson Gateway and choosing the Meal Plan Selection on the Student Forms website. Please note the Any 15 + sushi plan is prorated during weeks when Culinary Services operate with a reduced schedule. Orientation week, the week of Thanksgiving, Spring Break and the second week of spring exams will be prorated. Please note that sushi purchases are not available to the Any 20 plan.
The Flex "Points" Plans - Valid only on campus
Flex plans provide less meal value as The Any 20 plan but provide more flexibility: any of the tenders may be used to purchase retail packaged foods at retail locations (Union Station, Biblio, and Underground) in addition to meal combos or a la carte selections or entry to the Dining Hall or to place catering orders. Devil Dollars may also be used in the Devil's Den or bookstore. Flex plans seem confusing at first: the plans come with three (3) tenders or buckets of money that have slightly different purposes. We suggest that you speak with the office manager before switching to a Flex plan and that you look at your previous meal history to see what will work best for you. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals are 2, 3, and 5 points respectively for all you care to eat meals in the Dining Hall, for a total cost of 10 points per day. Please review which meals you will want to eat and how often you plan to eat meals on campus to plan your flex point needs. There are approximately 17 weeks in each semester.
As a rule of thumb, if you eat lunch and dinner every day - skipping breakfast all the time - a Flex plan will not be enough to feed you all semester. You have the choice to purchase meals elsewhere once you exhaust your meal plan - even to stretch out how long it will last - or pay to add more points to the meal plan as needed or use Personal Declining Balance so that you receive a 10% discount. The Flex I plan point balance could buy every dinner in a semester and about 90 out of 102 available breakfasts. There are countless ways for you to balance the points budget. Purchasing sushi, espresso, and other a la carte options using points will quickly deplete the buying power of your meal plan. You may use either Dining Dollars or Devil Dollars for a la carte purchases or convert them to Points in the ID office. Flex II and Apartment Flex plans work the same way but will provide fewer meals; they provide more Devil Dollar and Dining Dollar value.
The following plans assign point values to every meal. When the card is used in the Dining Hall, points are deducted: two for breakfast, three for lunch, and five for dinner. When points are used at alternative dining locations (Union Station, The Biblio, and The Juice Bar in the Underground) they are deducted on an equivalency at a 50% discount except for sushi and retail-packaged-goods (Union Station, Biblio, and Underground). For example, if an item costs $2.00, you will have 1.00 points deducted from your balance. These plans have unlimited use for the duration of the points. All meal plans end with close of business on the last day of final exams. Seniors participating in commencement exercises in May may be provided with access to free meals during Senior Week up to the Commencement Brunch.
The Flexboard I Plan
This plan has a total of 700 points per semester, $125 in Devil Dollars and $75 in Dining Dollars. This plan is unlikely to cover all your on-campus dining needs for a semester.
Balance your POINTS budget. Assuming you use points for the Dining Hall only, you can buy all dinners and 35 out of 119 lunches; or all breakfasts, all lunches, and 27 out of 119 dinners. There are countless ways to budget your points.
The Flex II Plan
This plan has a total of 575 points per semester, $150 in Devil Dollars and $325 in Dining Dollars. This plan is unlikely to cover all your on-campus dining needs for a semester.
Balance your POINTS budget. Assuming you use points for the Dining Hall only: this plan will buy 115 out of 119 dinners (no breakfasts or lunches); or all breakfasts and all lunches and 2 out of 119 dinners. There are countless ways to budget your points
The Apartment Housing Flex Meal Plan
This plan is available only to students who live off campus or in college-owned apartments. It has a lower point total, 400 per semester, higher Devil Dollar amount of ($200), and Dining Dollars ($500) amounts.
Balance your POINTS. This plan will not meet all your on-campus dining needs.
Meal Plan Comparison
|Meals Per Week||Points Per Semester||Devil Dollars||Dining Dollars|
|Any 20 Plan||20||0||$0||$0|
|Flex I Plan||N/A||700||$125||$75|
|Flex II Plan||N/A||575||$150||$325|
|Apartment Housing Flex Meal Plan||N/A||400||$200||$500|
All meal plan selections must be made by 4 p.m. the Friday prior to the start of the meal plan. No changes will be permitted after the start date.
Note: If you run out of points, you may purchase a block of 25 points for $75 at the ID office. Flex points may be used for catering events, barbeques, and specials. You may host a guest at any dining location with this plan. Points, Devil Dollars, and Dining Dollars are nontransferable and nonrefundable.
All meal plans end with the last day of final exams. In May, seniors are provided complimentary meals leading up to commencement exercises.