Meal Plan Options
Meal Plan Requirements
Meal plan subscription is a requirement for all students enrolled on the Dickinson College campus and supports the campus policy that requires students to live on campus:
RESIDENTIAL PHILOSOPHY - It is necessary and expected that all full-time enrolled first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to live in College housing and participate in a College meal plan. The residential learning environment offers rich opportunities for students’ intellectual and social growth and development. These opportunities include making connections with students whose life experiences are different than your own, active participation in your residential community, and living into the values of a Dickinsonian.
The Any 20 Plan
This plan offers 20 meals per week (Sunday-Saturday). The Any 20 Plan offers flexibility, allowing students to use the allotted 20 meals at any point during the week. This plan may be used in the Dining Hall or cash operations locations. In cash operations locations, 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. Orientation week, the week of Thanksgiving, Spring Break and the second week of spring exams will be prorated.
The Flexboard "Points" Plans
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, five for dinner, and three for our new late night snack period. When points are used at alternative dining locations (The Quarry, The Underground, Union Station, The Biblio, and The Juice Box) they are deducted on an equivalency. For example, if an item costs $1.25, you will have 1.25 points deducted from your balance. These plans have unlimited use for the duration of the points. Points may be also used to purchase meal exchanges at the meal period exchange rate (two points for breakfast, three points for lunch, five points for dinner and three points for late night snack). All meal plans end with breakfast following the last day of final exams except for seniors participating in commencement exercises.
The Flexboard I Plan
This plan has a total of 700 points per semester, a meal plan declining balance amount of $125 attached, and $75 in Dining Dollars.
The Flexboard II Plan
This plan has a total of 575 points per semester, a meal plan declining balance amount of $150 attached, and $325 in Dining Dollars.
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 meal plan declining balance ($200), and Dining Dollars ($500) amounts.
Meal Plan Comparison
|Meals Per Week||Points Per Semester||Meal Plan Declining Balance||Dining Dollars|
|Any 20 Plan||20||0||$0||$0|
|Flexboard I Plan||N/A||700||$125||$75|
|Flexboard 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. This is a policy change from previous years.
Note: If you run out of points, you may purchase a block of 25 points for $75 at the ID office. Flexboard points may be used for catering events, barbeques, and specials. You may host a guest at any dining location with this plan. Points, meal plan declining balance, and Dining Dollars are nontransferable and nonrefundable.
Meal exchange credits and late lunches are available in Union Station, The Underground, The Juice Box, The Quarry, and The Biblio. All meal plans end with breakfast following the last day of final exams except for seniors participating in commencement exercises.