Meal Plans

Below is a summary of the dining plans available to students.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Classes of 2015 and 2016 may select from among any of the plans listed, regardless of their housing arrangements.

Unlimited Carte Blanche Meal Plan: This plan provides unlimited access to either of the all-you-care-to-eat restaurants on campus (in Marquis Dining Hall and the Drake Dining Room in the Farinon Center–“Upper”).  Students on the Carte Blanche meal plan have the ability to revisit these dining halls for a meal, a snack, or a beverage unlimited times while the dining halls are open. The meal allocation on the Unlimited Carte Blanche plan cannot be used at any of the other dining venues on campus.

The 20-, 14-, and 7-Meals Per Week Meal Plans: Each of these meal plans allow a student to access either of the all-you-care-to-eat campus dining halls a specified number of times each week. Meals must be eaten during the designated week; meals do not carry forward from week to week or semester to semester. The meal plan week is defined as Saturday through Friday. One meal per designated meal period may be used. There are four meal periods on most Mondays through Saturdays when the meal plan is in effect. Those periods are:

  • Breakfast-between 7:00 a.m. and 10:59 a.m.
  • Lunch-between 11:00 a.m. and 4:29 p.m.
  • Dinner-from 4:30 p.m. until 8:59 p.m.
  • Late Night-from 9:00 p.m. until closing

Three meal periods are offered on Sundays. They are:

  • Brunch-between 11:00 a.m. and 4:29 p.m.
  • Dinner-from 4:30 p.m. until 8:59 p.m.
  • Late Night-from 9:00 p.m. until closing

Guest Meals

When family or friends visit, students are invited to bring them to a meal in one of the College’s all-you-care-to-eat restaurants. Most meal plans include an allotment of meals to facilitate your dining with your non-student guests. Guest meals do not carry over from semester to semester.

Meal Exchange

Subscribers to the 20-, 14-, or 7-Meals Per Week Meal Plans have the flexibility to use a meal allotment for a “meal exchange” at one of the retail dining venues on campus. A designated meal exchange will typically include a hot or cold sandwich or entree salad offering, a beverage, and one or two sides (e.g., a piece of fruit, a small bag of chips, a side salad, or a cookie). There is no cash value/credit for a meal allotment under any of the meal plans. When the meal plan is in effect, meal exchanges are available at the locations and meal times listed below (subject to the operating hours of each facility):

  • Food Court/Lower Farinon: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Gilbert’s Café: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
  • Simon’s Café: Dinner, Late Night

If convenient or necessary given a student’s academic schedule, students may choose to use a meal allotment within their designated meal plan to reserve a portable boxed lunch that can be picked up at a designated location on campus. An online reservation system will be available in the fall 2014. Reservations must be made 36 hours in advance.

Pard Card Dollars

The Unlimited Carte Blanche, 20-, 14-, and 7-Meals Per Week Meal Plans include an allotment of Pard Card dollars in addition to the specified number of weekly meal allotments. The Pard Card dollars can be used to buy items at the retail price at any of the dining venues on campus. They are also available to make purchases at designated off-campus merchants. The initial allotment of Pard Card dollars included as part of the meal plan are non-refundable and must be used during the designated semester, after which they will be forfeited. Incremental deposits to a student’s Pard Card account can be made at any time via the online system or by mailing a check to the College. Those incremental dollars will roll over from semester to semester. Click here for more information about the Pard Card program.

Flex Dollars Only Plan

Flex Dollars are prepaid declining cash balance accounts that can be spent using the Lafayette ID card at any of the dining venues on campus. Flex Dollars cannot be used at any off campus dining venues. The minimum allotment of Flex Dollars that come as the Flex Dollars Only dining plan are non-refundable and must be used during the course of the designated semester or they will be forfeited. Incremental deposits to a student’s Flex account can be made at any time via the online system or by mailing a check to the College. Those incremental dollars will roll over from semester to semester. Click here for more information about the Flex Dollar program.

Having Trouble Selecting a Meal Plan?

Stumped on which meal plan might be best for you? For more information on any aspect of the dining services on campus, call one of our Dining Service representatives at (610) 330-5347.

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Get Involved!

Student involvement is essential in making sure dining on campus is the best it can be. Student employment opportunities are available - whether your interests are on the culinary side or in the front of the house side of the services. See the Dining Services job listing the the Career Vault. If you can't commit to working with us, but want to get involved, apply to join our Dining Student Advisory Board. Learn more about it by clicking the button below. Apply Now to Join the DSAB