Navigating Student Meal Plans

Elizabeth Kugler '20 enjoys the southern vegetarian section on third flood DeNaples.
April 18, 2018
By: Christina Brannon '19

Between classes, clubs and extracurricular events, college keeps you on a busy schedule. However, no matter how busy you are, there is always time for a quick study-snack or a meal with friends. When it comes to dining on campus, Scranton has you covered with a variety of meal plans to meet your specific needs. Scranton personalizes your dining experience with convenient, flexible and healthy options. The only thing you have to do is pick a dining package that is the right fit for you.

Resident first- and second-year students are required to purchase a meal plan, with first-year students having one of the “ultimate meal plans.” To make the experience even easier, meal plans auto-renew for the spring semester of each year, un-used flex money rolls over and you can change your meal plan at any time.

The Ultimate Plus Plan lets you eat as many times as you’d like on the third floor of the Denaples Center, with $170 in Flex to use at any campus dining center. The Ultimate Plan gives you that same freedom, just with $70 in Flex. This meal plan is great for a busy student who doesn’t want to worry about going food shopping or have the hassle of food prep. Whether it’s a quick apple before class or a lunch with friends, these plans have you covered 24/7.

The 14 Plus Plan and 14 Plan are pretty self-explanatory. You can eat 14 times a week with $280 and $180 in Flex respectively. This is great for students who don’t always have the time to sit down and eat.

“As a first-year, having unlimited was helpful because I never had to worry about meals in the midst of my crazy schedule,” said Elizabeth Kugler, ’20. “But, as a second-year, with all the classes I’m taking, 14 is just right. Sometimes I’m just too busy for three on-campus meals a day. I’m not too much of a breakfast person, so I’d rather have the extra flex for Starbucks or the P.O.D. It’s so convenient and I don’t ever feel like I’m wasting my money.”

The 10 Plus Plan and 10 Plan are one step down from the 14. They give you 10 meals a week with $360 and $260 in Flex respectively. This factors down to less than two meals a day, which is great for the student who likes to have the option of shopping for food themselves.

“Sometimes I like to make my own food, so I don’t want to be tied to a meal plan that costs more when I don’t always want to eat on campus,” said Kaleigh Valeski, ’20. “The best part is that when I’m too busy to cook for myself, I just use my Flex to get something on campus. I never feel deprived and will probably keep this meal plan into next year.”

Last and certainly not least are the commuter options, for the students truly “on-the-go”. The Commuter 60 and Commuter 30 offer 60 meals a semester with $150 in Flex and 30 meals a semester with $25 dollars in flex. These plans are great for when you’re hungry between classes and don’t have time to go home, when there’s inclement weather and you can’t get home, or just when you want to have the chance to try the delicious campus cuisine.

Click here to find out more details to find out which plan is right for you. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy eating!


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