1st Year Dining

The Ivy Unlimited Dining Plan

First-year students are enrolled in the Ivy Unlimited meal plan for all three terms of the first year. With this plan, you have the freedom to come and go from the Class of 1953 Commons, Dartmouth's premier all-you-care-to-eat dining venue, as often as you like. 

The Ivy Unlimited plan comes with three guest passes so you can treat family and friends to a meal. The plan also features $250 Dining Dollars to use at ramekin café in Anonymous Hall, Collis Café, Courtyard Café, Novack Café, and our 3 residential snack bars. Dining Dollars can also be used for take-out meals at '53 Commons

The cost of the plan is $2,264.

During the orientation period, first-year students receive early access to fall term dining. In addition, orientation includes exciting themed and celebratory events only open to first year students. The required dining fee for the fall orientation period is an additional $225.

Meal Swipes and Value of a Meal Equivalency

The Ivy Unlimited dining plan is designed to give you unlimited dine-in access to '53 Commons for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can trade unlimited access for a meal period take-out meal from '53 Commons using our Green2Go program. You can also use it to cover a portion of a single purchase at Collis Café, Novack Café, or Courtyard Café. The equivalency amounts vary by meal period: $5.25 for breakfast, $7.75 for lunch, $10 for dinner, and $5.25 for late-night.

  • Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 10:59 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 3:59 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:00 p.m. - 8:59 p.m.
  • Late Night: 9:00 p.m. to close

If you have chosen to utilize your meal plan to cover a portion of your purchase at one of our cafés or taken advantage of our to go program at 53 Commons you will need to wait for the next meal period to utilize your meal plan again. As always, by dining in at 53 Commons you have unlimited access to our dining hall throughout each meal period.

Dining Dollars

The Ivy Unlimited plan features 250 Dining Dollars to use at ramekin café in Anonymous Hall, Collis Café, Novack Café, Courtyard Café, or one of our residential snack bars. Dining Dollars can also be used for a meal at '53 Commons if you have already used a meal equivalency during that meal period.

Up to 100 Dining Dollars can carry over to the next term within the same academic year. Rolled over dining dollars are available anytime dining plans are active, including during off-term visits to campus.  Any unused dining dollars expire on Commencement Sunday.

DDS Charging

DDS Charging is an additional account designed for dining purchases not covered by the undergraduate dining plans. If the plan's Dining Dollars is exceeded, DDS Charging can be used for any additional dining purchases. This account also covers purchases at the Collis Market, an on-campus convenience store.

Any spending on the DDS Charging accounts is applied to the student's College billing account each month.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to have an UNLIMITED plan?
The Ivy Unlimited plan is like having a ski season pass or a gym membership. With it, you can dine-in and eat at '53 Commons from morning until night and you don't need to worry about counting swipes, number of visits, or going hungry. Dine in as many times per meal period as you would like! As with any membership, you get additional benefits, which only add to its great value; to-go meals from '53 Commons, guest swipes so you can bring friends, and the ability to use the plan at our other Dartmouth dining facilities when you like.

If I use a Meal Swipe Equivalency at 8:30 a.m. at a Dartmouth Café, can I then use a Meal Swipe at 10:30 a.m. at '53 Commons if I have the Ivy Unlimited plan?
You would not be able to do that with the Ivy Unlimited plan, as you had already made a choice for that breakfast meal period by using the meal equivalency at any café. At the beginning of each meal period, you essentially must choose between three options: unlimited dining-in at '53 Commons as many times as you like, getting one to-go meal from '53 Commons, or using one Meal Swipe Equivalency at one of our cafés. You can always use Dining Dollars and other forms of payment to supplement your meals at our other facilities.

What is a meal period and how do they work with an unlimited meal plan?
Our day is made up of 4 meal periods: Breakfast (7:00am-10:59am), Lunch (11:00am-3:59pm), Dinner (4:00pm to 8:59pm), and Late Night (9:00pm-close). Once you choose between the three options of either unlimited dine-in at '53 Commons, a meal to-go, or ra meal equivalency at our retail cafés, you will have to wait until the next meal period to choose a different option.

Where are Dining Dollars accepted this fall?
Dining Dollars are accepted at these participating locations; Novack Café, ramekin café, Collis Café, Courtyard Café, '53 Commons, and our residential snack bars located in House Center B, the McLaughlin Cluster, and the East Wheelock cluster.

What happens if I run out of Dining Dollars?
You can continue to use your ID card to make purchases in our cafés and snack bars using DDS Charging. Any balance on that account is posted to your overall student billing account with the College at the close of each month.

What if I have a food allergy?
We are here to help and make your meals as safe as possible. Our Dietitian and trained culinary team are here for you. You can reach them by email at dartmouth.dining@dartmouth.edu or by phone at 603-646-9701. Please see our Food Allergies & Restrictions page for additional information.