About Dining Plans

Offering all day access to delicious food is a priority of our program. Whether you are interested in enjoying multiple meals throughout the day or want a set number of meals per week, Dartmouth Dining has a dining plan to meet your needs.

For First-Year Students

First year students are automatically enrolled in The Ivy Standard plan which provides the ability to eat during each of our four daily meal periods plus $250 Dining Dollars.

Students who participate in New Student Orientation will receive early access to the Ivy Standard plan to cover all of your dining needs along with several special, orientation-only meals. This will appear on your statement as a $225 orientation dining fee.

Using A Dining Plan

Dining plans and Dining Dollars can be used at all of the undergraduate dining facilities, including the Class of 1953 Commons, Courtyard Café, Collis Café, Novack Café and at the residential snack bars. In addition, Dining Dollars can be used at the King Arthur Flour Bakery Café in Baker library and College-operated concessions stands at sporting events. Undergraduate dining plans cannot be used at the Tuck School for Business.

Meal Swipes and Value of a Meal Exchange

Each meal swipe is designed to give you access for one meal at '53 Commons, Dartmouth's all-you-care-to-eat dining hall, or for the daily special - an entree and beverage - at one of our cafes.

However, a meal swipe can be exchanged for a set value towards a purchase at any of the cafes or snack bars on campus. The dollar equivalencies are $5.25 for breakfast, $7.75 for lunch, $10 for dinner, and $5.25 for late-night.

You can use Dining Dollars, Dartmouth Student Charge, DA$H discretionary, cash, or a credit card to pay the balance of your meal over the meal exchange value.

Meal Periods

The meal periods below are not the hours of operation for any specific dining venue. These are times when the value of a meal exchange changes, and the periods in which you can only use one swipe.

  • 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 closing time for venues that are open late

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are a convenient way to pay for additional items outside of ’53 Commons. This spending account comes with every dining plan and may be used at all dining venues, snack bars, or market locations on campus.

Up to $100 Dining Dollars can rollover to the next term within the same academic year for students with active dining plans. The amount of Dining Dollars carried forward will not alter any dining plan pricing or requirements. Any unspent Dining Dollars will expire with the end of spring term on Commencement Sunday.

Paying for a guest:

You may use Dining Dollars to purchase food for a guest, but you may not give the guest your Dartmouth ID card to use.

DDS Charging

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

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