Questions and Answers About the New Dining Plans
Why are you making these changes?
We are committed to giving Dartmouth students the best program at the best price point. We regularly review our dining plans and have listened to changes proposed by our customers. We hope our new plans meet students’ needs, deliver good value, and are valued by our communities.
To confirm our thinking, we looked at dining plans from Bowdoin, Harvard, Yale, UMass Amherst, Cornell, University of Connecticut, and other schools, and believe that what we offer is as good as or better than these benchmarks.
What are the most important features of the new plans?
We want to make sure students feel they can get what they want, when they want it. There is an important challenge we want to recognize, “food insecurity”. This term means for some reason or another you are prevented from feeling like you are able to get what you require because you need to budget, calculate, skip, or skimp to make your meal allotment last. Our goal is to have the plans and the structure to take care of everyone and remove as many of the challenges as we can. We can’t solve every problem, but Dartmouth’s financial aid plans and programs are specifically designed to make sure meal plans are fully covered. For students on plans other than the Ivy Standard, we want to make sure the plan they have truly cover their needs.
What does it mean to have an UNLIMITED plan?
The new Ivy Standard is an Unlimited plan. Think of it like having a season pass or a membership. You can eat at ’53 Commons from morning ‘till night and you don’t need to worry about counting visits. As with a membership, you get additional benefits, which help give you that added flexibility. You have to-go options, you can bring friends, and you can choose to eat at other places if you prefer.
If I use Dining Dollars at 8:30am at Collis Cafe can I use a swipe at 10:00am at 53 Commons?
Yes, of course, you can! You can use dining dollars any time you want; it may make sense to if you are eating at two different facilities within the same time block. BUT, next year if you have the unlimited plan, you can also just stop into ’53 at the beginning of your morning for a cup of coffee and a muffin, go to class, and then come back and sit down for breakfast at ’53 after that with no additional charge as both visits are covered under the unlimited plan, and you can still come back multiple times later in the day.
If I live off campus could I buy the Ivy Standard Unlimited plan?
Yes, of course, you can, everyone is eligible to buy that plan. The off-campus plan was created to accommodate students living off-campus who want to cook their own meals, but we’ve found that’s a small minority of students. You can select whichever dining plan best suits YOUR needs.