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Meal Plans

Student meal plans provide convenient access to an array of dining options on campus.
Frank Dining Hall
To participate in a meal plan, you must have your own Colgate University ID card (’Gate Card).

Descriptions of meal plans for 2015-16 are below.

Premier Gold - Anytime Dining

(2015-16 cost: $3,252.50 per semester)


Details

This meal plan is required for first- and second-year students (unless opting to purchase the Premier Platinum Plan) and all students living in traditional residence halls.

This meal plan provides unlimited dining access seven days a week 24 hours per day at Frank Dining Hall and unlimited access during hours of service at the Coop, Hieber Café and Donovan’s Pub. In addition, participants will receive 3 guest meal passes per semester.

10-Meal Plan – Gate Membership

(2015-16 cost: $2,165 per semester)

Details

This meal plan is available to juniors and seniors not living in traditional residence halls.

This meal plan provides dining access seven days a week for up to 10 meals at Frank Dining Hall or the Coop. Meals not used in any given week are not carried over to the following week. Participants will also receive $100 in flex dollars per semester. Flex Dollars may be utilized in Frank Dining Hall, the Coop, Hieber Café and Donovan’s Pub.

Unused flex dollars will rollover from fall to spring semester At the end of the spring semester all unused flex dollars will be forfeited.

Premier Platinum – Anytime Dining

(2015-16 cost: $3,402.50 per semester)

Details

This meal plan is voluntary and open to any student.

This meal plan provides unlimited dining access seven days a week 24 hours per day at Frank Dining Hall and unlimited access during hours of service at the Coop, Hieber Café and Donovan’s Pub. In addition, participants will receive 6 guest meal passes per semester and $150 of ‘Gate Cash per semester. ‘Gate Cash can be used on campus at the C-store and in vending machines and off campus at participating businesses. Meal plan holders will also be able to dine at the Merrill House if accompanied by faculty or staff.

Block Plan – Raider Membership

2015-16 cost: $750 per block

Details

This meal plan is available to juniors and seniors not living in traditional residence halls.

This meal plan provides dining access seven days a week with a block of 50 accesses per plan that can be used at Frank Dining Hall or the Coop. Participants will also receive $150 in flex dollars per plan. Flex Dollars may be utilized in Frank Dining Hall, the Coop, Hieber Café and Donovan’s Pub.

Unused meals and flex dollars will rollover from fall to spring semester. At the end of the spring semester all unused meals and flex dollars will be forfeited.


Helpful Information

Frank Dining Hall is open seven days a week 24 hours a day. Students can access Frank or the Coop with any of the meal plans listed above or by paying the door rate:
  • Breakfast - $5.95
  • Lunch - $8.95
  • Dinner - $10.95
  • Brunch - $11.95
All first-years and sophomores are required to be on the Premier Gold plan unless they opt to upgrade to Premier Platinum. Juniors and seniors living in on-campus apartments, townhouses or off-campus residences may opt to sign up for any of the meal plans.  

Requests for additions/changes in meal plans over the summer can be made by contacting Student Accounts at 315-228-7812. One week prior to the start of the semester meal plan additions/changes must be requested from Colgate Dining Services at 315-228-7670 or email lmarcellus@colgate.edu. Changes to meal plans can be made between semesters or at the beginning of each semester before the end of drop/add. Meal plan upgrades can be requested in the office at Frank Dining Hall throughout the semester. Please note that fall semester meal plan selections will automatically carry over into the spring semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which plan is right for me?

Consider your daily routine. Do you eat three meals a day? Will your class schedule, studying, extracurricular activities, and social events interfere with dining? Will you miss dinner due to employment or evening classes? Anticipating the answers to these and similar questions will help you to select the meal plan that best fits your lifestyle. The new premier plans allow unlimited access to Frank Dining Hall 24 hours per day 7 days per week giving you the ultimate flexibility.

What are Flex Dollars and ‘Gate Cash?

Flex Dollars: These add flexibility to your dining options by allowing you to spend them like cash at Frank, the Coop, the Hieber Café and Donovan’s Pub. As an additional value, flex dollars are tax exempt and unused dollars carry over from fall to spring semesters. However, unused flex dollars expire on the last day of the academic calendar year and do not roll over to the following academic year. A $25.00 per-day spending limit is applied. Please inform your cashier you wish to pay with flex dollars before making the purchase.

‘Gate Cash: This is a convenient way to purchase meals at any campus dining location, vending machines and even many locations in the community. ‘'Gate cash can also be used for purchases at the Bookstore, C-store, mailroom, and to operate laundry machines, and library copiers. 'Gate Cash carries over from fall to spring and as well as between academic years. You can add additional funds online.

What if I have a food allergy, a special diet, or require a sick tray?

Requesting Special Consideration for Dietary Needs For some students with serious health conditions, following certain diets or refraining from eating certain foods is a medical necessity rather than a personal choice.

If you have special needs with regard to food or food preparation, Colgate wants to assist you. Your first step is to contact Scott Hughes, Director of Colgate Dining Services (swhughes@colgate.edu or 518-368-8099). Scott can discuss how Colgate Dining Services can work with you to meet your particular needs. He is also available to speak with family members or professionals, as needed. There is a full-time dietician on staff who is also available to meet with students to discuss their needs.

Mr. Hughes also serves as a member of Colgate’s Special Accommodations Review Committee and in that capacity, he may bring forward particular requests for the committee’s consideration.

Lynn Waldman, Director of Academic Support and Disability Services (lwaldman@colgate.edu or 315-228-7375) who serves as chair the committee and oversees accommodations for students, is also available as a resource for any questions or concerns.

How do I make changes to my plan?

Requests for additions/changes in meal plans over the summer can be made by contacting Student Accounts at 315-22-7812. One week prior to the start of the semester meal plan additions/changes must be requested from Colgate Dining Services at 315-228-7670 or email lmarcellus@colgate.edu.

Changes to meal plans can be made between semesters or at the beginning of each semester before the end of drop/add. Meal plan upgrades can be requested in the office at Frank Dining Hall Throughout the semester. Please not that fall semester meal plan selections will automatically carry over into the spring semester.