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Meal Plans

All incoming students required to maintain a meal plan will automatically be enrolled in the Premier Unlimited plan. For other students, there are a number of additional options, outlined below.
Frank Dining Hall
To participate in a meal plan, you must have your own Colgate University ID card (’Gate Card).

See some of the most frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page, or contact Dining Services for more information.

Premier Unlimited

This meal plan provides dining access seven days a week, including unlimited access to Frank Dining Hall during its hours of service; limited access to the Cutting Edge Bistro, Monday – Friday, for one meal per day; and 35 accesses per semester at the Coop.

Coop accesses not used in a given semester may not be carried over to the following semester. Participants will also receive $200 in flex dollars per semester. Flex dollars may only be utilized at Frank Dining Hall, the Coop, and the Hieber Café. Flex dollars carry over from fall semester to spring semester, but not between academic years.

This meal plan is required for first-year students but is available to all.
(2014-15 cost: $6,195)

Classic Unlimited

This meal plan provides dining access seven days a week. Participants can visit Frank Dining Hall as many times as they want from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; The Cutting Edge Bistro, Monday – Friday, for one meal per day; and will receive $350 in flex dollars per semester.

Flex dollars may only be utilized at Frank Dining Hall, the Coop, and Hieber Café. Flex dollars carry over from fall semester to spring semester, but not between academic years.

This meal plan is available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
(2014-15 cost:  $5,205)

The 14 Plan

This meal plan provides dining access seven day a week for up to 14 meals at Frank Dining Hall, the Coop, or the Cutting Edge Bistro. Participants are allowed up to three meal swipes per day (one per dining period) at Frank Dining Hall or the Coop, and one meal per day (Monday – Friday) at the Cutting Edge Bistro.

Meals not used in any given week are not carried over to the following week. This meal plan is available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
(2014-15 cost: $5,205)

The 10 Plan

This meal plan provides dining access seven days a week for up to 10 meals at Frank Dining Hall, the Coop or the Cutting Edge Bistro. Participants are allowed up to three meal swipes per day (one per dining period) at Frank Dining Hall or the Coop, and one meal per day (Monday – Friday) at the Cutting Edge Bistro.

Meals not used in any given week are not carried over to the following week. This meal plan is only available to junior and senior students not residing in traditional residence halls.. 
(2014-15 cost: $4,125)

Block Plan

This meal plan provides dining access seven days with a block of 50 accesses per plan that can be used at Frank Dining Hall, the Coop, and the Cutting Edge Bistro.

Participants will also receive $150 in flex dollars per plan. Flex Dollars may only be utilized in Frank Dining Hall, the Coop, and the Library Cafe.

Unused meals will roll over from fall to spring semester. At the end of the spring semester all unused meals will be forfeited. This meal plan is only available to junior and senior students not residing in traditional residence halls.
(2014-15 cost: $875)
Students must renew this plan when they use up their meals by going to the dining services office in Frank Dining Hall.


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.
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, and the Library Café. 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, and even many locations in the community. Food can be purchased a la carte with cash or your 'Gate Card at the Hieber Café or Coop, and full meals can be purchased at the Cutting Edge Bistro or Frank Dining Hall. ‘'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.
How do I make changes to my plan?
Please contact Colgate Dining Services at 315-228-7670 between August 20, and May 10th to add or change a meal plan. You may come to the Frank Dining Hall office, Monday-Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, to complete a Change Meal Plan Form. Fall semester meal plans will automatically carry over into spring unless changes are submitted before the deadline.

Any changes in meal plans during the summer can be made by contacting Student Accounts at 315-228-7812.
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 George Murray, Director of Sodexo Campus Services (glmurray@colgate.edu or 315-228-7670).  Mr. Murray 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.

Mr. Murray 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 chairs the committee and oversees accommodations for students, is also available as a resource for any questions or concerns.


Helpful Information

Frank Dining Hall offers “all you care to eat dining” with accommodating hours. Meal plans are based on a seven-day week. The week starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. Please note that unused meals do not roll over to the following week.

Students living in traditional on-campus residences are required to have a meal plan. On-campus apartment and townhouse residents and off-campus residents may sign up for a voluntary meal plan. To sign up for a voluntary plan, please contact us at 315-228-7670 or e-mail us at lmarcellus@colgate.edu.