Meal Plans

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Plans and Rates

Meal Plans for the fall 2021 semester officially begin with dinner on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Note: Rates subject to change pending approval from the Board of Trustees

Platinum Plan

  • $6,250/year

  • Includes 19 regular meals per week & 125 "Dining Dollars" per semester that can be used in any campus dining location

Gold Plan

  • $5,410/year

  • Includes 10 regular meals per week and 4 additional guest meals (that may also be used for yourself or guests in Terra Dining Hall) & 25 "Dining Dollars" per semester that can be used in any campus dining location. Guest meals can be used at anytime throughout the week and allow a student to swipe twice during any meal period in which it is used.

Silver Plan

  • $4,160/year

  • Includes 10 regular meals per week

Bronze Plan

  • $2,360/year

  • Includes 5 regular meals per week

Residential Students

All students who live on campus in one of our four residence halls are automatically enrolled in the Platinum Plan. Students living in the residence halls for a second, third, or fourth year have the option of selecting the Gold Plan, through the end of the add/drop deadline each semester.

Non-Residential Students

All students not living in our residence halls – commuters, full and part-time, graduate and undergraduate – are invited to select a meal plan by going to the UArts portal.

Non-residential students interested in dining on-campus may choose from any of the meal plans listed above.

How Meal Plans Work

Meal plans are tracked on a weekly basis, from Monday morning until Sunday evening. You may not exceed more than the number of meals per week as outlined in your plan above, unless you have purchased the Gold Plan and are using one of the four weekly guest passes.

Meal Zones

There are up to four meal time zones per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night). Students may either use their meal plan, Dining Dollars, or receive a meal plan equivalency during those time zones, based on the specific location. Mangia offers a la carte items for a meal plan equivalency.

Monday - Friday

  • Breakfast: 7:00am-11:00am

  • Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm

  • Dinner: 4:00pm - 7:30pm

  • Late night (Mangia only): 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Meal Plan Exchanges

Meal Plan Exchanges allow you to exchange one all-you-care-to-eat meal in the Terra Dining Hall for an equivalent combo meal in another location. One meal will then be deducted from your weekly meal plan allowance.

Meal Exchange Program

You also have the opportunity to take advantage of Meal Exchange Program in Mangia during the 4th Meal Zone of the day (7:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.). These bundles are pre-determined and pre-set in the touch-screen ordering system.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars can be used to make purchases at any dining location on campus. Dining Dollars provide flexibility and value when used to purchase a beverage or snack between classes or to treat others to a meal. Dining Dollars expire at the end of each semester.

Declining Balance Accounts

Students can add money to Declining Balance Accounts. In addition to being able to use the accounts to make purchases at any dining location, these accounts can be used to make purchases throughout the campus, including the UArts Store, Print Services and resale sites. Students can add money to Declining Balance Accounts at any time online. Unused funds in the account will be credited to student's billing account at the end of the academic year.

Making Changes to Meal Plans

Residential students may not make changes to their plan at any time. Non-residential students cannot select a lower-level meal plan after the add/drop deadline for each semester. However, non-residential students may upgrade to a higher-level plan at any time during the semester. Make changes to a meal by visiting Residence Life on the 3rd floor of Gershman Hall.

If a documented disability presents an accommodation need or an exception to the meal plan policy, please visit the Office of Educational Accessibility. For students living on campus, we do not exempt or remove students completely, but may make a determination to a lower plan once all options have been exhausted.


If you have friends or family visiting, they can use cash or credit to purchase meals from any dining location. You can also use UArts dollars or one of your four weekly guest passes (if you are on the Gold Plan).