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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 below for 2015-16 are drafts, pending finalization of contract negotiations with Colgate's food service provider.

Premier Gold

(2015-16 cost: $6,505)

Details
This meal plan is required for first-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.

Premier Platinum

(2015-16 cost: $6,805)

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.

10-Meal Plan

(2015-16 cost: $4,330)

Details
This meal plan is available to students 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 not rollover from fall to spring semester.

Block Plan

2015-16 cost: $750 per block

Details
This meal plan is available to students 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 will rollover from fall to spring semester. At the end of the spring semester all unused meals will be forfeited.


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.
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.
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.


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.