University Dining Services - New Student Orientation 2020
We're so glad you're here. We know New Student Orientation looks a little different than you expected, and we're here to make your experience as immersive as possible. Below you will find information about meal plans, dining on campus, part-time jobs and more. If you have a question we didn't answer here, please reach out to us.
2020-2021 Meal Plan Rates
- Platinum: $2,275 per semester
- Average weekly spending: $136
- Maximum rollover: $340
- Gold: $2,005 per semester
- Average weekly spending: $120
- Maximum rollover: $300
- Silver: $1,755 per semester
- Average weekly spending: $105
- Maximum rollover: $265
- Bronze*: $1,550 per semester
- Average weekly spending: $93
- Maximum rollover: $230
- Copper: $1,180 per semester
- Average weekly spending: $71
- Maximum rollover: $175
- Plan G (non-contract): Dining Dollars in increments of $100
*Minimum required meal plan for freshmen living on campus
How They Work
Your meal plan is loaded onto your student ID one week before classes begin. OSU meal plans work on a declining-balance system - think of it like a debit card. Each time you swipe your student ID, the exact amount you see at the cash register is deducted from your meal plan. There are no weekly spending limits - you can spend as much or as little as you want, whenever you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
[+] Expand All
There is no right or wrong meal plan level. Freshmen must choose Bronze at a minimum, but you can select all the way up to Platinum. Think about how much you plan to eat on campus. Will you eat three meals a day, seven days a week on campus? Do you usually eat breakfast? Do you like to have a few snacks throughout the day? All of these are good questions to consider when selecting a meal plan.
You can spend your meal plan anywhere you can buy food or drink on campus, excluding vending machines. Your meal plan is also valid at the athletic venues to purchase non-alcoholic concessions.
Although you can't spend your meal plan off campus, we have 30 dining locations across campus to choose from. See the "Where Can I Eat?" section below to explore all of your options.
Absolutely. You may make changes to your contracted meal plan through the first week of classes without penalty. Visit the meal plan office in 301 Student Union or give us a call at (405) 744-4920.
Nope! Your meal plan is loaded on your student ID one week before classes begin each semester.
With our flexible meal plans, there are no weekly minimums or maximums. All of our dining concepts are a la carte, meaning you can spend as much or as little as you want, whenever you want.
[+] Expand All
You can easily check your meal plan balance at the bottom of every receipt you receive at our dining concepts. You may also check your balance here.
Yes! You can add increments of $100 to your meal plan at any time.
Each contracted meal plan level has a "maximum rollover" amount. This is the maximum amount that will transfer to the next semester as long as you maintain a valid meal plan contract. See the meal plan rates above to find the maximum rollover for your meal plan level.
Freshmen members of Greek Life who do not live in a Greek house will be required to maintain a meal plan at the Bronze level or higher. If you are moving into a Greek house at the beginning of the academic year, you may cancel your meal plan without penalty. You may cancel your meal plan for a fee of $150 if you are moving into a Greek house in the spring semester.
Of course! If you'd still like to maintain a small meal plan for use on campus, consider a non-contract Plan G meal plan. This meal plan works in increments of $100 and the money never expires.
Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, your parents cannot access your meal plan information without a signed FERPA on file. This process is completed through the Office of the Registrar.
30 Concepts. 10 Locations.
- B&B, Co. - Breakfast favorites, Starbucks Coffee, burgers and more
- Carvery - Hand-carved meats with gourmet sides and salads
- Dash - Fresh-made smoothies and hot cookies
- The Natural - Gluten-friendly, vegan and allergen-friendly foods available daily
- Noodle U - Custom noodle creations with meats and fresh vegetables
- Road Trip Pizza & Mac - Made-to-order pizzas, mac and cheese and boneless wings
- Sunday Brunch - Full brunch served every Sunday
- Zest - A wide variety of Mediterranean classics
- Express It! - Grocery snacks, grab-n-go items and campus-living necessities
- The Hatch - Chicken any way you like it
- Corner Cafe - Grab-n-go items, Starbucks coffee and other beverages
- Fast Break - convenience store with grab-n-go items, ice cream and milk shakes
- Slam Dunk - Rotating dinner menu, sandwiches, salads and Starbucks coffee
- Roots - Grab-n-go items and beverages perfect for breakfast or lunch
- Country Barbeque Co. - BBQ sandwiches, salads and full meals
- Linguetti's - Create-your-own pasta dishes, salad bar, lunch buffet and pizzas
- Twenty Something - Groceries, grab-n-go items, snacks and necessities
- Which Wich - Superior sandwiches made to order
- Newton's - Grab-n-go dining options in the middle of campus
- Cafe Libro - Coffee, grab-n-go items, hot sandwiches, individual pizzas and pasta
- Business Perks Coffee - Starbucks coffee, espresso and baked goods
- Baja Fresh - Fresh Mexican grilled favorites
- Bread & Beyond Deli - Gourmet sandwiches including a daily hot sandwich
- Caribou Coffee - Coffee shop with a commitment to sustainability
- Chick-fil-A - Chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and salads
- Johnny Rockets - Burgers, classic sandwiches, fries and milk shakes
- Mambo Italiano - Pizza, calzones and pasta
- Passport - features rotating world menus
- Red Earth Kitchen - Homestyle breakfast and lunch made from local ingredients
- Shake Smart - Meal replacement shakes, sandwiches, cold-brew coffee and more
- Union Express - Grab-n-go items, quick snacks and beverages
Frequently Asked Questions
Nope - all of our dining concepts are a la carte, meaning you can eat as much or as little as you want, whenever you want. We do have concepts that offer an all-you-care-to-eat style, like the lunch buffet at Linguetti's and the Sunday Brunch in North Dining.
Since our dining concepts are a la carte, there is no set price per meal. However, students can usually purchase a meal and beverage for around $10.
We have plenty of healthy options! Our "Choose Orange" program identifies healthier options around campus. For more information, check out the "Choose Healthy. Choose Orange." section below.
Absolutely - we do our best to offer plenty of dining options for all of our students. Check out the "Allergies & Special Diets" section below.
"Dining has changed my OSU experience. It has been a very solid job that ensures my education comes first. They are willing to work with your hours and the people are amazing. Dining even paid me when we weren't able to work, which was pertinent for me. I am very grateful to be a part of University Dining Services. Go Pokes!"
Work for Dining!
We know times are hard, and many students are looking for a part-time job. We hire hundreds of students every year to work in our dining concepts across campus. Our students can schedule their shifts around classes and work in a location near their residence hall. We offer great community and hands-on experience that our students can add to their resumes.
No experience? No problem - all of our employees receive on-the-job training.
Perks of the Job:
- Work close to your residence hall
- Schedule work around your classes
- Receive a wage plus a meal voucher with every shift
- Enhance leadership skills as a student supervisor
"The best part about working with Student Union dining is convenience. I am able to schedule around class times and club meetings, and it's only a five-minute walk to work from my dorm. Also, working at the Union has introduced me to some of my best friends in college."
"Working for UDS gave me an opportunity to build my teamworking and time management skills in a way that a classroom environment never could."
"I was fortunate enough to be a scholarship winner through Dining, which was very helpful in paying my college tuition. They have been very giving and very flexible throughout my three years of service."
Patty Anson, RDN, LD, CDE is the nutrition expert for University Dining Services (UDS). She meets with prospective and current students with food allergies and special nutrition needs and helps them transition from home to the college dining setting.
Have questions for Patty? She is available to meet with you and can help you navigate dining on campus.
It's All About Balance.
We know your health is important to you, and that's why we created the Choose Orange program.
The Choose Orange program is based off of U.S. Dietary Guidelines - it identifies healthier food options, including:
- Fruits - fresh, frozen, dried, those canned in natural juices and 100% fruit juices
- Vegetables - those with limited salt, butter and creamy sauces
- Dairy - skim and low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheese and fortified soymilk
- Whole Grains - whole-wheat bread, brown rice, whole-grain cereal and pasta
- Proteins - lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes, fish, nuts, seeds and soy products
Look for food items labeled with this symbol
Still Have Questions?
If you have a question or concern we didn't address, feel free to contact Rachel Metzger. Rachel usually meets with students and families at New Student Orientation, and she can answer all of your dining and meal plan questions.
University Dining Services Marketing Coordinator