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Where the Cowboys Dine

University Dining Services - New Student Orientation 2020

Where the Cowboys Dine

Welcome, Cowboys!

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.


Meal Plan Basics

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

2020-2021 Meal Plan Rates

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

Where Can I Eat?

Dining locations map illustration

30 Concepts. 10 Locations.

Frequently Asked Questions


Need a Job?

Candace Booth, University Dining Services student employee

"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!"

Candace Booth, Psychology Senior

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

Apply Today!

Daniel Metroka, University Dining Services student employee

"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."

Daniel Metroka, Creative Writing Senior
Christina Hulett, University Dining Services student employee

"Working for UDS gave me an opportunity to build my teamworking and time management skills in a way that a classroom environment never could."

Christina Hulett, Geology Senior


Braeden Fields, University Dining Services student employee

"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."

Braeden Fields, Construction Engineering Technology Senior


Allergies and Special Diets

Meet Patty.

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.

Patty Anson, RDN, LD, CDE



Choose Healthy. Choose Orange.

Student carrying food at Country BBQ

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

Choose Orange symbol

Look for food items labeled with this symbol

Still Have Questions?

Rachel Metzger, University Dining Services Marketing Coordinator

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.

Rachel Metzger

University Dining Services Marketing Coordinator