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Dining on Campus

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Campus dining is an integral part of the college experience. Whether it is sharing meals and conversation with friends or grabbing a quick bite before class, Clarkson strives to make your student’s dining experience memorable and enjoyable. Our goal is to provide Clarkson students with a variety of healthy food in a fun atmosphere while accommodating fast-paced schedules, fluctuating life-styles and different preferences and nutritional needs at one of six on-campus locations. Flexible meal-plan options help your student adjust to changing eating habits and daily schedules.   FAQ’s

How does my student use the selected meal plan?

Can my student use their meal plan in retail components of campus dining?

What is "declining balance?"

If my student is running low on declining balance, may more be added?

What happens to unused declining balance amounts?

Can dietary restrictions be met with on-campus dining?


How does my student use the selected meal plan?

Your student will present their University ID each time they enter a cafeteria or pay at a register. The ID is coded with their meal plan information and the card is read at the point of entry. Depending on the purchase, either a "meal swipe" or "declining balance" dollars will be deducted from the account.


Can my student use their meal plan in retail components of campus dining?

Yes. In addition to a certain number of meals per week or per semester, each meal plan is comprised of a predetermined amount of “Declining Balance” dollars (also known as "DB") for the semester. Students may present their ID and use Declining Balance as food service currency to purchase items, snacks or even meals at the on-campus retail venues. The amount of the purchase is automatically deducted from the ID card, similar to a Debit Card.


What is "declining balance?"

Declining Balance is essentially food service currency that may be used in the retail venues on campus. The amount of Declining Balance per semester goes up as the number of traditional meals per week in the cafeterias goes down. It is the balance between traditional cafeteria meals and Declining Balance amounts that provide much of the flexibility in meeting individual student needs/life styles.


If my student is running low on declining balance, may more be added?

Yes. Your student may stop in to the Clarkson Dining Services Office in the Cheel Campus Center and purchase additional amounts of Declining Balance to be added directly to the meal card/ID. Alternatively, you may purchase DB online at www.clarkson.campusdish.com or through the Facebook link on www.facebook.com/ClarksonDining.


What happens to unused declining balance amounts?

A Declining Balance surplus will be carried over from the fall semester to the spring semester. Declining Balance must be used before the academic year concludes and may not be carried over from the spring semester to the following fall semester.


Can dietary restrictions be met with on-campus dining?

Most can. On-Campus Dining provides a variety of healthy food choices daily, from pasta to salad to vegetarian dishes. Students with special needs should chat with and inform their cafeteria manager or stop in to the main office in the Cheel Campus Center and discuss their needs personally. Individual meal plans and/or selections are often developed to better accommodate the need of an individual student. You can also contact the Clarkson Dining Office ahead of your student’s arrival to discuss specific dietary needs.
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