All on-campus students are required to purchase a minimum meal plan based on their housing assignment. If a student who lives on-campus does not choose a meal plan, the Base Plan will be automatically assigned and billed to the student’s account. Meal plans are also available for students who live off campus.
A student’s meal plan consists of block meals used in the Fresh Food Company (also known as The Pit), the Magnolia Room, or Hilltop Market at the North Dining Hall.
Old Gold Swipes that can be used at certain retail food locations on campus for combo meals. A listing of locations can be found through the Deacon Dining website.
A declining balance fund called Food Dollars that allows students to make food purchases from any eatery on campus (except Campus Grounds). Food Dollars are equivalent to U.S. dollars. Food Dollars can only be used for food and convenience store purchases. NOTE: Many students and parents prefer using Food Dollars to ensure funds are set aside specifically for food purchases.
Additional Food Dollars
At any time, additional Food Dollars may be added to a student’s Deacon OneCard if needed. Students who live off campus and do not wish to have a meal plan may also add Food Dollars to the Deacon OneCard. This can only be done through the Dining website. Charges for Food Dollars do not appear on student accounts.
Unused meals and Food Dollars within a meal plan carry over from week to week through the end of the spring. Food Dollars purchased outside of a meal plan roll over from year to year until a student graduates or leaves the University. At that time, unused Food Dollars are non-refundable.
Meal plans are processed through Residence Life & Housing since they are packaged with housing assignments. Questions or requests to change plans should be directed to or 336.758.5185.
Student Financial Services cannot add or change meal plans or add Food Dollars to a student account.