How to Choose your Plan-Dining Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Find the Dining Plan for You

We have created many dining plan options so that you have the flexibility to choose the plan that is best for you.

Traditional Dining Plans

The traditional dining plans give students the flexibility to eat a different number of meals each day depending on their preferences. There are four levels of the traditional dining plan so that students can pick one that fits their needs. When trying to decide which plan to choose it might be helpful to ask yourself a few questions.

How much do you normally eat each week?

Students should choose the plan that fits their eating habits. For example, if you normally eat three meals a day and also like to have a late night snack, it would be better to have a plan that allows you to eat an average of three meals a day. You should select your plan based on the average number of meals you plan on eating each week along with your anticipated schedule of classes and extracurriculars.

Do you normally eat complete meals or do you like to snack during the day?

Once you have decided which color level you want to choose, you can pick the combination of flexible dollars and meal passes that you want within that plan. This combination will also depend on your eating habits. Do you prefer to snack on smaller portions? If so, a plan with more flexible dollars might be better for you. On the other hand, do you usually eat three meals a day? Are you used to complete meals with a main course and side dishes? If so, a plan with more meal passes is for you.

Here are some examples to help you make your choice.

Eating Habits Dining Plan Choice
  • Plans on eating breakfast, lunch and dinner every weekday
  • Likes to sleep in on the weekends
Green Plan #2 – 36 Meal Passes, $250 Flexible Dollars
This plan will allow Mark to have at least 3 meals every day during the week.
  • Prefers to snack during the day
  • Normally grabs a quick breakfast
Red Plan #8 – 24 Meal Passes, $650 Flexible Dollars
This plan gives Jing enough flexible dollars during the semester so that she can buy snacks when she wants, but she still can eat meals on campus with her friends.