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

Find the Dining Plan for You

Our Traditional Dining plans give students the flexibility to eat a different number of meals each day depending on their preferences. 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?

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 decide on the color level of your plan, you can pick the combination of flexible dollars and meal passes that you want within that plan. 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, if you prefer complete meals with a main course and side dishes, then a plan with more meals/blocks is for you.

Here are some example scenarios:

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 Meals/Blocks, $250 Flexible Dollars
This plan will allow Mark to have at least three meals every day during the week.
  • Prefers to snack during the day
  • Normally grabs a quick breakfast
Red Plan #8 – 24 Meals/Blocks, $645 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.