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Your Dining Plan Options

Traditional Dining Plans

All first-year students are required to have a traditional dining plan. Upperclass students are also eligible to purchase these plans. Traditional dining plans offer flexibility and convenience to all students. The traditional dining plans consist of value meals and flexible dollars. There are four different levels: green, blue, red and yellow. Each level offers different combinations of meal blocks and flexible dollars so that students can pick a dining plan that best fits their needs and eating habits.

The Yellow Plan

The yellow plan is specifically geared towards students living in Oakland community apartments or Greek housing. The yellow plan has fewer meal blocks so students have the flexibility to eat on campus with their classmates or use the kitchens that are provided in their apartments or fraternities and sororities.

Community Dining Plans

Upperclass students, faculty and staff who wish to purchase a dining plan can also buy any of the community dining plans. The community dining plans offer students a certain amount of meals per semester so that students can be very flexible in how they choose to use their meals each week. Have a busy week and plan on eating on-campus almost every day? Going out of town the next week for an interview? The community dining plans give you the flexibility to eat meals where and when you want. These plans also include flexible dollars so that students can purchase food items outside of their meal blocks.

DineXtra Declining Balance Program

DineXtra plans are available to all students, even those who already have another dining plan. A DineXtra plan gives you extra flexibility and extra value. DineXtra dollars are better than cash: You get a bonus value of up to 10% of the amount added. (The bonus is 1% for $100, 2% for $200 and so on up to 10% for $1,000.) That difference means extra money to buy food. No wonder we call it DineXtra!