Carnegie Mellon University

Which dining plan is best for you?

Your dining plan gives you access to diverse, delicious, and healthy options at over 35 dining locations on campus. Our dining plans are designed so that you can choose when, where, and what you want to eat in a way that best fits your schedule and dining needs. Your dining plan and DineXtra dollars, our declining balance program, are encoded on your Carnegie Mellon ID card, so you have easy access to your account wherever you go.  

First-Year Students

All first-year students are required to select a Traditional Dining Plan. Our Traditional Dining Plans give students the flexibility to eat a different number of meals each day depending on their preferences.

All 2020-2021 traditional dining plan prices are for a single semester

Traditional Dining Plans

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First-Year (includes meals at orientation)*:
$3,616 per semester:

*First-year students arriving in the spring will pay the undergraduate/graduate price which does not include the cost of orientation meals.

Undergraduate/Graduate:
$3,442 per semester

  • 292 block meals per semester (approx. 18 meals per week)
  • $260 flexible dollars per semester
  • 2 guest meals per semester

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First-Year (includes meals at orientation)*:
$3,430 per semester

*First-year students arriving in the spring will pay the undergraduate/graduate price which does not include the cost of orientation meals.

Undergraduate/Graduate:
$3,256 per semester

  • 252 block meals per semester (approx. 16 meals per week)
  • $505 flexible dollars per semester
  • 2 guest meals per semester

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First-Year (includes meals at orientation)*:
$3,257 per semester

*First-year students arriving in the spring will pay the undergraduate/graduate price which does not include the cost of orientation meals.

Undergraduate/Graduate:
$3,083 per semester

  • 205 block meals per semester (approx. 13 meals per week)
  • $825 flexible dollars per semester
  • 2 guest meals per semester

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First-Year (includes meals at orientation):
$1,678 per semester

*First-year students arriving in the spring will pay the undergraduate/graduate price which does not include the cost of orientation meals.

Undergraduate/Graduate:
$1,504 per semester

  • 125 block meals per semester (approx. 8 meals per week)
  • $185 flexible dollars per semester
    Available to first-year students living in apartment communities.

Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff

All undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff members have the option to choose either a Traditional Dining Plan or a Community Dining Plan. All of our dining plans are designed so that you can choose when, where, and what you want to eat in a way that best fits your schedule and dining needs. 

Community Dining Plans

Tartan Flex icon

$5,381 per year /
$2,690.50 per semester

  • 170 block meals per semester (approx. 10 meals per week)
  • $855 flexible dollars

Scotty's Choice Icon

$3,077 per year /
$1,538.50 per semester

  • 85 block meals per semester (approx. 5 meals per week)
  • $615 flexible dollars

Whitfield's Favor

$2,102 per year /
$1,051 per semester

  • 54 block meals per semester (approx. 3 meals per week)
  • $465 flexible dollars

Piper Select

$1,364 per year /
$682 per semester

  • 32 block meals per semester (approx. 2 meals per week)
  • $330 flexible dollars

Terms to know as you select your dining plan:

meal block icon Blocks/Meals

Meal blocks consist of an entrée, drink, and side(s) all for one price. Meal blocks are offered at every location on campus and offer value as compared to purchasing each item a la carte. Up to two meal blocks can be used during each meal period.

flexible dollars icon Flexible Dollars

Flexible dollars come as a part of the dining plan you purchase and can be used to upgrade your meal or purchase a la carte items at all campus dining locations. Flexible dollars expire on the last active day of the dining plan in the fall and spring semesters.

dinextra icon DineXtra

DineXtra can be purchased in addition to a dining plan or as DineXtra alone, and it offers a 1% bonus per $100 deposit, up to 10%. DineXtra purchased during the academic year is available through the last active date of the dining plan in the spring semester. Any unused funds expire at that time.

dinextra icon Guest Meals  

Two guest meals are included in the green, blue, and red Traditional Plans each semester. They are not included with the community plans. You can use your guest meals on visitors or as an additional meal during one block. Guest meals can be redeemed at any time during the semester.