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Meal Plans

All Davidson College students participate in the College dining program. Meal plans offer convenient pre-paid dining at a variety of campus locations. First-year students are required to participate in either the 21 or 16 Meal Plan. Upper class students are required to purchase a minimum of a 75-Block Plan for the full year.

The 21, 16, 14, and 10-Meal Plans are all weekly plans. The plans reset each week, and meals do not carry over from one week to the next. The 90-Block and 75-Block Plans count down throughout the semester.

Most plans also include additional Dining Dollars. These Dining Dollars may be used like cash at Vail Commons, Davis Café, Wildcat Den, Union Station and campus vending machines. Students may also use up to 25 percent of their plan's Dining Dollars at the Summit Outpost. Dining Dollars remaining in a student's account at the end of fall semester carry over through the spring semester. Dining Dollars all expire at the end of spring semester.

Students are allowed to use a meal plan swipe at cash locations for a prescribed cash value (referred to as "meal equivalencies") at specified times. These include lunch at the Wildcat Den and most hours at the Union Café and Union Station. The meal equivalency options for first year students are limited.

Students enroll in a meal plan each semester; unused meals do not carry over to the following semester.

Available Meal Plans

(Rates below include the required North Carolina sales tax.)

2017-18 Rates
Annual Semester
21 Meal Plan
($100 Dining Dollars)
$6,852 $3,426
16 Meal Plan
($400 Dining Dollars)
$6,802 $3,401
14 Meal Plan
($200 Dining Dollars)
$5,932 $2,966
10 Meal Plan
($200 Dining Dollars)
$4,514 $2,257
90 Block Meal Plan
($100 Dining Dollars)
$2,398 $1,199
75 Block Meal Plan
(No Dining Dollars)
$1,754 $877

The college is committed to maintaining a high quality dining program and keeping meal options on campus affordable. North Carolina State law requires that students be charged sales tax on pre-paid meal plans as well as any other retail dining sales that occur on campus. The schedule of prices above includes the combined North Carolina, county and local taxes of 8.25 percent.