Meal Plans

A college meal plan provides convenient pre-paid dining at a variety of campus locations. First-year students are required to participate in a full meal plan for the entire year. Starting with the Class of 2018, all upper class students are also required to purchase a minimum of a 75-Block plan for the full year. The Class of 2017 has no required meal plan purchase.

The 21, 16, 14, and 10-Meal Plans are all weekly plans. Unused meals for the week do not carry over to the following week. The 90-block and 75-block plans count down throughout the semester. Students enroll in a meal plan each semester; unused meals do not carry over to the following 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% 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 to the spring as long as the student remains on a meal plan for the spring semester. Dining Dollars 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.

Broader participation in the meal plan program due to the required meal plan has allowed price increases to be held to 1% on the block plans and the 10 and 14 meal plans.

Available Meal Plans

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

2016-17 Rates
Annual Semester
21 Meal Plan
($100 Dining Dollars)
$6,652 $3,326
16 Meal Plan
($300 Dining Dollars)
$6,618 $3,309
14 Meal Plan
($200 Dining Dollars)
$5,730 $2,865
10 Meal Plan
($200 Dining Dollars)
$4,380 $2,190
90 Block Meal Plan
($100 Dining Dollars)
$2,420 $1,210
75 Block Meal Plan
(No Dining Dollars)
$1,706 $853


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%.