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Meal Periods & Prorations

Our team is committed to serving students throughout the year by coordinating the schedules of our various venues to best serve our students. During holidays, University closures and opening periods, our Dining Court schedules are adjusted based on past records and anticipated demand as determined by the Culinary Services team. 

Meal Periods

Culinary Services offers more than just breakfast, lunch and dinner. We understand that student schedules are busier than ever, so we provide 34 opportunities each week for students to spend their meals. Students may spend one meal during each of the meal periods listed below except for those on Flex or Block Meal Plans. There are a total of 5 meal periods each day, Monday through Saturday, and 4 meal periods on Sunday.

  • PERIOD 1: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and Saturday: 8:30 a.m - 10:00 a.m.
  • PERIOD 2: Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • PERIOD 3: Late Lunch: Monday - Friday 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • PERIOD 4: Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • PERIOD 5: Late Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Each dining facility has its own operational hours and may not be open for the duration of each meal period. Please visit our Hours of Operation page for meal times.

Peak dining times are 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. for lunch and 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for dinner.

Meal Plan Prorations: 2019-20 Academic Year

Culinary Services adjusts the costs of residential Meal Plans in anticipation of students' departures during holidays and closure periods when students leave campus and residence halls are closed. Meal Plans will be prorated during any week that is less than 7 days. The number of meals that a student is given will be reduced according to the number days in a shortened meal plan week. Proration reminders are provided via email to all Meal Plan holders. 

Fall Semester Begins

The first day of the meal plan for fall semester 2019 will be lunch on August 22.  Meal plan pro-rated as follows for week of Aug. 18-24:

  • Flex 20 and Standard 20:  8 meals
  • Flex 14 and Standard 14:  5 meals (2.67 days x 2 meals/day)
  • Standard 10: 4 meals (2.67 x 1.43 meals/day)

Thanksgiving

The last meal before Thanksgiving will be lunch on Tuesday, November 26.  Nelson and the District will re-open for dinner on Sunday, December 1.  Meal plan pro-rated as follows for week of Nov. 24-30:

  • Flex 20 and Standard 20:  7 meals
  • Flex 14 and Standard 14:  5 meals (2.67 days x 2 meals/day)
  • Standard 10: 4 meals (2.67 x 1.43 meals/day)

Meal plan pro-rated for week of Dec. 1-7 as follows:

  • Flex 20 and Standard 20:  19 meals
  • Flex 14 and Standard 14:  13 meals (6.67 days x 2 meals/day)
  • Standard 10: 10 meals (6.67 x 1.43 meals/day)

Fall Semester Ends

The last meal for fall semester 2019 will be dinner on Friday, December 13.  Meal plan pro-rated for week of Dec. 8-14 as follows:

  • Flex 20 and Standard 20:  17 meals
  • Flex 14 and Standard 14:  12 meals (6 days x 2 meals/day)
  • Standard 10: 9 meals (6 x 1.43 meals/day)

Spring Semester Begins

The first day of the meal plan for spring semester 2020 will be brunch on Sunday, January 12.  No proration needed.

Spring Break

The last meal before spring break begins will be lunch on Friday, March 6.  The first meal will be lunch on Sunday, March 15.  Meal plan pro-rated as follows week before spring break Mar. 1-7:

  • Flex 20 and Standard 20:  16 meals
  • Flex 14 and Standard 14:  11 meals (5.67 days x 2 meals/day)
  • Standard 10: 8 meals (5.67 x 1.43 meals/day)
  • Meal plans not pro-rated the week after Spring Break as we start with lunch on Sunday, March 15.

Spring Semester Ends

The last meal of spring semester will be dinner on Friday, May 1.  Meal plan pro-rated as follows week of Apr. 26 – May 2:

  • Flex 20 and Standard 20:  17 meals
  • Flex 14 and Standard 14:  12 meals (6 days x 2 meals/day
  • Standard 10: 9 meals (6 x 1.43 meals/day)
  • Flex points expire at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

Summer Sessions Begin

The first meal for summer will be dinner on Sunday, May 10. Meal plan pro-rated as follows week of May 10 – 16:

  • Standard 20:  19 meals
  • Standard 14:  13 meals (6.67 days x 2 meals/day)
  • Standard 10: 10 meals (6.67 x 1.43 meals/day)

Summer Sessions End

  • Last day of meal plan 1st summer session is dinner June 28
  • First day of meal plan 2nd summer session is dinner June 30
  • Last day of meal plan 2nd summer session is dinner August 16