Articles: Dining Halls

Start with an understanding of campus culture, stir in a strong sense of community, blend in a brand new dining facility and dining program, season with an educational component, and simmer for a sensory delight that will satisfy the hardiest appetite.

Public Institution Winner:

Virginia Commonwealth University

Total full-time enrollment: 27,000

Institution type: Four-year public

Total number of campus dining facilities (includes any facility serving food; please explain). 23 - 1 residential, 2 c-stores, 20 retail locations including Chili's, Subway, Quiznos and McDonald's

Small/Medium Institution Winner:

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Strategic placement of food and beverage stations and a roomy servery keep things moving.

Every six months, Babson dining staff go through a training that teachers them how to "wow" their guests.

Elon University (N.C.)

Brown & Co. is another campus dining option for Elon students.

Gettysburg College (Pa.)

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Managers can regularly be found sitting in the student dining area at Gettysburg to solicit comments.

Signs explaining the origin of local foods help NYU students make informed choices.

Shippensburg University (Pa.)

An L-shaped dining area maximizes the views of Shippensburg's campus.

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (Pa.)

Slippery Rock diners also have a quick take-out option.

Trine University (Ind.)

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Each of our 65 entries was evaluated, using a point system for each response, by at least four members of the University Business team and one external judge, with similar-sized institutions grouped together.

Questions covered:

1. A variety of table sizes and styles?from bar stools to tables fit for a team and everything in between.

2. Comfortable seating?perhaps choosing sprung-back chairs, as the College of the Ozarks (Mo.) did.

3. Detached food stations?to avoid long lines building up.

4. Exhibition-style cooking?both entertaining and an excellent chance to get students and chefs talking.

1. Personalized d?cor?featuring a campus mural, as at Georgetown University (D.C.), or student artwork, as at Winthrop University (S.C.), the University of Southern California and Norwich University (Vt.). Georgetown’s mural includes university founder John Carroll, a classroom scene, university sports, D.C. memorials overlooking the Potomac River, a graduation scene, and the university seal.... Read more>>

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Made-from-scratch recipes help Trine's dining services to minimize its carbon imprint.