Dining Plans

Penn Dining brings you flavorful, nutritious food and helps create community across campus. Dining plans are valuable to have because they give you easy access to conveniently located, great tasting meal options right on campus. Hang out with your friends and enjoy the array of tastes, fun events and the flexibility that truly makes a dining plan worth having.

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Dining Dollar$ Discounts

Dining Plan holders will enjoy a 5% discount at Houston Market, Gourmet Grocer, Mark's Café, New College House, McClelland Express, Joe's Café, and Accenture Café when using your Dining Dollar$.

Dining Plan Dates

Fall 2018 Dining Plans will begin on Tuesday, August 28, 2018- the first day of class.

Plans will open on Tuesday, August 28 and can be used through Wednesday, November 21.

All cafés will be closed from November 22-24, 2018.

Cafés will begin to re-open on November 25 evening, and will remain open through December 20, 2018.

Fall 2018 dining plans will end with dinner on December 20, 2018, which will have modified hours to accommodate the last exam schedule.


Spring 2019 Dining Plans will begin on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.  (Note: beginning on January 2, 2019, limited retail cafés will be open with modified hours, though January 15.)

Spring 2019 dining plans are valid from January 15-March 1, 2019.

From March 2-9, 2018, all AYCTE cafés will be closed for Spring Break.  Some retail cafés will be open during this time, at which you can use your Dining Dollar$.

Cafés will begin to re-open on March 10 evening, and will remain open through May 14, 2019.

All ACYTE cafés will be closed after May 14, 2019.

All Dining Dollar$ will expire on Commencement Day, Monday, May 20, 2019.


Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break Meals

Our operations are closed over Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break, as outlined above.  If you are a student with high financial need and will need meals over the Thanksgiving, Winter, and/or Spring Breaks, please contact your financial aid counselor.

Please see the Hours of Operation for the most up-to-date hours of operation.

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Need to Know Info

New students (freshman, transfer, and exchange) arriving for NSO are provided with most meals through an NSO Dining Plan (August 23-27), which is part of the New Student Orientation experience.

All students on a Dining Plan have the option to change their plan during the first 3 weeks of classes- August 28 - September 18.  Dining Plans can only be changed one time per semester.

All First-Year dining plans provide a specific quantity of swipes to the all-you-care-to-eat (AYCTE) cafés for the semester. These can be used at any time during available meal periods. All plans also include Dining Dollar$ for use at any of our Penn Dining locations.

Upperclass and Graduate students can choose between traditional plans that contain both Dining Dollar$ and swipes or choose a Dining Dollar$-only plan. With a Dining Dollar$-only plan, you can still dine at the all-you-care-to-eat cafés at a discounted rate.

Students can enroll in a dining plan or add visits or Dining Dollar$ to their plans at any time throughout the academic year via Campus Express.

Please note: Swipes and Dining Dollar$ are allocated by semester.  You will receive one-half of the annual amount of swipes and Dining Dollar$ in the Fall, and the other half in the Spring.

Unused meal swipes do not carry over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester. Dining Dollar$ will roll over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester, but not from one academic year to the next.

Cancellation and Change Policy

Cancellations are not permitted unless you are leaving the University for one of the following reasons: Leave of Absence, Withdrawal, Study Abroad, Graduation, or Fall Exchange Students (cancellation for Spring semester only).

All students will have the opportunity to log into Campus Express and make one change to their dining plan during the Fall Change Period.  The Fall Change period will run from August 28-September 18, 2018.  Students will also have a second opportunity to change their dining plan during the Spring Change Period, which will run from January 15-February 5, 2019.  Please note: any additional charge or refund due as the result of a dining plan change will be based on the current rates regardless of whether the initial sign-up was during a promotional period. If you have questions, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The dining program is not affiliated with any decision concerning financial aid to students. We cannot consider any financial matter as an acceptable reason for requesting a meal plan cancellation.

If you have more questions about dining plans, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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