As a Penn Graduate or Professional student, you have many choices to make dining on campus easy and convenient for you. You are eligible for the Grad Take Your Pick plan, that allows you to customize your dining plan in a way that will work best for you. You may also choose from any of our Upperclass Plans as well.
Grad Take Your Pick
The Take Your Pick plan offers maximum flexibility, allowing you to select a balance of meal swipes and Dining Dollar$ in a combination that best fits your lifestyle. All Grad Take Your Pick options include a University Club membership. To purchase a dining plan or Grad Take Your Pick plan, log-on to Campus Express using your Pennkey and password and follow the instructions on the site.
Please visit our Dining FAQ section for more information or contact us with any questions - we're here to help make campus life easier for you.
Please Note: Graduate Take Your Pick plans do not include guest swipes. If you wish to take a guest to dine with you, you are able to pay the door rate for the meal period using your Dining Dollar$.
How Do Dining Plans Work?
Use your swipes in any of our all-you-care-to-eat on-campus locations (1920 Commons, Hill College House, English College House, Café at McClelland, and Falk Kosher Dining). Each time you eat in an on-campus café, one swipe is subtracted from your semester allowance.
Dining Dollar$ are funds on your PennCard used to purchase items at any Penn Dining location including our retail offerings: Gourmet Grocer and Starbucks (located in 1920 Commons), Tortas Frontera at the ARCH, Accenture Café, Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in SHDH, and Mark’s Café in Van Pelt Library. Dining Dollar$ can also be used to enter our all-you-care-to-eat locations.
Each time you make a purchase, that amount is subtracted from your Dining Dollar$ account balance. You can add Dining Dollar$ to your PennCard at any time on Campus Express.
Additional Meal Swipes to the all-you-care-to-eat dining cafés or any amount of Dining Dollar$ can be added to your dining plan at any time by logging into your account on Campus Express.
How Do I Know Which Dining Plan is Best for Me?
The students at Penn are diverse and so are our dining plans. With these varying options, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you!
Away From Kitchen (AFK)
This plan is great for the student who enjoys eating three square meals per day. The Away From Kitchen plan comes with 250 visits and $100 Dining Dollar$ in the Fall semester and 295 visits and $50 Dining Dollar$ in the Spring semester.
Balanced Eating Naturally (BEN)
This plan has a good balance of Meals and Dining Dollar$, ideal for students who want larger meals but also want the flexibility offered by having $225 in Dining Dollar$ per semester to grab a snack on the go. On this plan you have approximately 11 meals a week.
Best Food Fit (BFF)
This plan allows for a more flexible schedule, with more Dining Dollar$ and fewer Meals -- approximately 8 per week -- than some of the other options. It works well for students who tend to skip meals or have busy schedules that don't allow time to eat in the dining cafes on a regular basis.
One Meal Works (OMW)
This plan fits the student who wants at least one nutritionally balanced, freshly prepared meal a day (approximately 5 per week) in the dining cafes, but prefers more Dining Dollar$ at Houston Hall or other locations on campus.
Club Activity Plan (CAP)
This plan is great for the student involved in various clubs and activities. The Plan offers the flexibility of the BFF Plan but with fewer meals (approximately 3 per week) and more Dining Dollar$.
Any Time Meals (ATM)
This plan is perfect for the student who enjoys the flexibility of Dining Dollar$. The ATM Plan is comprised entirely of Dining Dollar$ and can be used at any Penn Dining Retail location on campus, including 1920 Retail and Houston Market. Bonus: Dining Dollar$ can be used to purchase a discounted door rate to the all-you-care-to-eat cafe's as well!
Graduate & Undergraduate Take Your Pick (TYP)
With nine different possibilities, these plans are designed for maximum flexibility allowing you to find the dining option that best suits your preferences and schedule.