Graduate Plans

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 Dollars in a combination that best fits your lifestyle. All Grad Take Your Pick options include a University Club membership*.  Annual balances of swipes and Dining Dollars are allotted each semester in half the total amount of swipes and Dining Dollars. 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.

academic year 2019-20 grad plan price table. Grad Take Your Pick 10. Semester cost: $305.  Semester allocation: 10 swipes and 100 Dining Dollars. Annual cost: $610.  Annual allocation: 20 swipes and 200 dining dollars. Grad Take Your Pick 20. Semester cost: $495. Semester allocation: 20 swipes and 100 dining dollars. Annual cost: $990.  Annual allocation: 40 swipes and 200 Dining Dollars. Grad Take Your Pick 25. Semester cost $575. Semester allocation: 25 swipes and 100 dining dollars. Annual cost $1150.  Annual allocation: 50 swipes and 200 dining dollars. Dining plan contracts are binding for the full academic year. Students receive half of the annual swipes and Dining Dollars per semester. Billing is processed in the fall and spring. All Grad Take Your Pick Plans include a University Club at Penn membership. For more information on what the membership includes please visit www.upenn.edu/universityclub

*You must use a University Club Membership card to gain access to the University Club.  Upon purchasing a dining plan, please email bsd-dining@pobox.upenn.edu to receive your University Club Membership Card.

 

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 Dollars.

Dining Dollars Discount

Dining plan holders will continue enjoy a 5% discount at Houston Market, Gourmet Grocer, Mark's Café, Lauder College House Retail, McClelland Express, Joe's Café, and Accenture Café when using your Dining Dollars.

Dining Plan Dates

Fall 2019 Dining Plans will begin on Tuesday, August 27, 2019- the first day of class.

Plans will open on Tuesday, August 27 and can be used through Wednesday, November 27.

All cafés will be closed from November 28-30, 2019.

Cafés will begin to re-open on November 30 evening, and will remain open through December 19, 2019.

Fall 2019 dining plans will end with dinner on December 19, 2019, which will have modified hours to accommodate the last exam schedule.

 

Spring 2020 Dining Plans will begin on Tuesday, January 14, 2019.  (Note: beginning on January 2, 2019, limited retail cafés will be open with modified hours, though January 13.)

Spring 2019 dining plans are valid from January 14-March 7, 2020.

From March 7-15, 2020, 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 Dollars.

Cafés will begin to re-open on March 16 evening, and will remain open through May 12, 2020.

All ACYTE cafés will be closed after May 12, 2020.

All Dining Dollars will expire on Commencement Day, Monday, May 18, 2020.


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

Need to Know Info

If you find you would like to change your dining plan, you may do so from August 28- September 18, 2018. If you have questions, please contact: ceohelp@pobox.upenn.edu.

Dining plans are listed by annual price, annual swipes to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls and annual Dining Dollars. Dining plan contracts are binding for the entire year. Billing is done in the Fall as well as in the Spring. Students receive half of their annual swipes and half of their annual Dining Dollars each semester.

How Do Dining Plans Work?

Semester Allowance

Use your swipes in any of our five all-you-care-to-eat, on-campus cafés (1920 Commons, Hill College House, English College House, Café at McClelland, Lauder College House and Falk Kosher Dining). Each time you eat in an on-campus cafe, one swipe is subtracted from your semester swipe allowance.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars 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), Accenture Café, Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in SHDH, Mark’s Café in Van Pelt Library, Lauder College House Retail and Pret A Manger in Huntsman Hall. Each time you make a purchase, that amount is subtracted from your Dining Dollars account balance. You can add Dining Dollars to your PennCard at any time via Campus Express.

How Do Dining Plans Work?

Semester Allowance

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, Lauder College House and Falk Kosher Dining). Each time you eat in an on-campus café, one swipe is subtracted from your semester allowance.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars 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), Accenture Café, Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in SHDH, Lauder College House Retail and Mark’s Café in Van Pelt Library. Dining Dollars 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 Dollars account balance. You can add Dining Dollars to your PennCard at any time on Campus Express.

Add-On Visits

Additional Meal Swipes to the all-you-care-to-eat dining cafés or any amount of Dining Dollars can be added to your dining plan at any time by logging into your account on Campus Express.

Add-on meal pricing for academic year 2018-2019. Add 15 $258. Add 25 $423. Add 50 $826. Add 75 $1213. Add 100 $1584. Add-on swipes are for the full academic year and are non-refundable.

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 240 visits and $140 Dining Dollars in the Fall semester and 240 visits and $140 Dining Dollars in the Spring semester.

Balanced Eating Naturally (BEN)

This plan has a good balance of Meals and Dining Dollars, ideal for students who want larger meals but also want the flexibility offered by having $225 in Dining Dollars 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 Dollars 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 6 per week) in the dining cafes, but prefers more Dining Dollars 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 Dollars.

Any Time Meal (ATM)

This plan is perfect for the student who enjoys the flexibility of Dining Dollars. The ATM Plan is comprised entirely of Dining Dollars and can be used at any Penn Dining Retail location on campus, including 1920 Retail and Houston Market. Bonus: Dining Dollars 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 six different possibilities, these plans are designed for maximum flexibility allowing you to find the dining option that best suits your preferences and schedule.

 
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