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 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$.

New This Year - Dining Dollar$ Discount

New for Fall 2016 - enjoy a 5% discount at Houston Market, Gourmet Grocer, Mark's Cafe, New College House, McClelland Express, and Accenture Cafe when using your Dining Dollar$.

Need to Know Info

ATTENTION FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS: Freshmen students that do not select a dining plan by June 18, 2016, you will be automatically enrolled in the Best Food Fit (BFF) Plan, our most popular plan. First-Year Transfer and Exchange students will be automatically enrolled in the Best Food Fit plan in mid-August.

If you find you would like to change your dining plan, you may do so from August 30 - September 18, 2016. If you have questions, please contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dining plans are listed by annual price, annual swipes to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls and annual Dining Dollar$. Dining plan contracts are binding for the entire year. Billing is done in the Fall as well as in the Spring. Students receive half of their annual swipes and half of their annual Dining Dollar$ 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, and Falk Kosher Dining). Each time you eat in an on-campus cafe, one swipe is subtracted from your semester swipe allowance.

Dining Dollar$

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), Rick Bayless' Tortas Frontera and the ARCH, Accenture Café, Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in SHDH, and Mark’s Café in Van Pelt Library. 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 via 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 the all-you-care-to-eat option.  The AFK Plan offers 250 meals in the Fall semester and 250 meals in the Spring semester* – which averages out to 16 meals per week. In addition to the balance of meals, this plan comes with $100 Dining Dollar$ per semester to use in our retail locations.

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.

**Note: Freshmen who do not sign up for a dining plan will automatically be enrolled in the BFF plan.

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

Dining Dollar$

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.

Add-On Visits

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.

 
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