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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 Dollars Discounts

Dining Plan holders will enjoy a 5% discount at Houston Market, Gourmet Grocer, 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 December 1 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, 2020.  (Note: beginning on January 2, 2020, limited retail cafés will be open with modified hours, though January 14.)

Spring 2020 dining plans are valid from January 14-March 6, 2020.

From March 7-14, 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 15 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.


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 22-26), 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 27 - September 17.  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 Dollars for use at any of our Penn Dining locations.

Upperclass and Graduate students can choose between traditional plans that contain both Dining Dollars and swipes or choose a Dining Dollars-only plan. With a Dining Dollars-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 Dollars to their plans at any time throughout the academic year via Campus Express.

Please note: Swipes and Dining Dollars are allocated by semester.  You will receive one-half of the annual amount of swipes and Dining Dollars 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 Dollars 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 27-September 17, 2019.  Students will also have a second opportunity to change their dining plan during the Spring Change Period, which will run from January 14-February 4, 2020.  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:

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


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