Ripon College offers a wide range of flexibility of dining options for students. You will find everything here from delicious freshly made bakery and pastry items, self-service homemade soup and salads and comfort foods (i.e. waffle bar, burgers, fries) to a full range of healthy meals: natural, organic, locally grown (as in “our own garden”), vegetarian, and vegan options – each with readily available nutritional information. In fact, at each meal you will find “Healthy Choice,” a dedicated vegetarian dining platform.
Campus dining is committed to sustainability. In our campus hoop house, we grow our own produce and herbs that go directly to the plant. Each Tuesday, we celebrate “Green Tuesday” and our menus feature locally grown greens and produce. Click here to learn more about our hoop house and our extensive recycling and composting programs.
Throughout the year, we take pride in honoring the cultural heritage and traditions of its community members, and as such, we host frequent special meals, including holidays, historic events, international Fridays and other themed dinners.
All Ripon College students have a meal plan included in room and board costs. Students have the choice between four meal plan options that best fit their lifestyle:
- All Access Dining with $50 in points – this plan is designed to provide unrestricted access to the resident dining hall during hours of operation with a small amount of points for the occasional snack or beverage at other locations. This plan is ideal for incoming first-year students, as well as anyone who desires the security of access for the entire semester as well as the community building benefit of convening with fellow students or faculty over a meal, snack or beverage at the dining commons.
- Block 220 with $150 in points – this plan provides an average of 14 meals per week and is ideal for students who do not regularly eat three meals per day or may eat three meals per day but are not on campus seven days per week. This plan also provides the occasional meal or snack at other locations on campus for variety of choice.
- Block 150 with $450 in points – this plan provides an average of 10 meals per week and is designed for upperclassmen who typically do not eat a traditional breakfast and may not be on campus seven days per week. The Block 150 might also be ideal for upperclassmen or athletes who are looking for more variety of choice in locations to dine possibly due to practice or travel schedules that impede access to certain locations during certain parts of the day. This plan offers about $30 per week in points.
- Block 90 with $1000 in points – this plan provides an average of six meals per week and is designed for upperclassmen who want greater access to meals outside of the dining commons with the freedom and flexibility to choose from a wide range of offers and price ranges throughout campus, but still want the comfort and security of convening with friends in the commons on occasion during the week. This plan provides about $65 per week in points.
Each of the meal plans provide students with ample access to all food options on campus throughout the semester while ensuring nutritional, allergy and other factors are adequately addressed. In essence, our meal plans offer a combination of pre-paid, all-you-care-to-eat meals and flex dollars which can be used to purchase items at any of the campus dining locations. The idea is that you can decide how many traditional sit-down meals you would like in a dining hall setting and how often you’d rather have something quick and on-the-go. Students who are living off campus also have the option to purchase one of these meal plans.
Most of the plans include points, which provides flexible dollars to spend on alternative dining options. Additional points may be added to a student’s meal plan at anytime.
Ripon College offers five distinct dining locations, each offering something different from the next. Hours also vary by location. View the links below for more information.
Pickard Commons Dining Hall
Pickard Commons Dining Hall operates on the idea that students have a plethora of options all in an “all you can eat” style. The Commons Offers a range of types of food from home style meals to ethnic food options. The Commons also caters to all types of diets such as outstanding vegetarian options to health salad bar for all to take advantage of.
Willmore Center Micro Market
Willmore Center Micro Market is located inside the new Willmore Center. It features a selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps and great snacks on the go.
The Spot, formerly known as The Pub, is undergoing a renovation during Summer 2017. When The Spot opens in Fall 2017, it will be a made-to-order fresh pub dining experience with a modern vibe. The Spot will specialize in your favorite off the grill items which are prepared to order. Stop by to enjoy a handmade burger, chicken breast sandwich fresh off the grill, nachos, salads and more.
Common Ground Coffee Shop
The Common Ground Coffee Shop proudly serves Starbucks Coffee and is located in the lower level of Pickard Commons. We offer a wide range of drinks from all types of coffee to tea and also all of people’s favorite Starbuck’s drinks. Stop by for a pick me up in the morning or a satisfying beverage to end the day.
To get started on your Ripon College catering order, please click through to our Flavours by Sodexo web page.