Frequently Asked Questions:

  • For the Flexible Plan, there is a $1,600 ($800 per semester) plan participation charge. What is this?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 2000, the students of the university, with the support of SGA (Student Government Association), requested a debit meal plan program be put in place.  College Dining "Any/Whatever" meal plans cover operating costs, however, historically, college students on these types of plans do not eat every meal. Again, unused meal funds then cover any dining operating costs. With a debit program, the retail prices are not high enough to cover all operating costs so additional funds are needed. The plan participation charge of $1,600 per year represents these additional funds to balance the UD dining operating budget. Some college/universities refer to this as a fee, while some refer to it as a charge; some call it a program assessment.

  • The plan participation charge for $1600 ($800 per semester) seems so high. Why is that?

    The philosophy of UD Dining Services is to provide as many options as the University can afford for all of the required meal plan customers. Our priority is guest satisfaction! There are culinary- trained chefs in each of the (3) main dining facilities (Kennedy Union, Marycrest, Virginia Kettering). These operations are open for 13-18 hours a day, in addition to offering a wide varity of meal options for students, faculty and staff to choose from. As a result, this requires a large staff as UD's Dining Services is a self- operated food service provider. UD dining strives to generate an annual surplus for current and future capital needs.

  • Why are students in a residence hall required to have a meal plan? 

    The traditional residence halls at the University of Dayton, which house over 2,900 students, do not have fully-equipped kitchens for individual use on a daily basis.  A meal plan requirement associated with a residence hall is considered best practices for most colleges and universities in the US.


  • What do students typically select for a meal plan?

    Since the inception of the debit meal plan program, the Flexible Meal Plan has been the most popular. Roughly, 96.2% of meal plan customers have selected this debit plan.  There are a variety of reasons why the Flexible Meal Plan was chosen, however, studies over the last 20 years show that convenience out weighs everything. UD's Dining Services' research indicates that missing meals daily when on the Standard Meal Plan is a great source of irritation to meal plan customers.


  • What are the advantages & disadvantages of the Standard Plan?

    The Standard Plan operates  as a "use it or lose it" system and is the better value if the student eats all three meals per day, up to the individual meal spending allowance. The meal periods for the Standard Plan run on a clock and one must adapt to the meal times. Historically, many students skip breakfast, in addition, a student's class schedule and extracurricular activities may interfere with scheduled meal times.


  • Can I change my meal plan?

    A student may change his/her meal plan selection during the first two weeks of the term, only. To change a meal plan, call the Dining Services Office (937-229-2441), or stop by the Dining Services Office, located in Room 201 of the Powerhouse.


  • How do I access my meal plan and when does the meal plan start?

    The selected meal plan will be loaded onto the student's FlyerCard (Student ID). Meal Plans will be eligible for use on the first day of the term. Everytime a purchase is made in a Dining Facility, the student will need to present their FlyerCard to the cashier and indicate what meal plan the chasier will need to charge.


  • If I don't use my Flexible Plan, where does the money go?

    At the end of the fall term, any money left on the Flexible Plan is rolled over to the spring term.  A student is still required to purchase a meal plan for the Spring term regardless of rollover dollars.  At the end of the Spring term, any funds left on the Flexible Meal Plan, 50% (maximum of $300), will roll over to the next school year.


  • Many Colleges have All-You-Care-To-Eat dining halls; why doesn't UD dining have one?

    Virginia Kettering opened as a AYCTE dining hall many years ago.  It was well- sought over in the beginning, however, over time, popularity began to dwindle.  Student focus groups revealed perceived quality issues and that students with meal plans dined more frequently in the ala carte operations.  In addition, carryout had become very popular on  UD's campus and offering carryout in a AYCTE location was challenging.  While Marycrest was closed for a major remodel, VWK was converted to an ala carte operation as a temporary solution. Customer feedback proved that this temporary solution just might be a permanent solution. Virginia Kettering had seen more sales for the first time in several years.  In 2012, Virginia Kettering was then converted into two restaurants: Passports and The Grainary.


  • Where can meal plans be used?

    The Standard and Flexible Plans can be used at all UD Dining Facilities, with the exception of: The Jury Box, The Blend/Blend Express, Artstreet Cafe' & Heritage House Coffee Shop.


  • Is The Emporium a grocery store?

    The Emporium is a convenience store with a deli.  The store offers some grocery items, snacks, frozen foods and local favorites.  Pricing is comparable to a convenience store which is typically 25%-30% higher than a grocery store.