Dining Plan Comparison

There are 3 sets of Dining plans available to Columbia University students.

The first is available to first-year students only, specifically designed to encourage community building among new undergraduate students. All first-years are required to enroll in one of three Dining plans.  Each plan is comprised of a different number of meals that are available for use at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, or JJ's Place, as well as a varied amount of Dining Dollars that can be used at the 12 dining locations on campus.

Columbia Dining also has an additional option in First-Year Meal Plans. Plan 3 – the “Flex” Plan – reduces the number of Dining Dollars to $25 and instead includes $50 in Flex. Flex will roll over year to year if unused. Plan 3 provides those students on campus during breaks (Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring) with the option to purchase food off campus via Flex when Columbia Dining units are closed.

  First-Year Dining Plans
Plan 1 19 meals per week and 75 Dining Dollars per term, plus 15 floating meals and 6 Faculty to be used at any residential dining location.
Plan 2 15 meals per week and 125 Dining Dollars per term, plus 10 floating meals and 6 Faculty meals to be used at any residential dining location.
Plan 3 "Flex" 19 meals per week, $50 Flex and 25 Dining Dollars per term, plus 15 floating meals and 6 Faculty meals to be used at any residential dining location.

For our upperclass, General Studies and graduate students, we also offer four Dining plans, comprised of a varying number of meals to enjoy at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, and JJ's Place. Dining Dollars can be used at any of the 12 on-campus dining locations.

  Upperclass, GS and Graduate Student Dining Plans
Plan A 14 meals per week and 200 Dining Dollars per term, plus 15 floating meals and 6 Faculty meals to be used at any residential dining location.
Plan B 175 meals and 200 Dining Dollars per term, plus 6 guest meals to be used at any residential dining location.
Plan C 100 meals and 125 Dining Dollars per term, plus 4 guest meals to be used at any residential dining location.
Plan D 75 meals and 75 Dining Dollars per term, plus 2 guest meals to be used at any residential dining location.

Finally, we offer both Kosher and Halal Dining plans.  Any student who participates in either the first-year Dining plan or the upperclass, General Studies, and graduate student Dining plan can elect to enroll. Participation in these plan allows students access to the restricted Kosher and Halal areas within John Jay Dining Hall.

Plan-to-Plan Comparison

  FIRST-YEAR CC/SEAS UPPERCLASS, GS & GRADUATE COLUMBIA KOSHER*
Who Can Use It? First-Year CC/SEAS students only All CC/SEAS upperclass students; all GS and graduate students All students who participate in a Dining plan
What Are the Options?

2014-15
Plan 1: 19 meals per week and 75 Dining Dollars, plus 15 floating meals and 6 faculty meals

Plan 2: 15 meals per week and 125 Dining Dollars, plus 10 floating meals and 6 faculty meals

Plan 3 Flex: 19 meals per week, $50 Flex and 25 Dining Dollars per term, plus 15 floating meals and 6 Faculty meals

2014-15
Plan A: 14 meals per week and 200 Dining Dollars, plus 15 floating meals and 6 faculty meals

Plan B: 175 meals and 200 Dining Dollars, plus 6 guest meals

Plan C: 100 meals and 125 Dining Dollars, plus 4 guest meals

Plan D: 75 meals and 75 Dining Dollars, plus 2 guest meals
All Dining plans in both the First-Year or Upperclass sections are available Kosher.
Where Can I Use It? Meals are for dining at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, and JJ's Place.

Dining Dollars can be used at any of the 12 on-campus dining locations.
Meals are for dining at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, and JJ's Place. 

Dining Dollars can be used at any of the 12 on-campus dining locations.
The Kosher area within John Jay Dining Hall (restricted to only those participating in the plan).

CU Kosher meals can also be exchanged with an additional $4.00 for a Kosher meal at Barnard's Hewitt Hall (Kosher to Kosher only).
When Does It Expire? Meals expire each week. Dining Dollars roll over from year to year. Plan sign-up is for the entire academic year. Changes to your plan can be made from August 27-September 10 for a $25 fee. Cancellations are not accepted. Plan A meals expire each week. Plan B, C, & D meals expire at the end of the academic year. Dining Dollars roll over from year to year until you graduate.Plan sign-up is for the entire academic year. Changes to your plan can be made from August 27-September 10 for a $25 fee. Cancellations are not accepted. Each term for first years. At the end of the academic year for others. Plan sign-up is for the entire academic year.
How Much Does It Cost?

2014-15 costs:
All plans are $2,507 per term.

First-Years can also sign up for a Kosher plan for an additional 10% cost, $2757.50 per term.

Plan sign-up is for the entire academic year. 

2014-15 costs:
Plan A: $2,210 per term
Plan B: $2,050 per term
Plan C: $1,298 per term
Plan D: $997 per term

Plan sign-up is for the entire academic year. 

2014-15 costs:
Plan A: $2,431 per term
Plan B: $2,255 per term
Plan C: $1,428per term
Plan D: $1,097 per term

Plan sign-up is for the entire academic year. 

 

*Columbia students can also elect to enroll in Barnard College's Kosher dining plan, a more comprehensive plan that provides 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. High quality food, including freshly-made pizza and a great salad bar, is conveniently located in Barnard's main dining facility, Hewitt Hall. Both Barnard and Columbia students can enjoy their meals in comfort with the rest of the student population. The Kosher Dining Plan is strictly supervised k'halakhah by the Columbia/Barnard Hillel Rabbi. Additionally, the Barnard Kosher Dining Plan provides a homey atmosphere for Shabbat, Yom Tov, and other festive occasions. For more information, please contact Barnard Dining Services.

 

First-Year CC/SEAS Dining Plans Upperclass, GS, and Graduate Dining Plans Columbia University Kosher and Halal Dining Plans*
Who Can Use It?  First-year CC/SEAS students only All CC/SEAS upperclass students, and all General Studies and graduate students All students who participate in a Dining Plan, both first-years and upperclass, General Studies, or graduate students
What Are The Options?

2011-2012

Plan One = 19 meals per week and 75 Dining Dollars per term, plus 15 floating meals and 6 Faculty meals

Plan Two = 15 meals per week and 125 Dining Dollars each term, plus 10 floating meals and 6 Faculty meals

2011-2012

Plan A = 14 meals per week and 200 Dining Dollars per term, plus 15 floating meals and 6 Faculty meals

Plan B = 175 meals and 200 Dining Dollars per term, plus 6 guest meals

Plan C = 100 meals and 125 Dining Dollars per term, plus 4 guest meals

Plan D = 75 meals and 75 Dining Dollars per term, plus 2 guest meals 

Select a Dining Plan from either the First-Year Dining Plan or the Upperclass Dining Plan options, according to your student status; then elect to enroll in either the Kosher Dining Plan or Halal Dining Plan, which will allow access to a restricted area within John Jay Dining Hall
Where Can I Use It? Meals are for dining at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, or JJ's Place while Dining Dollars can be used at any of the 12 on-campus dining locations Meals are for dining at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, or JJ's Place while Dining Dollars can be used at any of the 12 on-campus dining locations 

The kosher or halal area within John Jay Dining Hall (restricted to only those participating in the particular plans) 

CU kosher meals can also be exchanged with an additional $4.00 for a kosher meal at Barnard’s Hewitt Hall (kosher to kosher only).

Halal meals are only offered in John Jay Dining Hall.

When Does It Expire?  Meals expire each week, Dining Dollars roll over from year to year (sign-up is for the entire academic year). Changes to the dining plan only can be made during the first two weeks of the fall term and during the first two weeks of the spring term for a $25 fee. Plan A meals expire each week. Plan B, C, D meals expire at the end of the academic year. Dining Dollars roll over from year to year until graduation. Changes to the dining plan can be made during the first two weeks of the fall term and during the first week of the spring term for a $25 fee. Each term for first years, at the end of the academic year for others (sign-up is for the entire academic year)
How Much Does It Cost?

2011-2012 costs:

$2,294 per term (both plans are the same cost) for the 2011-2012 academic year.

First-years can also sign up for a Kosher Dining Plan for an additional 10% cost.

2011-2012 costs:

Plan A = $2,100 per term

Plan B = $1,975 per term

Plan C = $1,225 per term

Plan D = $945 per term

2011-2012 costs:

Plan A = $2,310 per term

Plan B = $2,172 per term

Plan C = $1,348 per term

Plan D = $1,040 per term

Halal is the same price as the traditional meal plan.

How Do I Get It? Available online. (Done in conjunction with first-year housing selection. Changes (during the specified times) can be made by visiting the Dining Customer Service Center in 125 Wallach Hall.  Visit the Dining Customer Service Center in 125 Wallach Hall (enrollment allowed at any point throughout the term) Visit the Dining Customer Service Center in 125 Wallach Hall (enrollment allowed at any point throughout the term)

*Columbia students can also elect to enroll in Barnard College's kosherdining plan, a more comprehensive plan that provides 3 meals a day, 7days a week. High quality food, including freshly-made pizza and agreat salad bar, is conveniently located in Barnard's main diningfacility, Hewitt Hall. Both Barnard and Columbia students can enjoytheir meals in comfort with the rest of the student population. TheKosher dining plan is strictly supervised k'halakhah by theColumbia/Barnard Hillel Rabbi. Additionally, the Barnard Kosher DiningPlan provides a homey atmosphere for Shabbat, Yom Tov, and otherfestive occasions. For more information, please contact Barnard Dining Services.