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Dining Center and Meal Plans

When it comes to food, we realize that variety, quality, quantity and nutrition are important to today’s college student. To meet these culinary needs, Bethany contracts its dining services with the nationally-recognized Sodexo.

Dining Center

The Dining Center, located in Old Main, is a buffet-style establishment that provides a wide selection of meal options including: a made-to-order grill, rotisserie station, a main buffet line with daily features, a salad bar, cereal bar, sandwich bar, pizza and soup stations, and multiple beverage dispensers. The predominant meal plan available to students grants continuous and unlimited daily access to the Dining Center.  Students have access to the Dining Center through a variety of meal plan options (see Meal Plans below).

Meal Plans

To best meet students’ needs, Bethany’s Dining Services is committed to offering quality meals that satisfy a wide variety of tastes and dietary requirements.

Eligible students may opt for a different meal plan up through the tenth day of classes each semester. Email Residential Life if you wish to make changes to your meal plan.

Students MUST bring their Bethany Student ID card (or a valid temporary ID) to all meals.

Unlimited Meal Plan

This plan gives students continuous access to the Dining Center during the hours of operation. This plan is required for all residential students who live in a standard room. It is also available to students in on-campus apartments and non-resident students.

$2,150 per semester (2022-23 Academic Year)

Five Meal Per Week Plan

This plan gives students five meals per week, approximately 88 meals per semester. This plan (or a larger plan) is required for students who live in on-campus apartments. It is also available to non-resident students. This plan is not available to resident students who live in a standard room.

COST: $700 per semester  (2022-23 Academic Year)

Flex Dollar Account for Non-Resident Students

Flex dollar accounts are a way for non-resident students to pay for individual meals without using cash for each visit. Students carry a Flex Dollar balance on their ID card; at each meal taken, the cost of the meal is deducted from the balance. Flex Dollars are purchased directly from the food service cashier as needed. With Flex Dollar purchased in the amount between $1 and $99 in a single transaction, a 10% credit will be given, or if the purchase of Flex Dollars is greater than $100 in a single transaction, a 20% bonus credit will be given. For example, a $30 purchase would add a $3 bonus credit for a total of $33 Flex Dollars to the student’s account.

Unused Flex Dollars

Unused Flex Dollars will not roll over from fall semester to spring semester. Any unused Flex Dollars at the end of each spring semester will be forfeited. The Flex Dollar account option is not available for resident students. (updated 7/22)

Individual Meal Costs

Individuals not on a meal plan, including guests and visitors, may purchase meals in the Dining Center at the following rates (as of August 2022):

  • Breakfast – $6.50
  • Lunch/Brunch/Sunday Evening – $7.50
  • Dinner/Sunday Brunch – $8.00
  • Steak Night/Specials – $9.00
  • Late Night – $7.50


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Viking Village

The Viking Village, located on the ground floor of Old Main, is a place to relax with friends, study, watch TV, or play games such