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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 Pioneer College Caterers.

Beyond catering the meals on campus, Pioneer also offers family and friends the ability to order special treats for birthdays, holidays, or other special occasions in a student’s life. Browse the special order page to order birthday cakes, cookies, fruit, or care packages.

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).


During the academic year, you may view the current menu online here.

Meal Times

The Dining Center has food available all-day, every weekday, from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., with limited weekend hours. Traditional meal times include expansive menu selections, while lighter menu items continue to be available between meals. Made-to-order grill options remain available into the late night hours.

Cafeteria hours

Times when the dining schedule is modified (such as immediately prior to breaks, over three-day weekends, or other special events) will be published in advance so that students are aware of the schedule change. The first meal after any vacation will be served on the evening before classes begin.

More information about Dining Services and related policy can be found on the Dining Services page and the Campus Life section of the Student Guidebook.

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. Manage your meal plan online or 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.

$2,140 per semester (2021-22 Academic Year)

Five Meal Per Week Plan

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

COST: $700 per semester  (2021-22 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, or they may be purchased online. With Flex Dollar purchases of $25 or more in a single transaction, a 10% credit will be given. For example, a $30 purchase would add 33 Flex Dollars to the student’s account. The Flex Dollar account option is not available for resident students.

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 2021):

  • 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