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7:30 am - 10:30 am   Breakfast
11:00 am - 3:00 pm   Lunch
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm     Dinner 

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Collis Cafe

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Lunch: Three Sister Stew
Soups: Curried Tofu Noodle; Chicken & Dumpling

Novack Cafe

24 Hours

Soups: Cream of Broccoli; Italian Wedding

Courtyard Cafe

11:00 am - 12:30 am

Lunch: Chicken Bowl
Dinner: Carved Turkey, Mashed Potato, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce & Roll
Late Night: Cheese Queso with Salsa
Soup of the Day: Lentil; Chicken Pot Pie
Burger of the Week: Patty Melt Burger

 

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Meal Plans and Dining

Meal Plan Questions   Collis, Courtyard,
and Novack Cafés
Collis Market  

How many opportunities each week do I have to use my meal plan?

Can I use more than one meal (swipe) during a single meal period?

What is a “swipe?”

What if I want to have a guest join me for a meal?

What times are Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night meal periods?

What times are the DDS meal venues open?

How does “meal exchange” work?

What is the a la carte meal exchange value?

Does Flex DBA “Rollover” from one term to the next?

If I don’t use all my swipes (meals) do I get them back or can I give them to someone else?

Why is the ’53 Commons “door price” different from the meal exchange value? Where do my “extra” meals go?

When do the Summer Term meal plans take effect, and when do they end?

When do I need to select a meal plan?

Can I change my meal plan once it is assigned?

How can I change my meal plan?

How does the BlockChoice plan work?

 

Collis, Courtyard, and Novack Cafés


How do I pay for meals at Collis, Courtyard, and Novack?

What is the a la carte meal exchange value of a swipe?

What if I want to spend more than the swipe meal exchange value on a meal?

Why isn’t the swipe meal exchange value the same as the 53 Commons “door price?"

 

Collis Market


What will be available at Collis Maket?

Can I use DBA at Collis Market?

 


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Meal Plan Questions


How many opportunities each week do I have to use my meals?

Every day there are four opportunities to use your plan meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night to use your plan meals — a total of 28 opportunities each week.

Can I use more than one meal (swipe) during a single meal period?

You can only use one plan meal during a meal time slot.

What is a “swipe?”

Your Dartmouth I.D. will be “pre-loaded” with whichever number of plan meals you have signed up for. In most similar systems a plan meal is commonly referred to as a “swipe,” meaning you hand your I.D. to the cashier and they swipe it through the card reader where upon you have now paid for your meal.

What if I want to have a guest join me for a meal?

You may use DBA or any other standard forms of payment to bring a guest, but you cannot give the guest your card to use.

What times are Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night meal periods?

The meal periods are:

Breakfast from 7:00 am to 10:59 am
Lunch from 11:00 am to 3:59 pm
Dinner from 4:00 pm to 8:59 pm
Late Night from 9:00 pm to closing time for venues that are open late.

Please note: These are not the hours of operation for any specific dining venue, these are times when the amount a meal exchange is worth changes, and the periods in which you can only use one swipe.

What times are the DDS meal venues open?

 

These are standard hours of operation, but times will vary during some special weeks (holidays, beginning and end of term etc). Check the main DDS Page or the Daily Specials for changes to the regular schedule.

How does “meal exchange” work?

A swipe (plan meal) can be used at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night. If you decide you want to have lunch at Collis, you can use a meal exchange in two different ways. You can decide to get the meal-of-the-day, which is a package of popular favorite items (e.g. pasta, side, and a drink), or you can pick items a la carte up to the meal exchange rate for that time of day and use Flex DBA, charge or cash to cover any selections over the meal exchange value.  Make sure to tell the cashier that you wish to use a meal exchange before your transaction.

What is the a la carte meal exchange value?

$5.25 for breakfast or late night, $7.75 for lunch/brunch, and $10.00 for dinner.

Does Dining DBA “Rollover” from one term to the next?

Up to 100 dollars of DBA can rollover to the next term within the same academic year.  DBA carried forward from a previous term will be available during subsequent academic terms as an addition to the meal plan. Any amount of DBA carried forward will not alter any meal plan pricing or requirements. Any unspent DBA will expire with the end of spring term meal plans on Commencement Sunday.

Any DBA rolled over from a previous term will be available anytime meal plans are active, including during leave terms. Unused DBA from a leave term will continue to roll forward until the end of the academic year. All unused DBA expires on Commencement Sunday regardless of spring term enrollment.

For example: a student has $105 in DBA left at the end of summer term. $100 would rollover and be added to the DBA included with the fall term dining plan. The same student then ends fall term with $75 in DBA and is not taking classes or living on campus during winter term. This student would have $75 of DBA available during the leave term for visits to campus. If the student does not use any of the $75 during the winter term, that $75 would again rollover to the spring term meal plan. If that student had any DBA left at the end of spring term, it would expire on Commencement Sunday.

If I don’t use all my swipes (meals) do I get them back or can I give them to someone else? Why is the ’53 Commons “door price” different from the meal exchange value? Where do my “extra” meals go?

Dartmouth’s new plans are based on national best practices, and specific experiences in the dining programs at other Ivy League schools. One of the economic foundations of a “Pre-Buy” meal plan like ours is that you get a discounted meal price based on the fact that you are pre-paying for meals and Flex DBA. The more you buy the greater the level of discount you get. The total potential value of meals and the total amount of DBA on each plan is higher than the actual cost of the plan. One way of looking at this is that you have the potential to consume more meals and buy more food than you have actually paid for. The balancing part of that equation based on experience at other colleges, is students do not use every penny, and this is built into the pricing system. Regardless, the pricing is designed to provide a great value even if you don’t use every bit of your plan’s capacity.

When do the Fall Term dining plans take effect, and when do they end?

Dining plans begin on Saturday, September 13th.  Meal plans expire at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, November 26th.

When do I need to select a meal plan?

FALL TERM:  Fall term dining plans changes should be requested prior to 4 PM on September 8th.

Can I change my meal plan once it is assigned?

Fall Term dining plan changes should be requested prior to 4 PM on Monday, September 8th. Any changes requested after 4 pm on September 8th will be processed in the order in which they are received. Changes processed after the beginning of the term may be prorated according to the portion of the term spent on each dining plan.

No dining plan changes can be made after 4 PM on Wednesday, September 17th.

How can I change my meal plan?

Requests to change your plan should be made online by going to the Dartmouth Card Office website.  Requests are processed by hand and may not appear in your account for several days.

How does the BlockChoice plan work?

The BlockChoice options give students additional flexibility to spread their total number of meals throughout the term. As an alternative to the SmartChoice guaranteed number of meals per week, the BlockChoice options give you the ability to use up to 28 meals one week and 0 the next, up to the total number of meals provided per term in the plan you select. Meals are available under both plans from the beginning of the term through the last day of exams.

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Collis, Courtyard, and Novack Cafés


How do I pay for meals at Collis, Courtyard, and Novack?

You can use a swipe (plan meal) to buy the “meal-of-the-day” through meal exchange, or buy your food a la carte. Meals of the day will vary and will feature the venue’s most popular menu items (like the daily lunch special and stir frys at Collis). You can also use a meal exchange amount to select items a la carte, or make a la carte purchases with Flex DBA, Dartmouth Student Charge, DASH discretionary, cash, credit card, departmental charge, or an employee charge. Please note that credit card purchases may be subject to a minimum.

What is the a la carte meal exchange value of a swipe?

$5.25 for breakfast or late night, $7.75 for lunch/brunch, and $10.00 for dinner.

What if I want to spend more than the swipe meal exchange value on a meal?

You can use Flex DBA, Dartmouth Student Charge, DASH discretionary, cash, or a credit card to pay the balance of your meal over the meal exchange value.

Why isn’t the swipe meal exchange value the same as the 53 Commons “door price”?

The short answer is that you don’t pay the full “door price” at ’53 Commons, so paying out that much in meal exchange wouldn’t work. Why is that? Dartmouth’s new plans are based on national best practices, and specific experiences in the dining programs at other Ivy League schools. One of the economic foundations of a “Pre-Buy” meal plan like ours is that you get a discounted meal price based on the fact that you are pre-paying for meals and Flex DBA. The more you buy the greater the level of discount you get. The total potential value of meals and the total amount of DBA on each plan is higher than the actual cost of the plan. One way of looking at this is that you have the potential to consume more meals and buy more food than you have actually paid for. The balancing part of that equation based on experience at other colleges, is students do not use every penny, and this is built into the pricing system. Regardless the pricing is designed to provide a great value even if you don’t use every bit of your plan’s capacity.

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Collis Market


What will be available at Collis Market?

Collis Market  will continue to provide the grocery items that students buy most. Adjusting the payment method to DASH discretionary, Dartmouth charges, cash and credit cards allows us to support more affordable pricing.

Can I use my DBA at Collis Market?

Flex DBA cannot be used to make market purchases. Collis Market will accept DASH discretionary, Dartmouth charges, cash and credit cards. Limiting it to these payment method allows us to support more affordable pricing.


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Last Updated: 8/21/14