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'53 Commons

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
9:30 pm - 1:30 am

Lunch: Samosa Stuffed with Peppers
Soups: Broccoli Cheddar; Chicken & Roasted Garlic

Novack Cafe

7:30 am to 2:30 pm

Soups: Aztec Bean Chili with Grains; Chicken Noodle Soup

Courtyard Cafe

11:00 am - 12:30 am

Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Dinner: Montreal Steak
Late Night: One Egg Breakfast Wrap
Soup of the Day: Corn Chowder, Lentil
Burger of the Week: Fajita 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 Spring 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?

Why aren't the number of meals in the SmartChoice and BlockChoice plans the same?

 

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?

DBA balances are part of the meal plan can only be used during the term when the meal plan is active, and does not “rollover” into the next term. Dining DBA cannot be used to pay for food to be delivered to or picked up by students after the end of the current term.

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 Spring Term meal plans take effect, and when do they end?

Meal plans are currently active.  Meal plans expire at 12:00 pm on Commencement Sunday (June 8th, 2014).

When do I need to select a meal plan?

If you would like to change your meal plan, please request the change by December 20th.  Requests made after December 20th will be processed in the order in which they were received in January.  Changes processed after the term begins may be prorated for the portion of the term spent on both plans.  No changes will be accepted after 4 pm on January 10th. 

Can I change my meal plan once it is assigned?

The period to request changes ended at 4 PM on March 26th.  No requests for meal plan changes can currently be processed for Spring Term.

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.

Why aren't the number of meals in the SmartChoice and BlockChoice plans the same?

The SmartChoice plans guarantee a specific number of meals per week, ensuring that those on the SmartChoice plans have a guaranteed number of meals available each week, and enabling us to project the volume of demand from week to week throughout the term. As we said last year, the "pre-buy" nature of these plans allows for a discounted meal price. The more you buy, the greater level of discount you get per meal. For the BlockChoice plans, we presume that students will be consuming fewer total meals per term at each level due to travel plans or other factors that might affect the number of meals they want in any given week. In providing the flexibility to use up to 28 meals in one week and none the next, we are adding an element to the system that is less predictable from week to week, and we are reducing the total number of meals you buy at each level. That means that the level of discount you get per meal is lower.

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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: 3/31/14