Dining Plan Information


Student Dining Plan Requirements

Any enrolled or leave term student residing in housing coordinated by the Undergraduate Housing Office* (which includes all undergraduate residence halls and apartments, affinity/special interest programs, and College or privately owned GLO and undergraduate society facilities) must participate in a College dining plan at a level no smaller than the "SmartChoice5" or "Convenience45" plans (or their equivalent).

Any enrolled students who are not residing in housing coordinated by the Undergraduate Housing Office must participate in a College dining plan at a level no smaller than the "SmartChoiceOC" plan (or its equivalent), unless that student is participating in a semester off-campus program.

First-year students must participate in either the "SmartChoice20" or the "BlockChoice160" dining plan (or their equivalent) during their first semester at Dartmouth. After their first semester, first-year students are subject to the same dining plan requirements as upper-class students.


[*The Undergraduate Housing Office refers to the Office of Residential Life.]

Please keep these guidelines in mind when selecting your preferred dining plan.

13-14 meal plans


Who needs to submit a dining plan change request form?

You should submit a change request form if...

     ...the dining plan billed to your student account does not reflect the one you would prefer.

     ...your D-Plan status has changed since the dining plan billing was posted.

     ...your housing situation has changed with ORL and you are now required to have a dining plan no smaller than the SmartChoice5 or BlockChoice45.

     ...your housing situation has changed with ORL and you are now able and would like to have the SmartChoiceOC.

     ...you are on a Leave Term, but are residing in college housing. 

A Note about Off-Campus Meal Plans:

Only students living off campus as defined in the Student Handbook may select the SmartChoiceOC.  Meal plan assignments are not based on housing status.  If you are living off campus and wish to have the SmartChoiceOC meal plan, please request to have your meal plan changed.

How do I have my dining plan removed now that I am in an off-campus program?

The Dartmouth Card Office is not notified when D-Plan status’ change.  If you are participating in an off-campus program, or will be on a leave term not on campus, and will not require a dining plan, please email the Dartmouth Card Office so that we can look into your situation and make the necessary adjustment.

Where can I see what dining plan I am on?

Before the start of term, you can view the billing for your term dining plan on your Banner Student or D-Pay account.  Once the term has begun, you can view your use of your active dining plan on ManageMyID or Banner Student.

When does the billing adjustment take effect?

The billing adjustments are effective when they are posted to the student's account.  The adjustment may not be visible at first as it may take 1-2 days to populate through the system.  Make sure that you are checking the "recent activity" of your D-Pay or Banner Student account to view the most up-to-date information.

What is a "Prorate"?

A prorate is applied to the cost of the dining plan if the request is processed after the start of term.  This prorate is applied due to the fact that the student has had opportunity to use a portion of their former dining plan, thus changing the value of the adjustment between plans.  The prorate is a calculation of the dining plan cost adjustment based on the number of days the student was on their former dining plan. 

Click here to submit a dining plan change request form.




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