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Resident Meal Plans

In order to meet your campus dining needs, we have designed the following meal plans for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you need to purchase a meal plan, or if you would like to make a change to the plan you have already selected, simply contact the business office.

  • Full Value 20 Plus
    Our best value meal plan. This traditional plan provides students personal access to the Commons for each of our 20 meals per week. Plus, students receive $50 in Beaver Bucks each semester. You don't have to worry about keeping track of your meals and you will always have three meals a day and two on Sunday. Cost: $2,614 per semester

  • Premier 15 Plus
    This dining option offers more flexibility by allowing students any 15 meals per week in the Commons. Plus, students receive $100 in Beaver Bucks per semester. Cost: $2,511 per semester

  • Basic 10 Plus
    This plan provides students access to any 10 meals per week in the Commons. Plus, students receive $150 in Beaver Bucks each semester. This plan is only available for upperclass students. Cost: $2,409 per semester

  • Commuter 5 Plus
    This plan provides commuting students with the option of 5 meals per week in the Commons. Plus, commuting students receive $100 in Beaver Bucks that can be used for purchases in Bob's Place or additional meals in the Commons. This plan is only available for commuting students. Cost: $950 per semester

Meal Exchange

The meal exchange program is offered with all meal plans. This convenient, flexible option will allow you to use your dining plan in exchange for a meal in Bob's Place, Monday through Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.

General Meal Plan Information

Meals are offered on a per week basis and do not roll over from week to week. The meal week runs from Monday breakfast through Sunday dinner. Students are permitted to use available meals on their meal plans for family, friends or guests to eat in the Commons. This option is not available for meal exchange in Bob's Place. Only 2 meals are served on Sunday.

Residential students who do not select a meal plan during the room draw process or during summer orientation will have the Premier 15 Plus plan selected for them. Changes must be made BEFORE the start of classes.
First year students must select between the Full Value 20 Plus or the Premier 15 Plus meal plans for the fall semester. First year students may select the Basic 10 Plus meal plan beginning in the spring semester. Changes must be made BEFORE the start of classes spring semester.

Meal Plan Selection

Returning students will select their meal plan during the room draw process in April. Returning residential students who do not select a meal plan during the room draw process will have the Premier 15 Plus plan selected for them. New students will be able to select their meal plan during their summer orientation session. Commuting students and students who do not select meal plans at summer orientation may do so at the business office. This should be done prior to the first day of classes.

Meal Plan Changes

Students may change meal plans for the upcoming semester at any time prior to the start of classes for that semester. A student may not change plans for a current semester. Students should notify the business office of any meal plan changes. Dining services will then be notified of the change. Exceptions to this policy can only be made by the dean of students.

Meal plan change requests may be e-mailed to the One Card Office at mealplans@bluffton.edu. Requests should contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Class Status
  • Student ID Number(for verification purposes)
  • Current Meal Plan
  • New Meal Plan
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Meal Plan Cancellation

Meal Plans may only be cancelled when a student withdraws from the university or at the request of the dean of students.

Selection of a Campus Dining Services Meal Plan entitles you to a Meal Card, which allows you purchasing power equivalent to the plan you have selected. Here is how it works: (enter in your text.)

Lost or Stolen Meal Cards

Lost or stolen Meal Cards can be replaced. Students who lose their ID card should report the loss to the One Card Office (Technology Center - ext. 3459) or the business office. Persons needing an ID card should go to the technology center front desk. The replacement cost for a new card is $10. Should a card be lost when the One Card Office or business office is closed, students may report it to dining services. Dining services can issue a temporary card for meals. Any meals taken on a temporary card that are in addition to those allowed by your meal plan will be deducted from your Beaver Bucks account or charged to your account at the casual rate.

Bluffton University is not responsible for any loss, theft of misuse of the ID card. It is the student's responsibility and should be safe guarded at all times.

Dietary Needs

Do you have particular dietary needs? Please let us know. Our Campus Dining Services Program can accommodate your special dietary requirements. For more information, please contact dining@bluffton.edu or call (419) 358-3212.

Policies & Procedures

One of our main goals is to provide a pleasant, clean, comfortable and satisfying dining experience. In order to meet this goal, we ask for your assistance with the following procedures:

  • Please bus your dishes and disposables from your table when you have finished dining
  • Please refrain from taking food, dishes or utensils from the dining area.
  • Remember that meal cards are non-transferable. Meal cards cannot be used by anyone but the purchaser.
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