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Dining Options Explained!

Shane O'Shea on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Dining, Student Life

Meals are definitely an important part of college, and choosing a proper meal plan to fit your college life is definitely a good idea! As a freshman at RIT, you have three types of meal plans that you can choose from. We have the Tiger 10, Tiger 14, and Tiger 20.

Each are quite similar, consisting of a specified amount of meals at our main dining hall, Gracie’s, a specified amount of meal exchanges to use at any of our other dining locations on campus. Each also contains a specified amount of food debit (aka "Dining Dollars") to use for smaller purchases where a whole meal isn’t necessary. Meal exchanges equate to a purchase of $8 in food. A quick breakdown of the meal options is below:

Tiger 10

Total Cost per semester: $2,645

Total Dining Dollars per semester: $725

Total Meals per Week: 10

Total Gracie’s Meals per Week: 5

Total Exchanges per Week: upt to 5

Tiger 14

Total Cost per semester: $2,762

Total Dining Dollars per semester: $525

Total Meals per Week: 14

Total Gracie’s Meals per Week: 8

Total Exchanges per Week: up tp 6

Tiger 20

Total Cost per semester: $2,879

Total Dining Dollars per semester: $325

Total Meals per Week: 20

Total Meals at Gracie's: 13

Total Exchanges per Week: up to 7

 

I personally found the Tiger 10 to fit my needs the most when I was a freshman. Another reason I chose the Tiger 10 was because I enjoyed the flexibility of having more Dining Dollars and not having to worry about making sure I used all of my meal exchanges for the week. I personally always recommend the Tiger 10 to most people because it’s still a great amount of food, costs the least and is the most flexible option of the three.

After your freshman year here at RIT, there are also some more flexible options for students to choose from who might still want a meal plan here at RIT. There are five new options in addition to the previous freshman options for people who are upperclassmen, transfer students or graduate students to choose from.

Tiger 5: Just like the freshman meal plans, they have 5 flexible meal options they can use per week and $1,325 dollars in Dining Dollars for a total cost of $2,645.

Orange: Strictly Dining Dollars: $2,762 per semester

Gold: Strictly Dining Dollars: $1,400 per semester

Silver: Strictly Dining Dollars: $1,000 per semester

Bronze: Strictly Dollars: $550 per semester

Dining Dollars are great in the fall semester, as they will roll over into your spring semester without disappearing and you can use any excess during the spring. At the end of every spring semester, however, you need to make sure that all of your Dining Dollars have been used up as it will not roll over into the next academic year. I personally found that if I ever had excess Dining Dollars as a freshman I would spend it on non-perishable groceries that I could store in my dorm for when I was too busy to get food elsewhere.

Overall I love all the options to eat here at RIT and having the flexibility to eat at all the places scattered through campus as well as being able to spend the Dining Dollars right through my RIT ID card was super convenient. I even could use it in the vending machines for late night snacking!

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