Dining Plans

Grinnell Dining is proud of our national award-winning dining program located in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center! A beautiful state-of-the-art marketplace dining facility is the centralized location for on-campus dining for students and other members and guests of the campus community. A wide variety of choices, food prepared to order, and a beautiful environment enhance the dining experience at Grinnell College. Even if you have moved off campus, consider signing up for a meal plan so that you can also be part of the student experience in the Marketplace.  As always, we welcome your input and comment.

New for 2014-2015

Continuous Service

Marketplace will now be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Regular weekend hours continue.   

  • Hot breakfast 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Continental breakfast 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Lunch 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Light lunch 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dinner 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (7 p.m. on Friday)

Meals To Go

Will now be available from the Marketplace at any time, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. A wide variety of food choices will be available based on the Marketplace menu of the day. Reusable containers will significantly reduce the need for disposable ware.

Daily Meal Limit Discontinued

You choose when to redeem your meals. Weekly plan meal balances reset each Sunday morning.

Additional Notes

Individual meal plan options are determined by class standing and housing status. First-year students are required to participate in the Full Meal Plan (1) for their first semester, but may choose between the Full Meal Plan (Plan 1) and the 15 Plus Meal Plan (Plan 2) for second semester. Returning students have other options, based on housing status. Students living in the residence halls may choose between plans 1, 2, 3, and 4. Students in Cowles Apartments are required to participate in a minimum of Plan 6. All other students who reside in designated co-ops, campus houses, or who live off campus may choose any plan or may opt out by choosing no board. Meals and Dining Dollars are non-transferable and reset at the end of each semester. To submit your dining plan request, log in to pioneerweb.grinnell.edu and click the “Dining Plan” link on the left (in the “Resources Module”).

Dining Plans

The dining plans offered for the 2014-2015 academic year, effective Aug. 28, 2014 are as follows:

Plan 1 - Full Meal Plan: $2,923 per semester. With the Full Meal Plan you have the opportunity to eat each of the 20 meals served during the week in the Marketplace. This plan is worry-free, assures a nutritious meal at each sitting and is the most economical plan available. Five guest meals are included.

Plan 2 - Any 15 Meals Plus: $2,923 per semester. The Any 15 Plus plan allows you to select any 15 of the 20 meals served in the Marketplace each week. This plan also gives you $225 in Dining Dollars to spend at The Spencer Grill or Marketplace. Five guest meals are included.

Plan 3 - Any 15 Meals: $2,700 per semester. The Any 15 plan allows you to select any 15 of the 20 meals served in the Marketplace each week. Five guest meals are included.

Plan 4 - Any 10 Meals Plus: $2,755 per semester. The Any 10 Plus plan gives you the option of selecting any 10 of the 20 meals served each week. This plan gives you $295 worth of Dining Dollars to use at The Spencer Grill or Marketplace. Five guest meals are included.

Plan 5 - 80 Meals Plus: $1,120 per semester. Students who select the 80 Plus plan can eat any 80 meals per semester in the Marketplace and receive $130 worth of Dining Dollars for use at The Spencer Grill or Marketplace.

Plan 6 - 65 Meals Plus: $990 per semester. The 65 Plus plan allows you to select any 65 meals per semester in the Marketplace. Includes $165 worth of Dining Dollars to use at The Spencer Grill or Marketplace.

Plan 7 - Lunch Bunch: $710 per semester. The Lunch Bunch Plan offers off-campus students the opportunity and convenience of eating lunch in the Marketplace, Monday through Friday, for the entire semester. A great low-cost option!

Plan 8 - Dining Dollars Plus (Add-on Only): $100. Add an additional $100 in Dining Dollars to any other plan. Dining Dollars are a convenient way to make purchases at The Spencer Grill or Marketplace. This option is only available to students already signing up for Plans 1 through 7.