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The mission of Northwestern Dining is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern experience by offering one of the most unique and pioneering campus meal programs in the nation.

Click here to access 2016-2017 Brochure

For access to 2016-2017 Meal Plan Information, click here.

Resident Meal Plan Options 2017 - 2018

In order to meet your dining needs, the following meal plans are available for the 2017-2018 academic year. To purchase a Resident Meal Plan, please use the Meal Plan Change/Request Form. For more information, please click here and be sure to visit the Meal Plan Terms and Conditions page.

/ New for the 2017-2018 year: Dining Dollars rollover through the academic year. Cat Cash rolls over through your academic career.

       Norris at Night       

/ Meal Plans OPEN to ALL Students, RAs, Faculty, & Staff 

Open Access Meal Plan: / $6,300 per year -OR- $2,100 per quarter

The Open Access Meal Plan provides UNLIMITED meal swipes per week within any of the five resident dining halls, 125 Dining Dollars per quarter, with 3 Guest Meals per quarter

Only $99 more than the Base 14 Meal Plan to have UNLIMITED meal swipes for an ENTIRE YEAR!

Are you on the Open Access Meal Plan and have questions? Click here for all you need to know about your Meal Plan today.  

/ Meal Plans OPEN to Second Year and Beyond Students, Faculty, & Staff

Base 14 Meal Plan: / $6,201 per year -OR- $2,067 per quarter

The Base 14 Meal Plan provides 14 meal swipes per week for use within any of the five resident dining halls, 225 Dining Dollars per quarter, with 3 Guest Meals per quarter.

/ Meal Plans OPEN to Third Year and Beyond Students, Faculty, & Staff

 Flex Pack 330: / $5,802 per year -OR- $1,934 per quarter

The Flex Pack 330 offers 110 meals per quarter and 275 Dining Dollars per quarter. Meal Swipes can be used for Guests at any time.

/ Meal Plans OPEN to Commuter Students and Off-Campus Life

Commuter 50/50: / $1,725 per year -OR- $575 per quarter

The Commuter 50/50 plan offers 50 meal swipes per quarter and 50 Dining Dollars per quarter.

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Important Info

All students, faculty, and staff are able to purchase meal plans.


If you have any questions about meal plan assignments, please contact the Food Service Office at 847-491-2020.

Lost or Stolen Meal Cards

Lost or stolen meal cards can be replaced. Should this happen to you, please contact the Wildcard Office at 847-467-NUID (6843).

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 our campus dietitian, Karen Sechowski, at

Dining Policies

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.
  • You may take one piece of fruit or one dessert with you as you leave the dining hall, plus a beverage in a reusable mug (20 oz or less).
  • Remember that Wildcards are non-transferable. Wildcards cannot be used by anyone but the purchaser.
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