Meal Plans

Meal plans ensure every Bucknell student has access to quality, nutritious food. Every student living on campus must purchase a meal plan each semester. Students who do not make a meal plan selection will be automatically assigned a default meal plan based on their class year. Plans range from seven to 19 meals per week and include prepaid accounts that work like debit cards. 

Executive Summary: Bucknell Meal Plan Adjustments

How to Select Your Meal Plan

All students except first-year students should sign up for a meal plan in myHOME by midnight on Thursday, Aug. 13. Those who do not select a meal plan will be assigned Option 3 (seven meals/week). 

Sophomores, juniors and seniors can make meal plan changes in myBucknell from Aug. 14 until 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Aug. 28. Please allow up to two days for changes to be processed.

No changes will be permitted after Aug. 28.

Fall 2020 Meal Plan Start and End Dates

  • Meal plans begin with dinner on Sunday, Aug. 16.
  • Meal plans end with dinner on Friday, Nov. 20.
  • Meals will be provided at no cost to all residential students from the time that students check in through lunch on Sunday, Aug. 16.

Select your meal plan in myHOME

    Have questions about meal plans?

    See our FAQ

    Meal Plan Options

    Please note: Meal plans can only be used by the individual student who purchased the plan.

    Option 1 

    19 meals/week and $200 in Dining Dollars (access to all 19 weekly meals*)

    Cost: $2,750 per semester

    Required for all first-year students, available to all other students students

    Option 2 

    12 meals/week and $200 in Dining Dollars (choose any 12 of the 19 weekly meals*)

    Cost: $1,950 per semester 

    Option 3

    7 meals/week and $200 in Dining Dollars (choose any 7 of the 19 weekly meals*) 

    Cost: $1,400 per semester

    * 19 weekly meals refers to the 19 meal pickup times each week: breakfast, lunch and dinner every Monday through Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday

    Purchasing Additional Dining Dollars & Campus Dollars

    Additional Dining Dollars and Campus Dollars can be purchased anytime online.

    Purchase Dining Dollars

    Purchase Campus Dollars

    B-Swipes Donation Program

    B-Swipes is a pilot program that allows students in need of food assistance to request additional meal swipes for entry at campus dining venues. Beginning in the Spring 2021 semester, students will be able to donate unused meal swipes to the program through the GET App

    Learn more and request swipes (login required)

    Meal Plan Policies

    • Every student living on campus is required to purchase a meal plan each semester. Students living off campus may select any University meal plan but are not required to purchase one. 
    • First-year students are automatically registered for and required to purchase Option 1 (19 meals/week).
    • Sophomores, juniors and seniors will be automatically registered for Option 3 (7 meals per week) but can switch to a different Bucknell Dining plan option. Campus Dollars do not fulfill the meal plan requirement.
    • Each week, meals are reset on Monday morning before breakfast. Unused meals will "roll over" to the next week, but swipes will expire at the end of the semester if unused (Dining and Campus Dollars will carry over). Students who run out of meal swipes can purchase meals using Dining Dollars, Campus Dollars, or debit or credit cards at the door rate of $10 for breakfast and $13 for lunch or dinner. For health and safety reasons, non-cash payment methods are strongly preferred.
    • Students may swipe for entry to a dining facility more than one time per meal period.
    • Dining Dollars carry over from semester to semester and year to year, but they become invalid upon graduation or separation from the University. Dining Dollars are not refundable or transferable.
    • Campus Dollars can also be used in any dining venue on campus.
    • Campus Dollars carry over between semesters and years. They are not transferable but are refunded upon graduation or if a student separates from the University.

    Dining Services


    Elaine Langone Center, 1st floor