Meal Plans & Dining Options

University dining options ensure every Bucknell student has access to quality, nutritious food. Every student living on campus must purchase one of the meal plans or dining options below each semester. Students who do not make a dining option selection will be automatically assigned a default option based on their class year. Plans range from an Anytime Access plan to prepaid accounts that work like debit cards. 

How to Select Your Dining Option

All students except first-year students should sign up for a University dining option in myHOME. Those who do not select a dining option will be assigned Option 5 (Dining Dollars only). 

Sophomores, juniors and seniors can select a dining option in myHOME until midnight on Thursday, Jan.20. Please allow up to two days for changes to be processed.

Key Dates

 
Meal plan selection opens in myHomeNow
Last day to select a dining option in myHOMEThursday, Jan. 12
Last day to request changes via myHOMEMidnight, Friday, Jan. 20 (no changes permitted after this date)
Meal plans begin at dinnerSunday, Jan. 15
Select your meal plan in myHOME 

Have questions about your dining options?

See our FAQ

Meal Plan & Dining Options

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

Option 1: Anytime Access

  • Anytime access to all-you-care-to-eat in Bostwick Marketplace
  • $75 in Dining Dollars 
  • Two guest passes per semester

Cost: $2,934 per semester

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

Option 2 

  • Ten swipes per week* for all-you-care-to-eat dining in Bostwick Marketplace
  • $100 in Dining Dollars 
  • Two guest passes per semester

Cost: $2,287 per semester 

*Ten meal swipes are added each Sunday morning and unused meals roll over to the next week

Option 3

  • Five swipes per week* for all-you-care-to-eat dining in Bostwick Marketplace
  • $300 in Dining Dollars 
  • Two guest passes per semester

Cost: $1,407 per semester

*Five meal swipes are added each Sunday morning and unused meals roll over to the next week

Option 4

  • Three swipes* per week all-you-care-to-eat dining in Bostwick Marketplace
  • $500 in Dining Dollars
  • Two guest passes per semester

Cost: $1,175 per semester

*Three meal swipes are added each Sunday morning and unused meals roll over to the next week

Option 5: Dining Dollars Only

  • $700 Dining Dollars*

Cost: $700 per semester

*Dining Dollars can be used at any on-campus dining location


Dining Dollars, Campus Dollars and Plus Dollars

Besides meal swipes, you have several options for purchasing meals (and other needs) on campus and off. 

Plus Dollars are an add-on purchase to dining plan purchases, and can only be selected when you choose your meal plan. 

Campus Dollars and Dining Dollars may be purchased or refilled at any time. 

See where you can spend Dining, Campus and Plus Dollars

Plus Dollars Selection

Optional — Does not fulfill meal-plan requirement

After selecting a dining option, Plus Dollars can be added as an enhancement to any dining option. Plus Dollars are only available to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are making a dining option selection. Plus Dollars will carry over from the fall to spring semester but will expire at the end of the academic year. 

Purchasing Additional Dining Dollars & Campus Dollars

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


Where can I spend my …Swipes/Guest SwipesDining DollarsPlus DollarsCampus Dollars
Bostwick Marketplace*xxxx
All other on-campus dining locations* xxx
Participating off-campus dining locations**  xx
Participating off-campus merchants**  xx
Laundry   x
On-campus copiers   x

*Cash and credit cards also are accepted at all on-campus dining locations

**See where Campus and Plus Dollars are accepted off campus

 

How to add ...Swipes/Guest SwipesDining DollarsPlus DollarsCampus Dollars
GET app x 
Online x x
Bursar's office x x
During meal plan selection  x 

Policies

  • The annual cost of dining and meal options is based on the annual University board charge for students in residence and is subject to change.
  • Every student living on campus is required to purchase a meal plan or University dining option each semester. Students living off campus may select any option but are not required to purchase one.
  • First-year students are automatically registered for and required to purchase Option 1 (Anytime Access).
  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors will be automatically registered for Option 5 ($700 Dining Dollars) but can switch to a different option. Campus Dollars do not fulfill the meal plan requirement.
  • Each week, meals are reset on Sunday morning before breakfast for the ten, five and three meals per week plans. 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, Plus Dollars, or debit or credit cards at the door rate.
  • For the Class of 2026 and beyond, Dining Dollars will carry over from the fall semester to the spring semester but will expire at the end of the spring semester. For other classes, Dining Dollars will carry over from semester to semester and year to year, but become invalid upon graduation or separation from the University. Dining Dollars are not refundable or transferable.
  • Plus Dollars can be used at on-campus dining venues and off-campus merchants who participate in the Campus Dollars program. Plus Dollars are not refundable or transferable. Unused Plus Dollars will carry over to the spring semester but expire at the end of the academic year. Plus Dollars can only be purchased during meal plan selection. Plus Dollars are only available to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • 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.

B-Swipes Program

B-Swipes is a pilot program that allows students in need of food assistance to request additional meal swipes for entry into Bostwick Marketplace. Students with demonstrated need may receive up to three meals per week during the fall and spring semesters.

In order to qualify to receive swipes, a student must meet the following criteria: 

  • The student has demonstrated financial need (the student's financial aid award plus their expected family contribution equal less than the comprehensive cost of Bucknell)
    • and
  • The student's total financial aid eligibility is less than the comprehensive cost of Bucknell

Since the program began in fall 2020, the meal swipes used in the B-Swipes program have been donated by Parkhurst Dining. Students can now donate their unused guest passes to the program. Two guest passes are included with all swipe meal plans. If you would like to donate your unused guest passes, you can do so through the GET app.

Learn more and request swipes (login required)

Contact Details

Dining Services

Location

Elaine Langone Center, 1st floor