At Willamette University, we believe dining service plays an important role in the wellness and sense of community that makes our campus unique. Meals are prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients — all in a socially responsible manner that benefits our community, our guests and our environment.
Throughout the cafés we offer dietary choices that fit the goals and values of today’s students.
The Willamette Dining Plan
Students select their Dining Plan when they sign their housing agreement the academic year. All students living in a residence hall have a Willamette Dining Plan. Willamette offers a unique hybrid dining plan that combines a set number of All You Care to Eat (AYCE) meals and Dining Plan Points for a la carte meals. Why go hybrid? It's simple: It's how most students like to eat. It's flexible, like real life. Students have several Dining Plan options to choose from, allowing them to select the Plan that works best for them.
AYCE meals are dinners Sunday through Friday and brunch on Saturday. Dining Plan Points are used at Bon Appétit venues for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, dinner on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. The total expense for a dining plan includes the selected plan and food service overhead.
Choosing the Right Dining Plan
When choosing a Dining Plan, it's important for students to consider how they like to eat. Do you snack nightly? Skip breakfast but eat a big meal at dinner? Are you happy with a light salad at lunch or do you prefer something more substantial? The typical student does not eat three meals a day, seven days a week on campus.
In the busy world of college life, students often choose to spend a bit more on retail items than they first expect to. So, Willamette's Dining Plans are built to reflect the real life behaviors of our students. In place of simply offering three AYCE meals a day, our hybrid plans can be used in a variety of ways (e.g., take your lunch to go). If you spend all of your Dining Plan Points before the end of the semester, don't worry. Your AYCE meals are still available, just add Compass Cash to your card and use it at any Bon Appétit venue. Students who live in the sororities participate in the Sorority Dining Plan.
Want to change your Dining Plan? Willamette Dining Plan changes are accepted during the first week of each semester through your Bearcat BnB page
Willamette Dining Plans
For 2019-2020 pricing information, please see the Housing Rates page.
|Dining Plan||Meals Per Week||Points Per Semester||How I Eat|
|Bearkitten (Plan 1)||7 AYCE||650||I'll eat a small breakfast, small lunch, and dinner.|
|Bearcat (Plan 2)||7 AYCE||750||I'll eat a small breakfast, average lunch and dinner.|
|7 AYCE||1300||I'll eat a regular breakfast, lunch, and dinner.|
|Star Trees (Plan 4)||5 AYCE||900||I'll eat a small breakfast, average lunch and dinners during the week.|
|Flex (Plan 5)||50 AYCE meals per semester||450||For juniors, seniors, and graduate students only. I'm only on campus a few days a week.|
|Lunch||P (BR)||P||P||P||P||P||A (BR)|
A = All You Care to Eat (AYCE) Meal
P = Points Meal
BR = Brunch
Dining Plan Points
Dining Plan Points are honored at Goudy Commons and Kaneko Commons. Points carry over from fall to spring semester for students who remain on the Willamette Dining Plan. Points remaining at the completion of spring semester are non-refundable. No credit or refund is issued for AYCE meals not taken.
Check your Dining Plan Point balance regularly by logging in to the Online Card Office then compare your usage to the Declining Balance Calendar. Stay on track by viewing the Declining Balance Calendar which estimates the daily Dining Plan Point usage for each plan.
Additional funds may be added to your Compass Card for use throughout campus. When Compass Cash is used at a Bon Appétit venue, Bon Appétit adds a 10% bonus to the total dollar amount. If you run out of Dining Plan Points, be sure to add Compass Cash to your Card instead of using cash for meals to get the 10% bonus!