Campus Meal Plans

Meal Plan Terms to Know

Declining Balance (DB) – These are dining dollars that you can spend at any of our campus dining locations. You can add to your DB at any time. DB rolls over from the fall to spring semester and can be used until commencement in May.

Board Meals - These can be used to enter RoBro Dining Hall for an all-you-care-to-eat meal or as a “meal equivalency” swipe at designated retail dining venues. This plan resets each week on Saturday mornings. 

Block Meals - These can be used to enter RoBro Dining Hall for an all-you-care-to-eat meal or as a “meal equivalency” swipe at designated retail dining venues located on campus. This plan has a designated number of meals that declines as you use them during the semester. 


Important Information

Meal plans can be changed during the first two weeks of each semester, and a usage report can be requested at any time by visiting the Clarkson Dining and Catering office in the Cheel Campus Center.

DB may be used to treat guests to a meal, but board and block meals are non-transferrable and can only be used by the meal plan holder. Additional DB can be added at any time throughout the semester. To purchase more DB, please visit Student Administrative Services located in Graham Hall.

Mastercard, Visa, Amex, and Discover are accepted at all dining locations on campus. Knight Card is accepted at Schuler's Cafe in the ERC and Distefano's Cafe in Cheel.

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Meal Plan Options

The Golden Knight
This plan provides 21 board meals per week plus $25 in DB that can be used in any retail dining destination on campus. This plan provides breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday morning through Friday evening. This plan is highly recommended for incoming first-year-students. $3,759/semester, Resident plan

The All Northern
This plan provides 200 block meals plus $75 in DB that can be used at any retail dining destination on campus. On average, this plan offers two meals per day, five days a week. Students can find out how many meals are remaining by asking a cashier for a receipt or by visiting the Clarkson Dining and Catering office in the Cheel Campus Center anytime. $3,759/semester, Resident plan

Platinum Dining
This plan provides 150 block meals (which averages out to 10 meals per week) plus $225 in DB that can be used at any retail dining destination on campus.  Students can find out how many meals are remaining by asking a cashier for a receipt or by visiting the Clarkson Dining and Catering office in the Cheel Campus Center anytime. $3,759/semester, Resident plan

 

The Sandstoner
This plan offers seven board meals that reset each week during the semester (averaging one meal per day), plus 50 block meals that can be used at the student’s discretion throughout the semester, and $275 in DB that can be used at any retail destination. $3,759/semester, Resident plan

Emerald Dining
This plan provides five board meals that reset each week during the semester (averaging one meal per weekday), 20 block meals that can be used at the student’s discretion throughout the semester, and $425 in DB that can be used at any retail dining destination on campus. $3,759/semester, Resident plan

The Pioneer
This is a voluntary meal plan option available to undergraduate and graduate students who are living in campus apartments and townhouses or for those living off-campus. It includes 50 block meals and $500 in DB. The meals and DB roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester. The Pioneer can be purchased as many times as needed during the academic year. $1,022, subject to New York State sales tax, Voluntary plan

Campus Dining Locations

RoBro Dining Hall (located in between Ross House and Brooks House)  

Ross-Brooks Dining Hall (RoBro) is Clarkson’s only all-you-care-to-eat dining destination. Students and community members will find comfort food favorites, authentic ethnic cuisine, vegan and vegetarian offers, and daily salad, pizza, and grill selections all prepared fresh daily. Our award-winning Simple Servings platform offers full hot entrees and sides all free of 7 of the 8 commons food allergies that include peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs.

Online ordering only. Payment is meal equivalency only.

Hours:
Monday - Sunday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Student Center Servery (Located on the second floor of the Student Center) 

The Servery features a variety of highly customizable menu options designed to be served fresh and fast to keep students going throughout the day. Clarkson community members will enjoy fresh taqueria, international dishes, pasta toss, grill, and a build your own salad concept.

Online ordering only. The Servery accepts meal equivalency swipes, DB, and credit card.

Hours:
Monday – Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Marketplace Deli (located on the first floor of the Student Center)

The Marketplace Deli offers fresh made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, breakfast sandwiches, fresh bagels and a quick grab and go option for those on the go. Pickup point for grab-n-go ordered online under Simply To Go.

The Marketplace Deli accepts DB, credit card, and meal equivalency swiped.

Hours: Monday - Friday
Handcrafted Deli: 8:00am - 3:30pm; Marketplace Grab-n-Go: 8:00am - 4:00 pm

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Schuler's (located in the ERC building)

The brand-new Schuler’s located in the newly renovated lobby of the Educational Resources Center features Starbucks We Proudly Serve, Teavana Teas, fresh-baked pastries and desserts, and our Simply to Go sandwiches, wraps, salads, adventure boxes, parfaits, fruit cups, and more.

This is walk-up ordering accepting DB, knight card, and credit card.

Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 3:30pm
  
Concrete Café (located on the 3rd floor of the Science Center)

The Concrete Cafe is a pickup point for Simply To Go items found on the online ordering site under Simply To Go. The Concrete Cafe accepts meal equivalency swipes, DB, and credit card.

Hours: Monday – Friday    Breakfast: 8:30am – 10:00am; Lunch: 10:30am – 11:30am

Distefano's Family Cafe (located in the Cheel Campus Center)

Distefano’s Family Cafe features Grilled (build your own burger experience) and Neapolitan (tastes of Italy).

This is walk-up ordering accepting meal equivalency swipes, DB, credit card, and knight card.

Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00am – 8:00pm

Healthy Pantry (located in Hamlin Powers)  

Designed for those on the go the Healthy Pantry will be a pickup location for Simply to Go items found on the online ordering site under Simply To Go.

The Healthy Pantry accepts meal equivalency swipes, DB, and credit card.

Hours: Monday – Friday    Breakfast: 7:00am – 8:15am; Lunch: 11:45am – 12:30pm

Food Allergies and Intolerances

Talk to Us About Your Food Allergies!
Clarkson Dining and Catering takes pride in sourcing wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements in our dining locations, and through our online menus and Bite App. We are also passionate about serving Clarkson students. Our managers complete AllertrainU, an Allergen & Gluten-free Food Service Certified Training. We work diligently to address students’ specific needs, especially those with food allergies, Celiac disease, or special diet needs.

A team approach led by you, our educated consumer, is the best preparation for a safe school year free of allergic reactions. We want to meet one-on-one with all of our customers who have individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social.

Managing Food Allergies at College

Kitchen Areas, Stations & Signage
  • Simple Servings is available at RoBro Dining Hall, offering a hot plated entree at lunch and dinner free of the top seven allergens. For all of these approaches, measures are taken to reduce the risks of cross-contact with gluten or allergens as much as possible.
     
  • A designated allergen-free "My Zone" is also located in RoBro. This area contains food and equipment such as a designated toaster, microwave and refrigerator restricted to gluten-free foods.
     
  • Our menu system provides ingredient statements specifically highlighting the top eight allergens: milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. Guests may check on the presence of allergens prior to planning their meals using the online menu and the Bite App. The absence of an allergen listed on product signage is not a guarantee that the product is free of that allergen. The guest is responsible to communicate their allergy, consult a manager and may see labels from actual ingredients upon request.
My Zone

My Zone is a gluten-free, peanut and tree nut tree area for students reserved with food allergies and other dietary needs and is located in RoBro Dining Hall. My Zone acts as a self-service pantry for students to be involved in their own allergen-safe meal preparation. This area is equipped with a designated microwave, refrigerator, toaster, gloves and allergen-free prep surfaces. We ask our campus community to respect these spaces for those who truly need it.

Individual Meal Planning

Students with specific meal related concerns can receive assistance on an individual basis, directly with our General Manager, Bill Masullo.  We can also arrange meetings with a Sodexo Dietitian that can include one-on-one consultations, a review of the resources currently in place, a tour of the dining facilities, and menu planning.

Simple Servings

A dining option that provides safe and appetizing food choices for customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance, or other special dietary needs. The Simple Servings station offers simply prepared foods made without the seven most common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products and eggs. In addition, all food are made without gluten and controlled for cross-contamination. Separate equipment, utensils, storage areas and preparation areas minimize the risk, offering customers a safe and healthy dining option. Simple Servings is located in RoBro Dining Hall.

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Campus Catering

Sodexo is Clarkson University's preferred provider, whether for an elegant formal buffet, a simple coffee set-up, or a summer picnic. 

Our catering repertoire expands constantly to bring you the latest dining trends. 

For the safety & well-being of our clients & guests, food & beverages are not permitted to leave the premises of a catered event.

Please contact our office via email at courtney.ploof@sodexo.com to schedule a personal catering consultation. 

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