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 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 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. 
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

A semester rate of $3,550 applies for each option above.
 

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 plan costs $1,090 and is subject to New York State sales tax. The Pioneer can be purchased as many times as needed during the academic year.  

Additional 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, visit our e-commerce page.

The Knight Card, Mastercard, Visa and cash are accepted at all dining locations on campus.
 

Campus Dining Locations

RoBro AYCTE 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, deli, 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.   RoBro accepts meal swipes for those on a meal plan, cash, declining balance dollars, Knight Cards, Mastercard and Visa.  

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 soups, tossed salads, pizza, fresh entrees, international dishes and more.  The Servery accepts meal equivalency swipes for those on a meal plan, cash, declining balance dollars, Knight Cards, Mastercard and Visa.

The Servery After Dark (Located on the second floor of the Student Center) 
The Servery transforms its menu After Dark each night to offer a more fast-casual menu offer featuring many guilty pleasures and healthy alternatives.  It’s the perfect destination for late night study breaks or to meet with friends.  

1896 Marketplace (located on the first floor of the Student Center)
The 1896 Marketplace features two exciting brands, the Marketplace Deli and Natural!  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.  Natural features fresh fruit-based smoothies that are healthy and delicious.  Both locations accept cash, declining balance dollars, Knight Cards, Mastercard and Visa.  The Marketplace Deli also accepts meal equivalency swipes for those on a meal plan.  

ERC Café (Educational Resources Center) 
The brand-new ERC Café 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 made fresh on campus daily.  The ERC Cafe accepts cash, declining balance dollars, Knight Cards, Mastercard and Visa.   
  
Concrete Café (located on the 3rd floor of the Science Center)
Designed for those on the go Concrete Café features Entrepreneur Coffee, daily soups and our Mindful Wrapped offer.  Wrapped features trendy half wraps that can be mixed and matched for the ultimate in convenience and variety, and they are all under 500 calories!  The Concrete Cafe accepts meal equivalency swipes for those on a meal plan, cash, declining balance dollars, Knight Cards, Mastercard and Visa.   

Main Street Café (located in the Cheel Campus Center)
Main Street Café includes Subway, BBQ Nation, and the Knights Grill featuring made-to-order comfort favorites and trendy specials.  Whether Clarkson community members are going about a normal day or cheering on the Golden Knights at a hockey game, Main Street Café has it covered.  Main Street Café accepts meal equivalency swipes for those on a meal plan, cash, declining balance dollars, Knight Cards, Mastercard and Visa.   

Foothills Pizza (located in the Cheel Campus Center)
Foothills Pizza features the best pizza in Potsdam with fresh pizza dough and sauce made from scratch right on campus!  Additionally, Clarkson community members can enjoy hot toasted subs, cheesy breadsticks, cinnamon sticks and side salads.  Foothills Pizza accepts meal equivalency swipes for those on a meal plan, cash, declining balance dollars, Knight Cards, Mastercard and Visa.   

Healthy Pantry (located in Hamlin Powers)  
Designed for those on the go the Healthy Pantry features Entrepreneur Coffee, daily soups and our Mindful Wrapped offer.  Wrapped features trendy half wraps that can be mixed and matched for the ultimate in convenience and variety, and they are all under 5oo calories!  The Healthy Pantry accepts meal equivalency swipes for those on a meal plan, cash, declining balance dollars, Knight Cards, Mastercard and Visa.