Freshman Dining Plans

The freshman dining plans utilize a declining balance system (previously referred to as Plu$ Dollars) and allow students to eat when they want, where they want. Students can choose from a wide variety of dining options throughout their day; from grab-and-go to all-you-care-to-eat. Campus Dining features more than 22 dining venues, two markets, three food trucks and over 1,000 menu options. With their dining plan, freshman have the freedom to make their own food choices.

Declining Balance System

The dining plan is designed to cover students’ food spending on campus and the operating expenses of the dining program.


Funds are available to spend on dining throughout the academic year. Unspent funds roll over each quarter. Any unused funds are forfeited at the end of spring quarter 2018.


WOW dollars are allocated for production and meal service during the Week of Welcome.


Base operating expenses cover the dining program’s overhead and operating costs such as food, labor and utilities.


Freshmen benefit from an exclusive discounted price at 805 Kitchen - Cal Poly’s all-you-care-to-eat restaurant. Freshmen pay only $5.50 for breakfast, $6 for lunch and $6.50 for dinner at 805 Kitchen, a significant savings off the regular price of $10.65.

Freshman Dining Plan

Freshman Residence Halls Dining Plan

Students Living in a Residence Hall

Plan TypeCostPlan Description
PLAN COST$5,323Total cost of your plan
WOW PROGRAM$-195Less WOW programmed meals
BASE OPERATING EXPENSE$-775Less base operating expense
Additional Information
DECLINING BALANCE$4,353Previously referred to as Plu$ Dollars
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,451Available declining balance Fall
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,451Available declining balance Winter
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,451Available declining balance Spring

Freshman Apartment Life Dining Plan

Students Living in Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon Village Only

Plan TypeCostPlan Description
PLAN COST$4,259Total cost of your plan
WOW PROGRAM$-195Less WOW programmed meals
BASE OPERATING EXPENSE$-775Less base operating expense
Additional Information
DECLINING BALANCE$3,289Previously referred to as Plu$ Dollars
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,096Available declining balance Fall
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,096Available declining balance Winter
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,096Available declining balance Spring

Students with Dietary Restrictions

If a student has a medically documented dietary restriction that prevents him or her from making full use of the Campus Dining program, he or she should contact Campus Dining. Our Registered Dietitian will work with the student to outline the many food options available in the dining plan venues and help him or her make the best possible use of his or her dining plan when living on campus.

Payment Information

Housing and Campus Dining have a combined payment process and license for the 2017-18 academic year. Please pay close attention to the payment due dates, schedules and updates. To view combined payment information, please visit Cal Poly Housing's Website. To view freshman Dining Plan prices and payment schedules, please visit the Freshman Dining Plan payment schedule page.