Dining Plan

Freshmen Dining Plans

2016-17 Academic Year

The 2016-17 freshman dining plan is a total declining dollar (Plu$) program so students can eat when they want, where they want. Students have a wide variety of dining options throughout their day; from Grab and Go to all-you-care-to-eat. Campus Dining features 19 dining venues, 2 markets and over 1000 menu options. With Plu$ dollars, freshman have the freedom to make their own food choices.

As part of the program, the dining plan cost is broken up into three components (1) the Plu$ Dollars on a student's PolyCard for use around campus to eat, (2) the cost of meals provided during Week of Welcome and (3) the base operating expense for the dining plan all-you-care-to-eat facility.

Overall, our dining plan's cost are a combination of an overhead payment and Plu$ Dollars. This allows us to operate in a fiscally responsible manner while giving students the flexibility they crave. The overhead payment contributes to the operational costs of the all-you-care-to-eat facility. These funds cover costs such as dining staff and student salaries, utilities, supplies, repairs and capital expenses.

Since the overhead payment covers the operational costs of the all-you-care-to-eat facility, we can budget more effectively. The entry cost for Freshman Dining Plan students into this facility is $5.50, reduced from $10.25.

Students with Dietary Restrictions

If you have dietary restrictions due to medically documented food allergies, food intolerances, and/or other dietary concerns, please read the following information regarding your dining plan requirements.

Freshman Residence Halls Dining Plan

Students Living in a Residence Hall

Plan TypeCostPlan Description
PLAN COST$5,147Total cost of your plan
WOW PROGRAM$-150Less WOW programmed meals
BASE OPERATING EXPENSE$-600Less base operating expense
Additional Information
DECLINING BALANCE$4,397Plu$ Dollars
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,466Available Plu$ dollars Fall
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,466Available Plu$ dollars Winter
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,465Available Plu$ dollars Spring

Freshman Apartment Life Dining Plan

Students Living in Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon Village Only

Plan TypeCostPlan Description
PLAN COST$4,103Total cost of your plan
WOW PROGRAM$-150Less WOW programmed meals
BASE OPERATING EXPENSE$-600Less base operating expense
Additional Information
DECLINING BALANCE$3,353Plu$ Dollars
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,118Available Plu$ dollars Fall
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,118Available Plu$ dollars Winter
QUARTERLY SPLIT$1,117Available Plu$ dollars Spring

Payment Information

Housing and Campus Dining have a combined payment process and license for the 2016-17 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.

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