The 10 best college dining halls in America

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UCLA, pictured, has the best dining halls in the US. See where your school stacks up.
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College dining halls are usually large, cafeteria-style establishments that feed thousands of students quickly three times a day. That is to say, they’re not typically seen as producing restaurant-caliber food.

But at some college dining halls, the food is a step above the rest.

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, published a ranking of the 2017 Best College Food in America.

Niche reviewed 1,384 four-year colleges and universities and compiled its ranking by looking to student surveys about the quality of the campus food, and by comparing the average cost of meal plans.

Read below to see the 10 best dining halls in America.


10. University of Georgia

Average student rating: 4.2 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: $3,956/year


9. James Madison University

Average student rating: 4.3 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: $4,748/year

~ brb drooling over this mac-n-cheese burger @ E-Hall ~ #newthisfall #noms #mactomycheese #matchmadeinheaven ????

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8. California Baptist University

Average student rating: 4.4 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: $4,760/year

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7. University Of Massachusetts — Amherst

Average student rating: 4.4 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: $5,061/year


6. Bates College

Average student rating: 4.6 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: Not available

A lobster dinner at Commons (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #batesreunion

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5. Bowdoin College

Average student rating: 4.7 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: $7,000/year

Don't forget to try out the endless possibilities that await at Moulton's Panini Station!

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4. The Culinary Institute of America

Average student rating: 4.5 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: $2,800/year

Kathi Rolls & Bowls #kathi #innovation #kitchen @theeggatthecia #theculinaryinstituteofamerica

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3. Washington University in St. Louis

Average student rating: 4.6 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: $4,794/year

Washington University in St. Louis Dining


2. Virginia Tech

Average student rating: 4.6 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: $3,730/year


1. University of California — Los Angeles

Average student rating: 4.4 out of 5

Average meal plan cost: not available