Meal Plans

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Swarthmore College Dining Services is owned and operated by the College. We are proud to provide you with your dining experience here on campus. Our goal is to offer you great service with the best quality foods.

Choosing your Meal Plan

Descriptions of the four meal plans being offered next semester are below. Please read them carefully and make your choice for the fall semester. The cost of each meal plan for 2016-2017 is $3,518 per semester. Please note that all meal plans cost the same amount but differ in how meals and points are distributed.  At the end of each semester you will receive an email explaining how to select your meal plan for the next semester in your myswarthmore account. 

Change your Meal Plan for Next Semester

We allow students to change their meal plan at the end of each semester. An email will be sent out around the last day of classes notifying you that the time frame to make selection for the next semester has begun.

To select your meal plan, go to your mySwarthmore account, scroll down to "Select Your Meal Plan", and click on that link. You will see your current meal plan. Select your choice for the next term from the drop-down menu and then click on "Update Meal Plan." There is a cut off to when you can change meal plans as this information has to be uploaded in they system.

Contact Lynn Grady at 610-328-8182 with any questions.

A late fee of $25 will be assessed if your request is received after the deadline.

  • Students may purchase any of the standard meal plans.
  • Students may add points to their ID cards. Points do not carry over to the next semester.
  • Students living off campus may purchase any meal plan. We also have an option designed for students living off-campus which offers 100 meals plus $100.00 points at a rate of $1,000.00 per semester. Cash or checks are payable to Swarthmore College through the Dining Services Office in Sharples when you return to campus. 

 


SWAT Plan

SWAT Plan - Unlimited meals with $150.00 Points and $150.00 Swat Points. The SWAT Plan is the default plan. If you do not choose another plan, students living on-campus will automatically be placed on the SWAT Plan. You can use unlimited meals throughout the semester. You may only use your card for personal swipes with this plan. The Late Night Snack ($7.00) will be available at Essie Mae's after Sharples Dining Hall closes in the evening - one swipe. Points do not carry over to the next semester. Points - used at College Dining venues which include Sharples, Essie Mae's Snack Bar and both Coffee Bars. Swat Points - used at College Dining venues or at participating merchants in the Borough of Swarthmore. All meal plans come with 3 guest meals a semester.

GARNET Plan

GARNET Plan - A block of 275 meals with $300.00 Points and $200.00 Swat Points. You can use 275 meals throughout the semester. The Late Night Snack ($7.00) will be available at Essie Mae's after Sharples Dining Hall closes in the evening - one swipe. Points do not carry over to the next semester.  Points - used at College Dining venues which include Sharples, Essie Mae's Snack Bar and both Coffee Bars. Swat Points - used at College Dining venues or at participating merchants in the Borough of Swarthmore. All meal plans come with 3 guest meals a semester.

PHOENIX Plan

PHOENIX Plan - A block of 225 meals with $400.00 Points and $300.00 Swat Points. You can use 225 meals throughout the semester. The Late Night Snack ($7.00) will be available at Essie Mae's after Sharples Dining Hall closes in the evening - one swipe. Points do not carry over to the next semester.  Points - used at College Dining venues which include Sharples, Essie Mae's Snack Bar and both Coffee Bars. Swat Points - used at College Dining venues or at participating merchants in the Borough of Swarthmore. All meal plans come with 3 guest meals a semester.

PARRISH Plan

PARRISH Plan - A block of 160 meals with $500.00 Points and $400.00 Swat Points. You can use 160 meals throughout the semester. The Late Night Snack ($7.00) will be available at Essie Mae's after Sharples Dining Hall closes in the evening - one swipe. Points do not carry over to the next semester.  Points - used at College Dining venues which include Sharples, Essie Mae's Snack Bar and both Coffee Bars. Swat Points - used at College Dining venues or at participating merchants in the Borough of Swarthmore. All meal plans come with 3 guest meals a semester.

Please Note

  •  Grab-n-Go Lunches  are available every weekday outside of Science Center 199 beginning at noon. Each lunch includes an entree sandwich or salad,  a snack item, fresh fruit and water will be available to fill your personal container. Lunches can be purchased with meal credit or points (currently $10.00) and make a great alternative when you have little time between classes.
  • Points can be added to any meal plan as well as purchased for off-campus students not on a meal plan. Points are similar to using cash on a debit card.
  • Additional Block of Meals - Students may add a block of 25 meals for $225.00.