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.
Each semester you will be asked to choose a meal plan that best suits your dining needs. Below you will find descriptions of the meal plans currently offered. At the end of each semester you will receive an email explaining how to select your meal plan for the following semester in your mySwarthmore account.
If you are living off campus you are not required to sign up for a meal plan. However, you have the option to purchase one of our meal plans including the Commuter Plan, designed for students commuting to campus.
- Meal Plan Selection Process
- Meal Plan Cost
- Meal Plans
- Points, Swat Points, and Garnet Cash
- Meal Plan FAQs
You can easily select or update your meal plan through your MySwarthmore account following the instructions below. If you have any questions about the process, you may contact Lynn Grady, Manager, Dining Services, at 610-328-8182.
- Log into your mySwarthmore account.
- Click Select Your Meal Plan.
- You will see your current meal plan.
- Select your choice for the next term from the drop-down menu.
- Click Update Meal Plan.
The Commuter Plan must be purchased in person at the OneCard Office in Parrish 131A. Accepted payment methods are cash, credit card or check.
With the exception of the Commuter plan, the cost of each meal plan for 2017-2018 is $3,641 per semester. Please note that all meal plans cost the same amount but differ in how meals and points are distributed. You may also purchase an additional block of 25 meals for $225.00.
All plans include:
- A late night snack equivalency at Essie Mae's Snack Bar. One swipe per night which will deduct one meal from your available meals.
- 3 guest meals per semester.
First years may only select the Swat Plan or the Garnet Plan.
The Swat Plan is the default plan for students living on campus. If you do not choose a meal plan, you will automatically be signed up for this plan.
The Swat Plan includes unlimited meals at Sharples Dining Hall with $150.00 Points and $150.00 Swat Points. You can use unlimited meals throughout the semester. You may only use your card for personal swipes with this plan.
First years may only select the Swat Plan or the Garnet Plan.
The Garnet Plan includes a block of 275 meals with $300.00 Points and $200.00 Swat Points. You can use 275 meals throughout the semester.
The Phoenix Plan includes block of 225 meals with $400.00 Points and $300.00 Swat Points. You can use 225 meals throughout the semester.
The Parrish Plan includes a block of 160 meals with $500.00 Points and $400.00 Swat Points. You can use 160 meals throughout the semester.
PPR APARTMENT Plan
The PPR Apartment Plan is offered only to students living in PPR Apartments.
The PPR Apartment Plan includes a block of 160 meals with $200.00 Points and $700.00 Swat Points. You can use 160 meals throughout the semester.
The Commuter Plan is offered only to students living off-campus.
The Commuter Plan offers 100 meals plus $100.00 points at a rate of $1,000.00 per semester.
You must pay for this plan in person, by credit, cash, or check, at the OneCard Office, located in Parrish 131A.
Points can be used at college dining venues, which include Sharples, Essie Mae's Snack Bar, Kohlberg Coffee Bar and Science Center Coffee Bar. Points do not carry over to the next semester.
Swat Points can be used at college dining venues, which include Sharples, Essie Mae's Snack Bar, Kohlberg Coffee Bar and Science Center Coffee Bar, or at participating merchants in the Borough of Swarthmore.
Garnet Cash can be added to any meal plan and is similar to using cash on a debit card. You can add Garnet Cash to your account if you are living off-campus and not on a meal plan.
I live in PPR apartments. Do I have to select the PPR Apartments Plan?
No. The PPR Apartments Plan was designed to accommodate the needs of students living in PPR Apartments. If you are a resident of PPR Apartments, you may choose from any available plan, except the Commuter Plan.
I commute to Swarthmore. Do I have to select the Commuter Plan?
No. The Commuter Plan was designed to accommodate the needs of students living off campus. If you live off campus, you are not required to select a meal plan, but may choose to sign up for any available plan, except the PPR Apartments Plan.
When and where can I get Grab-n-Go Lunches?
Grab-n-Go lunches make for a great alternative are available when you have little time between classes. They are available from Monday through Friday while classes are in session, beginning on the second Monday of each semester.
Lunches can be picked up outside of Science Center 199 from noon–1:00 p.m. and can be purchased with meal credit or points ($10.00) on your OneCard. Each lunch includes an entree sandwich or salad, snack, fresh fruit and dessert. Water will be available to fill your personal container.
How should I plan my meals over breaks?
If you are planning on staying on campus during breaks, it is important to budget your Swat Points and Points as you will need them for food purchases during that week. Essie Mae's Snack Bar and one coffee bar are usually open during breaks Monday through Friday in the morning and for lunch.
Can I take out food from Sharples Dining Hall?
Take out at Sharples Dining Hall is available at lunch and dinner. One take out per student per meal period is allowed and can only be used for your own meal. No swipes for others.
Can I eat a meal at another Tri-Co school (Bryn Mawr or Haverford)?
Exchange passes for meals at Bryn Mawr or Haverford Colleges are obtained at the Checkers Stands at our Swarthmore dining facilities. If you are taking a class at Bryn Mawr or Haverford, just ask a Checker and they will take your meal off here and write you a pass to have a meal there.
Can I have a meal packed for me if I am student teaching?
We are happy to pack a meal for you to take along with you when you are student teaching. We can make a pack out for a single day or the entire semester. Please email Therese Hopson, Front House Manager, at email@example.com or Patti Woods, Dining Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call x8181 and leave a detailed message. You must contact us at least 48 hours in advance to arrange for meal packing.