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Meal Plans

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The fall 2019 meal plan selection period ends FRI., AUG. 23, 2019

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.

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 Meal Plan Cost | Meal Plans | Dining Dollars, Swat Points, and Garnet Cash | FAQs

Meal Plan Selection Process

All meal plan selections will be completed in the Housing Portal, accessible through MySwarthmore. If you have any questions about the process, you may contact Lynn Grady, Manager, Dining Services, at 610-328-8182.

  • Log into MySwarthmore.
  • In the "Student Information" section, select "Housing Portal" from the menu.  You will then be taken to the Housing Portal Website.
  • Under the “Meal Plan” tab at the top of the screen, choose “Select/Change My Plan.”
  • Select the “Fall 2019” Term.
  • Under the Dining Plan Menu, select “Select Dining Plan.”
  • Choose your desired meal plan.
  • After selecting your meal plan, you will see the message “Your dining plan selection was successful.”  You may return to this page until Friday, August 23 to change your meal plan by selecting “Change Dining 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.

Meal Plan Cost

The cost of each meal plan (with the exception of the Commuter plan) for 2019-2020 is $3,918.00 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.  

Meal Plans

All of the following plans include:

  • A late night snack equivalency.
  • 3 guest meals per semester.

SWAT Plan

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 Dining Dollars 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.

GARNET 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 Dining Dollars and $200.00 Swat Points. You can use 275 meals throughout the semester.

PHOENIX Plan

The Phoenix Plan includes block of 225 meals with $400.00 Dining Dollars and $300.00 Swat Points. You can use 225 meals throughout the semester.

PARRISH Plan

The Parrish Plan includes a block of 160 meals with $500.00 Dining Dollars 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; please note this does not include students living in Palmer, Pittenger, or Roberts dorms.

The PPR Apartment Plan includes a block of 160 meals with $200.00 Dining Dollars and $700.00 Swat Points. You can use 160 meals throughout the semester.

COMMUTER Plan

The Commuter Plan is offered only to students living off-campus.

The Commuter Plan offers 100 meals plus $100.00 Dining Dollars at a rate of $1,200.00 per semester.

You must pay for this plan in person, by credit, cash, or check, at the OneCard Office, located in Parrish 131A.

Dining Dollars, Swat Points, and Garnet Cash

Please note, "Points" have been renamed "Dining Dollars," for greater ease and clarity! Dining Dollars retain the same great features as Points.

Dining Dollars 

Dining Dollars can be used at college dining venues, which include Sharples, Essie Mae's Snack Bar, Kohlberg Coffee Bar and Science Center Coffee Bar. Dining Dollars do not carry over to the next semester.

Swat Points

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

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.

Meal Plan FAQs

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 Dining Dollars ($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 Dining Dollars 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.

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.​​​