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The meal plans listed below are offered by Residential Life to students who live off campus.
2012-2013 Meals Only Contract
Please visit the University Dining Services website for other commuting student meal plan options.
Students have many dining options available. Each plan has two components: a meal plan and a flex dollar plan. The meal plan determines the number of meals available for either the week or the semester. A flex plan is like a prepaid debit account that can be used at any of the campus dining facilities.
Unlimited Dine-In Access / Includes 65 Flex Dollars Per Semester
This ultimate meal plan is the closest thing to having your own kitchen. This plan allows you unlimited access to the Carkoski Dining Hall. Stop by at 11:30 for a quick lunch on your way to class, return for a snack mid-afternoon, and stop by again for a soda before dinner begins with this ultra-flexible plan. You can also choose, instead, to put together a sack lunch to bring with you for your day or take a hot meal back to your room.
The $65 per semester in Flex Dollars can be utilized at any dining location on campus at any time of the day. These Dollars carry over from fall semester to spring semester. Flex Dollars not used by the end of spring semester will be forfeited.
14 Meals per Week / Includes 150 Flex Dollars Per Semester
The 14 meals per week plan appeals to students who may only eat two meals each day and want to snack, or to those who want to eat all of their meals during the week. This plan ensures that you have meals available to you in the dining hall every week of the semester. One meal may be used during each of the three meal periods — breakfast, lunch (or brunch on weekends), and dinner. Sack lunches and hot take-out meals are available on this plan as well.
The $150 per semester in Flex Dollars included with this plan can be utilized at any dining location on campus at any time of the day. These Dollars carry over from fall semester to spring semester. Flex Dollars not used by the end of spring semester will be forfeited.
160 Meals per Semester / Convert Meals to Flex Dollars
This plan offers the ultimate flexibility to customize your meal plan. Start out with an allotment of meals for the semester, then eat as many (or as few) meals each week as you would like — up to 160 meals for the entire semester. Plus, add the unique ability to convert any of the 160 meals a semester into flex dollars at a rate of $5.10 per meal, twice a semester (by November 30 for fall semester and April 30 for spring semester). With this plan, you can determine whether you want more traditional meals in the dining halls or greater flexibility with Flex Dollars to be used at any dining venue on campus-and even shift back and forth between the two. Also available is the ability to take a sack lunch or hot meal out of the dining hall. Semesters are approximately 16 weeks long, resulting in an average of 10 meals per week.
Your converted Flex Dollars can be utilized at any dining location on campus at any time of the day. Converted Flex Dollars not used by the end of EACH SEMESTER will be forfeited.
200 Flex Dollars Per Semester / No Meals Included
The $200 per semester in Flex Dollars included with this plan can be utilized at any dining location on campus at any time of the day. These Dollars carry over from fall semester to spring semester. Flex Dollars not used by the end of spring semester will be forfeited. Students are welcome to use their Flex Dollars to buy meals in the dining halls at the per-meal door rate, as no specific number of meals are included in this plan. A limited number of these plans are available. Please contact us for information about availability.
Fall semester 2012 residents may change their meal plan through Friday, September 7. Fall semester residents of Crawford, Julia Sears, McElroy and Preska who have not chosen a meal plan by Sunday, August 19 will be automatically assigned the Maverick 14 plan. Residents of Stadium Heights who have not chosen a meal plan by this date will automatically be assigned the Maverick Flex plan. Meal plan changes may be made through the Friday of the second week of classes. The first meal offered by University Dining Services for fall semester is lunch on Friday, August 24.
Change requests received after September 7 will be considered for spring semester.
Spring semester 2013 residents may change their meal plan through Friday, January 25.
Choose the response that best describes you.
1. How many meals do you typically eat in a day?
C. 3 or more
2. How important to you is it to be able to eat at any time the dining hall is open?
A. I like some flexibility, but I don’t plan to eat there much.
B. I like some flexibility and I will eat primarily in the dining halls.
C. I want complete flexibility during dining hall hours!
3. Which statement will best describe your weekends?
A. I’ll go home a lot.
B. I’ll go home a few times during the semester.
C. I plan to stay in Mankato most weekends.
4. How often do you think you will eat breakfast in the dining halls?
A. Almost never
B. 1-2 days each week
C. Most days
5. How often do you think you will you eat lunch in the dining halls?
A. 1-2 days each week
B. Most days
C. Every day
6. Which sentence best describes you:
A. I won’t eat in the dining halls much, grab-and-go options will best fit my lifestyle.
B. I’ll want to eat twice a day in the dining halls, and I’ll be around for most weekends.
C. I’ll be eating in the dining halls just about every meal, all week long, and I may want to stop there for a snack or two throughout the day as well.
7. How often do you think you will eat in the Centennial Student Union, Chet’s Place, 1872 Grill or other fast food options?
A. Most meals
B. Sometimes (primarily snacks)
C. Not much
8. How well do you think you can keep track of the meals you have left?
A. I think I can easily keep track of my semester allotment of meals.
B. I want to be guaranteed I’ll have meals for each week of classes.
C. I don’t want to have to think about it--I just want to eat when I want to eat!
9. Count the number of meals you think you’ll eat in the dining hall in a typical week:
Monday Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Monday Lunch 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday Dinner 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday Lunch 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday Dinner 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Lunch 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday Dinner 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Thursday Lunch 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday Dinner 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Friday Lunch 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday Dinner 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Brunch 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10. How many meals did you count?
A. 0 – 11
B. 12 – 15
C. 16 or more
What Did You Choose?
Mostly A’s: We think you would like the flexibility of the Maverick 160 meal plan.
Mostly B’s: You will likely find the Maverick 14 meal plan a great option for you!
Mostly C’s: We recommend the Maverick AnyTime plan with its unlimited access to the Gage and Carkoski Dining Halls.