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Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/dining/university_dining.html


University Dining

The Department of Residential Life works closely with University Dining Services to ensure high-quality meals are available to campus residents. We provide a quality dining program that accommodates varied lifestyles and tastes. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to relay them to the Dining Services staff or to the Department of Residential Life.

University Dining Locations

Carkoski Dining Hall The Carkoski Dining Hall is located in Carkoski Commons between Crawford and McElroy. The dining center is an all-you-care-toeat area where students on a meal plan and other customers can enjoy a meal. The menu changes daily and offers a wide variety of entrees and daily favorites from which to choose. After you sign up for a meal plan, you can gain access to the dining hall by using your MavCARD. The Centennial Student Union (CSU) offers a wide variety of choices on two floors. Dining outlets accept cash, checks, credit card, MavCASH, and Flex Dollars. Hours of availability are posted in the CSU. Chet's Place is located in Carkoski Commons. Students are able to enjoy a convenience store and grill at this location. The 1872 Grill in Julia Sears features a grill, deli, and convenience store.

Dining Locations and Hours

The Department of Residential Life reserves the right to change serving hours.

Flex Dollars

All students living in the residence communities have Flex Dollars or meals that can be converted to Flex Dollars.  Once converted, Maverick 160 Flex Dollars may not be converted back to meals. (See the information under “Meal Plans” for the rules about converting meals to Flex Dollars.)

Using Flex Dollars, you can make purchases in all University Dining Services locations by presenting your MavCARD to the cashier. Your purchase is deducted from your account and your current balance is shown on the receipt, so it is easy for you to keep track of your money. If you are unsure of your current balance at any time, just ask a cashier to scan your card. Balances can be displayed without making a purchase.

Whenever your balance runs low, you can add Flex Dollars to your account. Depending on the Meal Plan, some Flex Dollar balances remaining at the end of Fall Semester will carry over to the spring semester, but do not carry over to the next academic year. Other Flex Dollar balances on the Maverick 160 plan remaining at the end of fall semester do not carry over to spring semester and do not carry over to the next academic year.

You are welcome to use your Flex Dollars to purchase a meal for your friends, however, you may not give your MavCARD to a friend to make purchases for you. University Dining Services cannot take responsibility for someone using a MavCARD that is lost or stolen.


If you have a friend or relative visiting you on campus, you may pay for their meals using your Flex Dollars. Cash, checks, and credit cards are also accepted at any of the dining facilities.

In-Room Meals

If you are sick and not able to come to the dining hall you may give your MavCARD to another student on a board plan to obtain a To-Go meal. That student will need to provide your MavCARD and his/her own MavCARD to the dining room manager.

To-Go Options

To-Go meals from the Carkoski Dining Hall are available to students on a meal plan whose classes, jobs, or athletic schedules do not enable them to eat during regular service hours. You can also use your Flex Dollars to purchase food items if you are unable to get to the dining hall when it is open.


We encourage you to share your suggestions and concerns regarding food service with the Carkoski Dining Hall manager at 507-389-1513.

University Dining Services Equipment and Serving Items

Dishes, silverware, glassware, and other equipment are the property of University Dining Services. These items may not be removed from the dining hall. Removal of these items constitutes theft and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.