College is the first time most students live independently and are responsible for making meal choices on their own. In order to help students with this life transition and ensure they have access to a variety of healthy and convenient options during this busy time in their lives, UC offers meal plans.
What is a meal plan?
A meal plan is a pre-paid account for your on-campus meals. At the start of the term, you pay for all the meals you will eat in the dining centers for the semester. Then you just swipe your student ID every time you enter a dining area. All meal plans include Bearcat Card dollars (BCC) that provide added flexibility to use at other eateries on campus, such as the Food Court in Tangeman University Center (TUC).
Participation in the meal plan is an important part of the support system provided by living on campus. It is one element that enhances the academic efforts and social adjustment of new students and provides health and convenience benefits to all students.
First year students living on campus are required to purchase the All-Access Meal Plan. First-year residential students are identified by the year of their Tuition Guarantee Cohort listed in Catalyst, and not based on the number of college credit hours earned.
For example, if you’re applying for UC Housing during the 21-22 academic year and your code is TG2122, then the All-Access meal plan is required, even if a student has more than 30 academic credit hours. However, if your code is TG2021, the All-Access meal plan is not required.
Various options are available for upperclassmen living on or off campus as well as faculty and staff.
Included with a meal plan are the services of an on-campus registered dietitian nutritionist who offers tips for healthy eating in the dining centers, hosts special events and even provides opportunities for free, personal consultations.