All first year college students are required to be on a meal plan for their entire first year at SSU. "First year college students" includes students who have recently graduated from high school and are enrolling at SSU for the first time. Some students, while in high school, enroll in community college classes and/or earn college credits through advanced placement courses. These students are still required to participate in the meal plan for their entire first year at SSU. This first year meal requirement applies whether students are living in suites (without kitchens) or in apartments which do have kitchens. The reason for the requirement is that, along with providing nutritional food choices, meal plan participation provides daily contact and interaction with a variety of other students and staff members. We have found that this interaction is very helpful in adjusting to and persisting through the challenges of the first year of college.
The yearly or semester rate is included with your Housing License Agreement as published on the Fee Schedule. Prior to moving onto campus you will receive information about specific meal plan options that offer a set amount of meals per week plus "cash" on a card to use at other Dining Services eating venues. For more information about Zinfandel Dining Hall or meal plans and prices visit Dining Services web site.
First Year Students With Special Dietary Needs
If you have special diet requirements, i.e. food allergies; Vegan, Kosher or other religious diet; or other dietary concerns, please contact Dining Services to verify that they can accommodate your diet BEFORE signing your campus housing license agreement. Once the License Agreement is signed, the meal plan can't be waived. The meal plan is a mandatory provision of the campus housing license agreement. In some circumstances, living off campus may be a better alternate to meet particular dietary needs.
Selecting A Meal Plan Option
There is only one meal plan option for first year college students. For 2013-2014 students will have an all-access plan which will allow them unlimited access to the Dining facility. Since the University will take ownership of the new Student Center the day before Move-In Weekend, the Zinfandel Dining Room will be the location for the meal plan program. Once Dining is up and running in the Student Center, residents will enjoy the variety of food and platforms available to them in the new dining facility.