Some time ago, we took a deep look into whether meal plans at NC State were worth it and this is what we came up with: it depends. What does it depend on? It depends on whether you’re going to actually use it or not and how many times you think you’ll miss a meal. It’s a reality we all face.
The dining halls are farfrom a bad deal when you consider exactly what you are getting (all you can eat, daily menu changes, distance from classes/dorms). However, much like concessions at football games or restaurants at amusement parks, you aren’t paying for food, you’re paying for convenience.
So should you get a meal plan? As with most college questions, “it depends”. Under very few circumstances could you consider it a rip-off but for the most frugal college students or those working their asses off for tuition and recreational cash, a meal plan may be a luxury that isn’t that hard to lose.
For a little bit deeper look into the good, the bad, and the ugly of NCSU Dining Plans, check out this article from last April.
|Plan||Cost||Per Week Totals|
|Meals||Cost||Cost/Meal||% Avg Income|
|8 Meals per Week||$940.00||8.00||$53.93||$6.74||6%|
|10 Meals per Week||$1,120.00||10.00||$64.26||$6.43||7%|
|12 Meals per Week||$1,230.00||12.00||$70.57||$5.88||7%|
|100 Meals Per Sem||$780.00||5.74||$44.75||$7.80||5%|
|130 Meals Per Sem||$1,015.00||7.46||$58.24||$7.81||6%|
|160 Meals Per Sem||$1,190.00||9.18||$68.28||$7.44||7%|