What if I have modified food preferences not related to a medical need?
For students who do not have a diagnosed and documented serious medical condition but desire or require information for other reasons, such as faith-based dietary restrictions or avoidance of specific foods or ingredients based on personal choice (e.g., meat, dairy, gluten, etc.) Dining Services offers a number of resources:
- Menu Variety: The Dining Services menu committee ensures that an abundance of choices are offered throughout all locations.
- NetNutrition: An online nutritional analysis program available during the academic year that is a convenient way to determine ingredients and an estimated nutritional/caloric value of each meal in Anderson Commons. NetNutrition is available online and through a kiosk in the entrance of Anderson Commons.
- Education: Dining Services offers educational sessions based on demand throughout the year for students interested in maintaining certain dietary lifestyles while on campus.
If you have menu suggestions or would like to meet with a registered dietitian email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I am allergic or intolerant to a certain food?
If you have a food allergy or intolerance, please fill out the Dietary Modification Verification form and return it to the Counseling Center and Disability Services office. After verification of your medical need by Disability Services, you will meet with a Dining Services registered dietitian for a consultation and explanation of resources available. Registered dietitians are available to meet with any student with a Dining Plan. The Dining Services staff is also trained on safe food handling practices that prevent cross contamination and is available for questions to assist in food selection.
Students can also use NetNutrition to manage food allergies and intolerances. NetNutrition is an online nutrition analysis program available during the academic year that is a convenient way to determine ingredients and an estimated nutritional/caloric value of each menu item in Anderson Commons. This easy-to-use tool also offers a filter that allows students to remove menu items from their search based on common food allergies.
Concordia College Dining Services makes every effort to identify common allergens and instruct our staff on proper procedures, however all common allergens are present in our facilities and there is always a risk of cross-contamination. It is also possible that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change formulations without notice. Concordia College assumes no liability for adverse reactions. Patrons with questions or concerns about allergens should contact Dining Services.
What if I lose my Concordia College ID?
Please report lost Concordia College ID cards to Dining Services immediately. A new ID can be purchased in the Dining Services office for $15.
Why are upperclass students who live on campus required to have a Dining Plan?
Upperclass students who live in traditional residence halls on campus are required to have a Dining Plan. Traditional residence hall residents, regardless of class status, don’t have access to a full kitchen to prepare meals.
College housing that qualifies for the Sweet Corn and Niblet dining plans include:
How many guest passes do I receive with my Dining Plan?
The number of guest passes is based on which dining plan you have. Higher dining plans receive more guest passes because those students dine in Anderson Commons more frequently than those with a lower plan.
- Unlimited: 10 guest passes
- Gold: Eight guest passes
- Maroon: Six guest passes
- Kernel: Four guest passes
- Cobber: Two guest passes
- Sweet Corn: No guest passes
- Niblet: No guest passes
How many times can I come into Anderson Commons each day?
You can enter Anderson Commons as many or as few times per day as you would like! Hours for all Dining Services locations can be found here.
What happens if I have extra swipes left over at the end of the semester?
Unused swipes do not carry over from semester to semester. In order to get the best value out of your plan, make sure to check your balance regularly.
How do I keep track of my Dining Plan usage?
The balances of your Dining Plan Swipes, Dining Dollars, Cobber Cash and guest passes can be accessed at any time on the Dining Portal. The Anderson Commons checker can advise you of your balance at any time.
What if I’m sick and can’t come to Anderson Commons?
If you are feeling ill, your RA can call and arrange a sick meal package for you. Two Dining Plan entries will be deducted from your dining plan when you arrange to have a sick meal. Each sick meal package has enough nutrients and calories for one day’s worth of meals.
How do I sign up for a Dining Plan?
You sign up online using MyHousing. If you are living off campus or in on campus apartments, you may add a Dining Plan at anytime during the semester.
What Dining Plan am I eligible for?
Dining plan eligibility is based upon semesters lived on campus. Please see the Dining Plan Options chart for more information.
What Dining Plan should I select?
Dining Plan selection should be based on a number of factors, including activity level, distance from home, eating habits (including snacking) and financial considerations. Dining Services recommends first-year students consider the Unlimited dining plan for their first semester on campus for the following reasons:
- Provides unlimited access to Anderson Commons for meals, snacks, beverages and study spaces. Plus one late night swipe per evening in the Maize or Korn Krib.
- Helps students manage their budget by minimizing trips off campus for snacks and meals.
- Helps students connect with the Concordia community and improve academic success. A 2013 study demonstrated a positive correlation between the frequency students ate together and their GPA and perceived social support. Numerous studies have also indicated a positive correlation between healthy eating habits, which Anderson Commons supports, and academic performance.
- Unlimited dining plans eliminate the stress of managing a dining plan balance, which is helpful as first-year students adjust to college life.
Find an in depth look at each dining plan available to first-year students here.
When can students make changes to their Dining Plan?
Students can increase or decrease their dining plan each semester up to the full semester class add date. These changes can be made online, the first change is free of charge however additional changes may incur a $25 fee. After this date, students can only purchase additional 25 meal blocks; they cannot upgrade, downgrade or change to another plan.
- The dates to change your dining plan for Fall 2018 are March 2 - September 12, 2018.
- The dates to change your dining plan for Spring 2019 are December 15, 2018 - January 23, 2019.
If a student want's to drop their dining plan, they must come to the Dining Services office during the Dining Plan change period.
Are Dining Plans valid the entire year?
Unlimited, Gold, Maroon, Kernel, and Cobber Dining Plans automatically renew the first week of December for second semester. Students who wish to change their dining plan can change their Dining Plan online during the second semester dining plan change period which is December 15, 2018- January 23, 2019.
Sweet Corn and Niblet Dining Plans do not automatically renew for second semester. Students who wish to continue their plan or choose a new plan for second semester will need to sign up again online.
Do you provide travel meals when I am away from campus with a team or campus organization?
Yes. Travel meals are available to students with the Unlimited Dining Plan. Travel meals will be comprised of nonperishable components selected to provide a satisfying replacement for the meal you will miss. If you will miss an entire day, replacement components for three meals plus a snack will be provided.
In order to receive a travel meal, students must fill out the travel meal request form and submit it to Dining Services office with their coach or adviser's signature.
Can you use your Dining Plan for other people?
No. Dining plans are for each individual person. Guest passes are included with Unlimited, Gold, Maroon, Kernel, and Cobber dining plans to provide the opportunity to bring guests in to dine with you for free.
Can students add to their Dining Plan if they run out?
Yes, students with a Dining Plan can add Swipes for Anderson Commons or Late Night in the Maize or Korn Krib in increments of 25 anytime throughout the semester. Students can purchase this package online through MyHousing or in the Dining Services office. Students can also add additional Dining Dollars in $50 increments online.
Can students purchase additional Dining Dollars?
Students on a Dining Plan can add Dining Dollars in $50 increments. These additions can be made anytime throughout the year on the MyHousing website. Funds will be applied to the account 24 hours after the transaction. These transactions are billed to the student’s fee statement. First semester 2017 Dining Dollars expire on December 17 and second semester 2018 Dining Dollars expire on May 7.
What happens when a student withdraws from college?
Unlimited Dining Plan: Refund will be calculated on a percentage based on the week of the semester and Dining Dollars used. No refunds will be issued after the 8th week of the semester.
All other plans: Refund is based on number of Swipes and Dining Dollars used. No refunds will be issued after the 8th week of the semester.
What are Dining Plan Swipes and how do they work?
A swipe is included with every Dining Plan and is primarily used to access Anderson Commons. One swipe into Anderson Commons gives you all-you-care-to-eat access to all of the stations. Dining Plan holders may use as many swipes into Anderson Commons per day they choose.
After-hours when Anderson Commons is closed, a swipe can be used in the Maize or Korn Krib to purchase food. One swipe is equivalent to $8 in the Maize or Korn Krib. If your purchase exceeds $8, you may use another form of payment to cover the cost. Dining Plan holders may use one late night swipe in the Maize or Korn Krib per day.