Let’s Eat! A Freshman’s Guide to OC Dining

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In just days Move-In Day will be here. Wondering if you should do some grocery shopping before heading to campus? Worried the food won’t be to your liking? Don’t worry – Chartwells food service has you covered. To give you an idea of the food options available, we’ve created a freshman’s guide to dining at The University of Olivet.


Known simply as the KC, the Kirk Center is home base for good eats on campus. Conveniently located, there’s no excuse to miss breakfast, lunch or dinner. From healthy options to comfort foods, Chartwells serves something for everyone.

You’ll want to rise and shine for breakfast because there’s a smorgasbord of fresh fruit, yogurt, hot and cold cereal, and main dishes such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage (sometimes both). There’s pancakes and French toast, too!

Why settle for a PB&J or microwaved mac and cheese you make in your room when you can have a made-to-order sandwich or wrap, pizza, salad bar or soup for lunch or dinner? And you won’t believe the fresh and homemade options served up every day, including world foods and American classics. Whether you’re looking for a protein punch before a big game or just the thing to satisfy a craving, you’ll find it on the lunch or dinner menu.

Students use their IDs to swipe in for meals and can also use their bonus meals to bring guests. Cash or cards may also be used to purchase a meal for parents, faculty, staff or members of the community. The door rates for faculty, staff, commuter students and all children age 5 to 12 are $2.90 for breakfast, $5.75 for lunch or brunch and $8.40 for dinner. The door rates for other guests are $4.35 for breakfast, $6.50 for lunch or brunch and $9.50 for dinner. Children 4 and under are free.


Breakfast: 7-9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (bagels, cereal and coffee): 9:30-10 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Soup, Salad and Deli: 1:45-3 p.m.
Dinner: 5-7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6 p.m.


Brand new to campus this fall, the Barker Cawood Lounge will soon be home to a Starbucks Coffee! The menu boasts many Starbucks classics and lots of great snacks to satisfy late night cravings too, including mini pizzas, Bosco sticks and rotating specials like chicken tenders. Use your meal plan points or pay with cash or cards. Open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday 4 – 10 p.m.


With all of these food options, there’s not much more you’ll need. But, if you do get a hankering for a certain cold beverage or flavored coffee, microwave popcorn or pizza, you can treat yourself while kicking back in your room. Students may have a microwave of 800 watts or less and a refrigerator that’s 4-cubic feet or smaller in their room. Just leave the George Foreman Grill, toaster, hot pot and deep fryer at home. Be sure to check out the list of things allowed and not allowed.

If you have questions about Chartwells and meal plans, especially regarding dietary restrictions, contact Brenda Hopkins, Chartwells’ administrative assistant, at bhopkins@uolivet.edu.


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