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Undergraduate Meal Plans

Traditional Meal Plans

Cornell Dining's Traditional Meal Plans are open to all undergraduate and graduate/professional students, and feature a combination of dining room meals, Big Red Bucks for tax-free food purchases, and bonus meals for guests.

Meal Plans for 2020-2021

Please note that meal plan rates and contract periods have been modified to accommodate the adjusted academic calendar. Student meal plans are valid for the entire academic year and become binding when you sign the Dining Application.

 Bear All Access - $3,170 for fall semester; $3,659 for spring semester

  • Access to all meals during designated service periods in the ten residential dining rooms, including 104West! for all Shabbat, holiday, and special meals (except meals during Passover week, for which additional charges will apply)
  • $400 in Big Red Bucks (BRBs) per semester
  • 8 bonus meals (to be used for guests) per semester

 Bear Traditional - $2,721 for fall semester; $3,131 for spring semester

  • Up to 14 meals per week during designated service periods in the ten residential dining rooms (Additional charges will apply for Shabbat, holiday, and special meals in 104West!)
  • $400 in Big Red Bucks (BRBs) per semester
  • 4 bonus meals (to be used for guests) per semester

 Bear Choice - $2,545 for fall semester; $2,906 for spring semester

  • Up to 10 meals per week during designated service periods in the ten residential dining rooms (Additional charges will apply for Shabbat, holiday, and special meals in 104West!)
  • $500 in Big Red Bucks (BRBs) per semester
  • 4 bonus meals (to be used for guests) per semester

 Bear Basic - $2,213 for fall semester; $2,515 for spring semester

  • Up to 7 meals per week during designated service periods in the ten residential dining rooms (Additional charges will apply for Shabbat, holiday, and special meals in 104West!)
  • $500 in Big Red Bucks (BRBs) per semester
  • 4 bonus meals (to be used for guests) per semester

House Meal Plan

The House Meal Plan is limited to residents of the West Campus House System: Alice Cook House, Carl Becker House, Hans Bethe House, William Keeton House, and Flora Rose House.

In the West Campus House System, upperlevel students are not only part of an actively engaged living and learning community under faculty leadership, but they also enjoy the comforts of having their own dining room right where they live. Living in the House System includes a commitment to enrolling in the House Meal Plan.

House Meal Plan - $2,721 for fall semester; $3,131 for spring semester

 Please note: You will automatically be enrolled in the House Meal Plan if you have signed a housing contract, but you have not selected a House Meal Plan.

House Affiliate - $522 for fall semester; $597 for spring semester

A meal plan for current off-campus residents who previously lived for at least one semester in the House System: Becker House, Bethe House, Cook House, Keeton House, or Rose House.

  • $100 in Big Red Bucks (BRBs)
  • 3 meals per week at any dining rooms on West Campus, use this application to apply for a House Affiliate meal plan
To apply for a House Affiliate meal plan, please contact the Dining Contracts Office at dining@cornell.edu

Debit Meal Plans

Debit meal plans are available to undergraduate students who do not live in Campus Life housing (exception: residents of Cascadilla Hall, Sheldon Court, 112 Edgemoor, Schuyler House, and Equity & Engagement Living-Learning Community residents may enroll in the Off-Campus Value Debit Plan or the Flex 10/500 Debit Plan) and are not enrolled in any other meal plan, in addition to all graduate/professional students. Note that you must enroll in a meal plan before you can add funds to your Big Red Bucks balance. 

Off-Campus Value - $755.25 per semester

  • 45 meals per semester during designated service periods in the 10 dining rooms (including 104West!. Additional charges apply for Shabbat, holiday, and special meals without a reservation at 104West! and Passover week meals)
  • $150 in Big Red Bucks each semester
  • 4 bonus meals (to be used for guests) per semester

Flex 10/500 - $647 per semester

  • 10 meals per semester during designated service periods in the 10 dining rooms (including 104West!. Additional charges apply for Shabbat, holiday, and special meals without a reservation at 104West! and Passover week meals)
  • $500 in Big Red Bucks each semester
  • Excludes holiday and special meals

Just Bucks - $500 per semester

  • $500 in Big Red Bucks

A non-refundable $50 administrative fee will be charged once each academic year for any of these Meal Plans.

Your meal plan agreement will be for a full year. It will be billed in two increments, on your bursar bill in July and December. For all debit meal plan options, Big Red Bucks can be used in any Cornell Dining facility to purchase your own meals, but not to purchase meals for guests. Any debit balance carries over from the fall semester to the spring semester. Any unused dining room admissions do not carry over. Your swipes and BRBs for spring semester will be added automatically, based on the terms of your plan. Any Big Red Bucks balance must be used by May 22, 2020.