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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.

First-year and transfer students are required to have a meal plan and will be automatically enrolled in the Unlimited meal plan. Transfer students may reduce to the Bear Traditional meal plan. Residents of the West Campus House System are required to have a meal plan and will be automatically enrolled in the West Campus Unlimited meal plan.

Priced at what had been only a 14-meal-per-week meal plan level, the Unlimited Meal Plans are fully covered by financial aid for eligible students, and are a great value for everyone, including upperlevel students living off campus. In addition to unlimited visits to our residential dining rooms, the plan includes a supply of Big Red Bucks (BRBs) for use at the Cornell Dairy Bar and in our cafés, grills, and convenience stores.

Meal Plans for 2021-2022

Student meal plans are valid for the entire academic year and become binding when you sign the Dining Application or are automatically enrolled.

 Unlimited - $3,217 per semester; $6,434 per year

  • 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 - $2,986 per semester; $5,972 per year

  • 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 - $2,584 per semester; $5,168 per year

  • 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 - $2,208 per semester; $4,416 per year

  • 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 - $3,217 per semester; $6,434 per year

Please note: As a resident of the West Campus House System, you are required to have the House Meal Plan and will automatically be enrolled if you have signed a housing contract, but you have not selected a House Meal Plan.

House Affiliate - $613 per semester; $1,227 per year

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 limited to students who do not live in Campus Life housing and are not enrolled in a meal plan, (Exception: Students who will reside in Cascadilla Hall, Sheldon Court, Schuyler House, 112 Edgemoor, and Equity & Engagement Living-Learning Community for the 2021-2022 academic year and were enrolled at Cornell in the Spring of 2021 or prior can continue to enroll in these plans) 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 - $775.50 per semester; $1,552 per year

  • 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 - $651 per semester; $1,330 per year

  • 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 30, 2022.