Meal Plans

We asked current students to think back to their freshmen year and what they wish they had known.  Their advice is below.


Get the smallest meal plan. Students eat off campus far more than I ever expected.

No one really gets or needs the unlimited meal plan unless they are a student-athlete (also, SAVE YOUR FOOD DOLLARS!!!)

Buy the unlimited meal plan. This gives you the most flexibility and makes sure you never go hungry.

The Pit is really good for college dining food and there are many meal plans that work for different appetites. I don’t eat like a football player so I got the second option (Base plan I think?) and it was a perfect amount of swipes/meals etc. and I still had leftovers at the end of the semester.

Do not get the unlimited meal plan unless you eat ALOT. I had the meal plan below that and at the end of first semester I had 56 pit swipes left. I had 60+ pit swipes at the end of second semester. I would generally eat breakfast in my dorm, and sometimes you go off campus to eat or eat dinner provided by an organization. I would not worry about being short food swipes Freshman year. In fact, my friend and I had so many pit swipes left in April second semester, we would swipe in just to get some bananas or pit cookies.

I went with the biggest plan my freshman year and it was definitely way too much- and this is coming from someone who eats a large amount of food and was scared she didn’t have a big enough meal plan. Definitely go for the middle plan.

As far as meal plans, I had the unlimited and would suggest that to any incoming freshman. It’s definitely a lot (or maybe even too much) but it allows you to eat without worrying about your balance or running out. Having unlimited swipes in the pit was especially nice because you never have to say no when asked to eat with someone and you can swipe in just to grab an apple or something quick without feeling guilty or wasteful!

Think about how much you eat at home and then subtract from it. Get more food dollars than Meal Swipes. Unless you have 2 hrs in between every class you just don’t have time to go to the Pit for every meal. If you don’t get more Food Dollars. Go to the grocery store and get easy to make meals for your dorm room. If you desperately need to get off campus, you’ll have ways.

Ask for a receipt after you swipe your deacon card about once a week to keep track of how many Old Golds, pit swipes, and food dollars you have left! 

Be open-minded about the food in the Pit. It is a rite of passage for university students to complain about campus meal plans, but the food at Wake is really very good, and there are lots of choices, so try to eat varied meals and remember to make healthy choices (with treats every now and then!)  


Editorial note:  The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence.  In come cases, comments were combined with others.  When we had students responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis.  In the event a student offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included.  These comments represent the views of the student commentators, not the views of the Parent Programs office or Wake Forest.