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AMHERST, MA - OCTOBER 4: The lunch crowd gathers at a UMass Amherst dining hall in Amherst, MA on Oct. 4, 2017. According to one rating, UMass Amherst has the best campus food in the country. As much as 30% of food served is locally sourced. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

UMass Amherst dining

AMHERST, MA – OCTOBER 4: The lunch crowd gathers at a UMass Amherst dining hall in Amherst, MA on Oct. 4, 2017. According to one rating, UMass Amherst has the best campus food in the country. As much as 30% of food served is locally sourced. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)


When choosing which college students want to go to, food is probably lower on the list. You’d think academics, sports, campus life, location are all priorities. However, if a college campus has good food, that may be a tipping point. The Princeton Review releases a list every year of the best food on college campuses nationwide. According to The Princeton Review: “Our 50 annual college rankings lists are entirely based on what students attending the schools in our Best Colleges book tell us about their colleges and their experiences at them via our student survey for this project. Each ranking list reports the top 25 colleges (of the 388 in the book) in a specific category.” In regards to this particular food survey, it was as simple as asking students on each campus “How do you rate the food on campus?” According to a statement “We’re truly honored and humbled by such lasting recognition,” Auxiliary Enterprises executive director Ken Toong said in a statement. “Being consistently ranked at the top would not be possible without our dedicated, talented and hardworking team, and our students who recognize these efforts.” This is actually the sixth year in a row Umass Amherst has received this honor that is already posted on the college website. You can see the article HERE. According to the site, they are the “largest dining program in the country” and that “UMass Dining emphasizes locally sourced foods while delivering healthy, sustainable, delicious, diverse and authentic culinary experiences. Renowned for its special dining events and culture of excellence, UMass Dining is led by Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises.” Believe it or not, Umass Amherst isn’t the only New England school in the top 10. Below is a list of the top 13 schools for campus food nationwide. If you want to add another school to the list, let us know.

  • #13 St. Olaf College

    St. Olaf College

    About St. Olaf doesn't produce ordinary college grads. It turns out Oles (Oh-Lees). St. Olaf's 3,000 students come from 95 countries, nearly every state, and a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds. Oles choose from more than 85 majors, concentrations, and pre-professional tracks within the intense liberal arts academic program.

  • #12 Scripps College

    Scripps College

    Academics Scripps College has an "absolutely gorgeous" campus and terrific Southern California vibes, but the reason applicants clamor to attend is because of its "dedication to empowering female voices and education."

  • #11 Virginia Tech

    Virginia Tech

    Academics Virginia Tech is a school with a reputation as big as its campus. Known for its "beautiful campus, amazing community feel, top-notch engineering field," and as a "good value"not to mention its renowned athletics-Virginia Tech offers "a perfect blend of challenging and fun, encompassed in an unparalleled community feel."

  • #10 University of Dayton

    University of Dayton

    Academics University of Dayton, a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition, has done a tremendous job fostering a sense of community throughout the campus. Dayton is an institution that places an emphasis on service, and undergrads feel that the school is the "perfect size."

  • #9 University of Richmond

    University of Richmond

    The University of Richmond, a private, liberal arts university, provides a collaborative learning and research environment unlike any other in higher education, offering students an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts with law, business, leadership studies, and continuing education.

  • #8 Kansas State University

    Kansas State University

    Academics With more than 150 years of traditions and achievements on the record, Kansas State University is the nation's first operational land-grant university, offering more than 250 undergraduate majors and programs across three campuses, as well as various global online courses.

  • #7 Skidmore College

    Skidmore College

    Academics Just 30 miles north of Albany lies Skidmore College, a small liberal arts school that is home to around 2,500 students. Skidmore thrives on combining academics with creative expression, and the school works to cultivate students who want to explore ideas across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

  • #6 Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt University

    About Situated on a beautiful 340-acre campus in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University consists of 10 schools, four of which offer undergraduate programs. The combination of excellent academic rigor, a vibrant campus life, and an urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from around the world and consistently earns the university a top 20 ranking among the "Best National Universities" from U.S.

  • #5 Pitzer College

    Pitzer College

    Academics Just outside of Los Angeles, Pitzer College is a "socially responsible and progressive" liberal arts and sciences college with "great academics" and "active students" and that "feels like a second home."

  • #4 Cornell University

    Cornell University

    Academics The westernmost of the Ivies, Cornell University provides its students with a prestigious education, paired with "an unwavering commitment to leave a positive impact on the world." The school is "more than a bunch of books and exams-it's an experience that challenges students to break free from their comfort zones."

  • #3 Washington University in St. Louis

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Washington University has a reputation as a premier university - one that enables students to create their own real-world success. At WashU, we know discovery starts with big aspirations and progress comes from passionate persistence. Together with our peers, professors, and alumni, we set out to change the world.

  • #2 Bowdoin College

    Bowdoin College

    Academics Bowdoin College is a small college in Brunswick, Maine, with faculty who are "passionate about their research and distributing their knowledge to hardworking students." Professors here "are absolutely fantastic" and "teach every class-[no teaching assistants]." They are "brilliant at leading discussions and pushing students to think deeper and, delightfully, stranger [in order] to consider new possibilities off of well-worn paths."

  • #1 Umass Amherst

    University of Massachusetts-Amherst

    Academics Located on a sprawling, rural campus just 90 miles outside of Boston, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is the flagship institution of the UM system. The public research university services more than 24,000 undergraduates across one hundred majors, and classes incorporate "various group and independent work" and "new study methods," including "full discussion-based classes, lab walks, and interesting project formats."