2017 Best College Food Methodology

The 2017 Best College Food ranking is based on meal plan costs and student reviews. Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding on-campus dining—students can easily access healthy, quality food across a wide range of cuisines and dietary preferences. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Student Surveys on Campus Dining Student opinions about the quality of the campus food at the college they currently or recently attend(ed). Self-reported by Niche users 85.0%
Average Meal Plan Cost Average cost of meal plan, as reported by the college. U.S. Dept. of Education 15.0%

This ranking assesses 1,384 4-year colleges and universities. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Campus Food Grade for each ranked school as well as additional 4-year colleges. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.