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SLU One of Top Schools for Food: 'The Daily Meal'

Was standing in line an extra few minutes on Taco Day at Dana Dining Center worth it? According to a New York City food magazine it was.

The Daily Meal – a New York City-based food magazine that covers restaurants, food trends, healthy dining and cooking – once again has named St. Lawrence University among its listing of Best Colleges for Food in America.

The publication considered more than 2,000 American colleges and universities and narrowed its final list down to just 80 schools. The Daily Meal looked at specific efforts each college was making toward improving taste, nutrition and community and deciding what was really exceptional.

“Our mission is to provide high-quality food and service in a safe, friendly, comfortable environment,” said Cynthia Atkins, director of Dining and Conference Services. “It is good to know that the students feel that we are doing that.”

Dining Services operates a number of eateries on the St. Lawrence campus, including Dana Dining Center, Northstar Café in the Sullivan Student Center, the Grab & Go Café in Johnson Hall of Science, the Time Out Café in Newell Field House and Spartacus Café in Kirk Douglas Hall. Dining Services also works in partnership with North Country Grown Cooperative and other local businesses to provide local foods on our menus. 

Visit St. Lawrence University’s Dining Services for campus eatery locations, hours and menus

Several factors were considered in The Daily Meal’s ranking, including healthy food, sustainability, accessibility and service, and nutrition education. There’s also the “X-factor,” which looks for the fun side of the food scene on campus. The publication highlighted St. Lawrence’s “Recipes from Home program,” which has been in place since 1987. The program encourages students to share family recipes to be served in the dining halls, and themed events—such as Canadian Thanksgiving and the annual Adirondack Themed Dinner—tend to be popular with students.

View The Daily Meal’s profile of St. Lawrence University.