New Building. New Dining Plan.

With the opening of the Bowes Center comes vastly expanded food service options to meet student needs. We are building this program from the ground up, and will continue to add dining options over time.

Chef Loretta Keller

We’ve partnered with Chef Loretta Keller, known for her work at San Francisco’s Coco500 (a regular on the SF Chronicle Top 100 restaurant list). After founding her catering business along with Operations Director Clay Reynolds, together they spearheaded the launch of the Exploratorium’s Seaglass Restaurant, which feeds hundreds of students and families every day. Now they’ve been operating restaurants and food service venues in the city for more than 15 years, are passionate proponents of utilizing high-quality, seasonally appropriate ingredients, and are bringing their experience creating healthy, locally sourced meals to the SFCM community.
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Requirement and Eligibility

A dining plan is required for all full-time collegiate students enrolled at SFCM. The dining plan contract is for an academic year and is billed by semester. Students will be automatically enrolled in the minimum dining plan that is required based on their campus residency status and class year. Students may choose to enroll in a larger dining plan option. A dining plan selection from the fall will automatically be assigned in the spring and be billed accordingly.

Minimum Requirement On-Campus Residency Off-Campus Residency
Returning students in all degree programs, Fall 2020, and continuing until completion of the student’s current degree program
Returning students coming for a new degree program, Fall 2020, and continuing until completion of the student's new degree program
Silver Dining Plan No Requirement
Undergraduate students starting in Fall 2020 and after, and continuing for the entire Residency Requirement Period of three years in housing Gold Dining Plan Bronze Dining Plan
Graduate students starting in Fall 2020 and after, and continuing until completion of the student’s degree program Silver Dining Plan Bronze Dining Plan
Dining Plans Academic Year Declining Balance Per Semester Declining Balance
Gold Dining Plan $5,000 $2,500
Silver Dining Plan $2,500 $1,250
Bronze Dining Plan $1,000 $500

As long as a student maintains an active spring dining plan, unused declining balance will transfer from the fall semester to the spring semester. Declining balance funds are non-refundable at the conclusion of the academic year.

Dining plans are intended for individual use only. The dining plan holder is the only person who will have access to the dining plan. All dining plans are billed and charged to individual accounts and placed on each student's ID card for their personal use.

Exemption Petitions

Dining Plan Exemption Petitions are considered by the Office of Student Affairs for well-documented, extraordinary circumstances. A student making a request to be released from the Meal Plan Contract is asking for an exception. An approval of the petition is not automatic and is generally given only for well-documented extraordinary circumstances. Meal plan refunds will be calculated based on the day the Dining Plan Exemption Petition is approved.

SFCM can accommodate students with allergies to gluten, wheat, soy, shellfish, dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts as well as vegetarian and vegan dietary restrictions, so citing these dietary restrictions are not typically approved as a reason to be released from the dining plan.

Requests for exemption for financial reasons will be reviewed with the SFCM Financial Aid Office.

Students may contact the Office of Student Affairs Dining Services at with inquiries.

Dining Plan Change Period, Payments, and Adjustments

All students may choose to increase their meal plan from the minimum required plan during the meal plan change period. Dining Plan Change Period for fall semester is from June 15 to July 31. Dining Plan Change Period for spring semester is from December 1 to December 15.

Payment is due in accordance with the deadlines established by the SFCM Business Office. The SFCM Dining Plan is a charge placed on the student term bill each semester.

Dining plan usage charges are calculated on a daily rate and the date a change is made. If a student withdraws or takes a long term leave of absence from SFCM, any refund will be based on the day the withdrawal or leave of absence is processed by the Office of Academic Affairs and Registrar. Used and expired block meal swipes and declining balance funds will be deducted from any eligible refund.


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