Which meal plan is best for my student?

BGSU Retail Dining Locations

  • Einstein Bros Bagels
  • Forhan’s Cafe
  • Market Convenience Stores
  • Kreischer Late Night
  • Starbucks
  • The Teaching Kitchen
  • The Falcon’s Nest
  • The Sweet Shoppe

All-You-Care-To-Eat Dining Options

  • The Oaks Dining Hall
  • Carillon Place Dining Hall

By: Jon Zachrich, Director of Marketing and Communications, BGSU Dining

As students and families settle into the summer months, there is a common trend in the questions BGSU Dining receives, so I wanted to take some time and answer them for you.

Which meal plan is best for my student?

Without knowing your student personally, it’s hard for me to answer this question because it a personal preference. Because of this, BGSU Dining has created a tool called MyMeals Assistant to help guide your student to the best meal plan choice based on their responses.

What is the difference between Falcon Dollars and meal swipes?

Falcon Dollars (also known as retail dollars) refer to the retail portion of the Custom and Retail Meal Plans. These dollars can be used in any retail dining location to pay a la carte. These dollars may also be used to pay at the door at our all-you-care-to-eat facilities. Falcon Dollars may not be used off campus or at the BGSU Bookstore.

A swipe is when a student with a Custom meal plan presents an ID to enter an all-you-care-to-eat facility. Doing this constitutes the use of one "meal." Students with a residential meal plan may also use their swipes to acquire an "Equivalency Meal" in Market Convenience Stores located in Carillon Place, Offenhauer Towers and Kreischer.

Is BGSU Dining hiring for the fall?

Absolutely! We are looking for motivated, energetic individuals looking for an exciting job opportunity on campus. 

Students can find a list of our current positions and apply at Here are just a few benefits of working for BGSU Dining!

  • Associate incentives
  • Over $10,000 in scholarships awarded each year
  • Meal plan benefits – A minimum of four-hour shifts required 
  • Valuable training, knowledge and life skills that can transfer into your future career

Questions about dining? Additional FAQs can be found on our website, or you can contact us between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday using the following communication methods below and we will be happy to assist you.

Text: 216-868-4424
Account Questions: 419-372-7933


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