Baylor University holds the claim of the largest Baptist institution of higher learning in the entire world and the oldest college in Texas, founded in 1845. Baylor requires incoming freshman to live on campus and purchase a meal plan. No matter how much info you read about meal plans online, nothing compares to learning first hand which meal plans work best with the campus life. This article explores the pros and cons of the different meal memberships for both freshman and continuing students at Baylor University.
The unlimited plan entices young freshmen with the easiest way to take care of board during the semester, you never need to go to the grocery store during the semester, right? Not exactly, unless you live in the newly designed Brooks College you still need to purchase Sunday dinner meals (assuming you eat dinner) because all the other dining halls close Sunday night to allow students to participate in church activities. The ability to grab a quick snack between classes or some ice cream before bed does sound convenient, but at $2,200 a semester the cost conscious student might want to consider a meal plan that comes with dining dollars to purchase meals at off campus locations.
The other choice freshman who do not live in Brooks College have for a meal plan boil down to the Works 16 meals per week and the Classic 11 meals per week. The Works costs $1,780 a semester and comes with $100 in dining dollar credits accepted at any participating restaurant on campus or close to it. Choosing the Classic plan will only save you $100 a semester while taking away 70 meals a semester. Frankly, it takes a real cheap individual to not fork over what amounts to about $1.50 a meal and chances are any replacement meal will cost five times as much. Which one gives the best bang for your buck? As a freshman I found the Works as the optimal meal, enough to eat two times a day and $100 paid for most of my Sunday meals. The Unlimited sounds tempting but chances are your student will not eat enough meals to justify and extra $800, unless you attend Baylor on a full ride.
What about upperclassmen living off campus? Unless you really hate cooking at home or only eat one large meal a day you want to have some meal plan for those long night in the library where you just want to grab a quick meal and get back to studying. The Light Eater plan allows three meals per week and $250 in dining dollars credit, a good estimate for the amount of times anyone would desire to eat cafeteria food.