WASHINGTON – College students at these campuses won’t find mystery meat or rubbery vegetables and burgers a regular at their university dining halls.
The Daily Meal ranked 60 colleges for the best food, and several local schools made the cut.
Virginia Tech ranked No. 3 on the list, with its YES program (you’re Eating (and Living) Smarter) nutrition program and Farms and Fields project getting nods for sustainability on campus.
James Madison University ranked No. 24, for offering a combination of national food-chains like Starbucks and Quiznos, locally known eateries and larger cafeteria-style options. The Daily Meal also noted JMU’s environmental conservation efforts, particularly its tray-less initiatives at a few campus eating locations.
The Daily Meal looked for colleges and universities that served up fresh, healthy and sustainable options, offered a variety of convenient eating locations and whose dining services had a unique menu or event that differed from the traditional campus dining program. The Daily Meal also looked at student feedback and evaluations when making its final list.
John’s Hopkins University, University of Richmond and William and Mary also made the list.