James R. Connor University Center

Meal Plans & Dining Dollars

The UW-Whitewater Dining Services meal plans provide exceptional value for both students residing in University Housing and off-campus members of the University community. The UW-W Dining Services meal plan program provides you with a wide variety of fresh meals to choose from all day long,  AND they offer the convenience of no clean up or shopping for food.

According to policy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents,all freshman and sophomore students are required to reside in University operated Residence Halls including, Cambridge apartments, during the academic year. If students wish to be exempt from the "Residency Requirement," they need to file the Application for Exemption form prior to signing a housing contract.

As stated in the University Housing Contract, "if you are a freshman or sophomore, you also agree to subscribe to one meal plan offered at the University."

If students wish to be exempt from the "Meal Plan Requirement," they need to contact the HawkCard office. The staff there will refer them to the appropriate office to assist them with their request. Exceptions to this policy include:

  1. Students who have completed 60 credits or more.
  2. Married students.
  3. Veterans.
  4. Students who have resided in the residence halls for at least two full years.
  5. Students recognized by the University as having independent status.
  6. Students with junior, senior, or commuter status.
  7. Students 21 years of age or older. 

Exemptions to the mandatory meal plan policy will not be granted for employment reasons, class schedule conflicts, or for financial hardship. Exemptions requested due to medical conditions will be referred to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).

There are lots of reasons why you should sign up for a meal plan:

  • Multiple entrees per meal in each of the dining halls, including: vegetarian, a variety of home-style dishes, and international flair, you can be sure to satisfy your appetite!
  • You won't have to race back to your room, trying to cook up a nutritious meal.
  • Eat with your friends on campus.
  • Don't worry about needing cash to get a bite to eat!
  • 10+ campus locations to choose from with a variety of choices at each location.