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 university policy, freshman and sophomore students are required to reside in University operated Residence Halls 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 meet one of the criteria below and contact the HawkCard Office with their request. Exceptions to the meal plan 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!
  • 15+ campus locations to choose from with a variety of choices at each location.

Yes. Meal plan changes will be accepted during the second and third weeks of fall semester and the first two weeks of spring semester. Changes are effective the following Monday. Changes to a meal plan may be made in person at the HawkCard Office (UC 250) or by using our online change form which is active during the change period.

*Students that are required to have a meal plan but have not signed up for one will automatically be enrolled in the 14 meals per week and $50 Add-on Dining Dollars.


Check out UW-W Dining Services to find out more information about where to use your meal plan at each campus dining location.

  • There are multiple ways you can check your Dining Dollar balance:
    • Any dining location. The cashier can complete a balance check when asked.
    • Stop by the HawkCard Office
    • Online 
    • Instructions to register and use eAccounts are here.
    • Or use the free “eAccounts” app on your smartphone. Search for “eAccounts” in your phone’s app store. Download to your phone or tablet. Instructions to register and use eAccounts are here.

Ask the Dietitian

UW-W Dining Services has an full-time on-campus Dietitian, Rachael Omdoll. Students are encouraged to reach out to the campus dietitian for any dietary meal accommodations. They can help navigate through campus and help find options that fit anyone’s personal needs. UW-W Dining Services shall make every effort to accommodate a student's special dietary needs. In most cases, an accommodation can be made.

Rachael is also available to help students individually reach their nutrition/health goals. Meeting with students one-on-one allows Rachael to build a connection with students and help them make small changes over time to accomplish their personal goal. All students, athletes and non-athletes, are able to meet with Rachael and discuss anything related to nutrition. 

Ask the Dietitian

Special Diets

UW-W Dining Services shall make every effort to accommodate a student's special dietary need. In most cases an accommodation can be made.  After the student has met with the campus dietitian and it has been determined that UW-W Dining Services is unable to satisfy a student’s special dietary need, the student will be directed to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff members will determine whether the student shall be released from any existing meal plan contract. Students will be required to provide written evidence from a physician that identifies specific circumstances that require special dietary consideration or exemption.  

Sick Meal Kits 

Sick Meal Kits are available upon request for those students who are unable to make it to the dining halls due to illness. Once a request is made, a member of the dining services team will contact you to confirm order and pick up details.

If you wish to cancel your meal plan, please refer to the dropdown at the top labeled "Am I required to have a meal plan?" to be sure you are eligible.

Click here to cancel your meal plan.

Click here to view the Meal Plan and Dining Dollars terms and conditions.