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College Dining Services

College dining services refer to those meals provided for students by their college or university. Typically, students pay for these services in advance and use them at will. At nonresidential colleges, food services are provided on a pay-as-you-go basis. As the population of students attending colleges has steadily increased, college food services not only serve more customers but also present more job opportunities to both students and nonstudents. This entry explores the history and transformation of college dining services in the United States.

Early History

When the great English universities were opened in the 12th and 13th centuries, they followed the model of monastic life. According to these traditions, all students dined at one time in one dining room, formally attired in academic robes. A large ...

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