10 Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges

basket-of-vegetablesAccording to the Vegetarian Resource Group and the Vegetarian Times, 7.3 million Americans are vegetarians. If you are one of those people, you might be concerned about your dining options at college. Don’t worry! There are plenty of amazing vegetarian-friendly colleges out there that you might want to consider during your college search. According to PETA, here are 10 vegetarian-friendly American colleges and universities, including some reviews from your fellow Cappex users!

10) University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA

Louis from Weeki Wachee, FL says, “Excellent food and dining services, the food is great, there is a wide variety and great amount of options.”

Mengzhou from Stoneham, MA says, “There’s a decent amount of options, especially the vegetarian options at King’s Court.”

9) Northwestern University – Evanston, IL

Melissa from Florida says, “The dining halls are nice and provide a lot of healthy options. It has also been ranked to be the most friendly to vegetarians and vegans.”

Jack from Littleton, CO says, “Northwestern is one of the top universities in the country for vegetarian eating. The cooking staff prepares global cuisine, and the deserts are excellent!”

8) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Champaign, IL

Amanda from Lisle, IL says, “The dorm food is amazing! The meal plans allow you to pick up food from university convenience stores as well as eat in all of the dining halls. The dining halls had tons of options, lots of healthy variety, and plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and kosher meals.”

Kayla from Peoria, IL says, “There is always something to eat on campus that you will enjoy. There are at least ten different dining halls on campus that each have their own menu, as well as many specialty restaurants for those that are vegetarian or vegan.”

7) University of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA

Bridget from Albuquerque, NM says, “The food is great, and there are many options even for those on special diets. There is an entire section dedicated to vegan/vegetarian, and there are plenty of gluten-free options.”

Carrie from Beaverton, OR says, “The choices are pretty broad, and it’s very high-quality, especially for college food–and largely vegetarian/vegan. We have pasta, burritos, Asian food, a table just for vegetarian/vegan options, a hamburger/fried fare grill, sandwiches, soups, and an awesome pizzeria.”

6) SUNY at Purchase College – Purchase, NY

Andrea from Carmel, NY says, “Purchase is known for being one of the most vegetarian/vegan friendly campuses in the country. There is a wide variety of healthy foods to choose from as well as good old junk food …. Terra Ve is the campus’s all vegetarian dining hall.”

Dani from Mastic Beach, NY says, “There are many different options, including vegan, which is great.”

5) University of South Florida – Tampa, FL

Monica from Miami, FL says, “There are amazing buffets on campus that I definitely recommend to all students of all eating types. I am a vegetarian and I was amazed at all of the options available for me.”

Krystal from Cape Coral, FL says, “They make an effort to be health conscious and do their best to let you know what is in the food. Each dining site has vegetarian and vegan options … They have made steps to be more green, implementing a reusable to-go box system that has reduced a lot of on-campus waste.”

4) University of California-Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, CA

Monica from Vista, CA says, “There are lots of vegetarian and vegan options. A portion of the produce in the dining hall is grown organically at the UCSC farm right here on campus!”

Daneshia from Oakland, CA says, “The best organic/vegan food I’ve ever had. Very diverse and healthy food choices.”

3) American University – Washington, DC

Kerri from Gettysburg, PA says, “You can definitely eat more healthily in the cafeteria at American than many other schools, and they provide gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.”

Jack from Santa Rosa Beach, FO says, “The main cafeteria is an all-you-can eat wonderland with ice-creams, cereals, and pizza and burger bar, and (my favorite) so many vegetarian and vegan options!”

2) Oberlin College – Oberlin, OH

Stacy from Columbus, OH says, “Oberlin’s general views on sustainability and healthy living are clearly reflected in the food and dining. The dining services at Oberlin have a wide variety of mostly locally and organically grown foods. There are also generous options for vegetarians and vegans. There is always fresh fruit and a very complete salad bar at every meal.”

Anthony from Spokane, WA says, “Very good vegetarian options for people like me.”

1) Wesleyan University – Middletown, CT

Brendan from Middletown, CT says: “All dining areas on campus offer vegetarian- and vegan-friendly meal options, as well as any other food allergy or preference that students might have.”

Thomas from Houston, TX says: “The food is awesome! There are a lot of cafes you can stop by if you just want a quick snack, but if you have time to sit down and eat there is the main dining hall which is a buffet. There is a wide range of food and there is also a lot of healthy food.”

Do you attend any of the colleges and universities above? We welcome your comments below!

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