Universities with…”Is It Food?”

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Bad food can ruin an evening, and even though college students infamously eat anything and everything, bad food every meal, every day is still hard to stomach. Campus dining halls, where hard-working young people are supposed to nourish themselves, sometimes serve little more than pizza and caesar salad that the staff buys in bulk. With the standard held in generally low esteem, it’s really something to be the worst of them all.

Each year the Princeton Review publishes its “Is It Food?” list, ranking the top 20 universities with the worst food. The list is compiled with a student survey question: “How do you rate the food on campus?” Over the past six years, 41 schools have made the list, and only four were listed every year, making it seem like those must have a outstandingly bad food.

Just as many of the schools that appeared on the “Best Campus Food” list also appeared on the “Happiest Students” list, many of the schools here, including the US Merchant Marine Academy, US Military Academy, US Air Force Academy, and US Naval Academy, also appear on the “Least Happy Students” list.

Here are the schools with the worst campus food:

The ‘Is it food?’ Rankings From 2015 to 2010

 

2015 Rank & School 2015 Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Rank 2012 Rank 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
United States Merchant Marine Academy 1 1 7 3 1 1
St. John’s College (NM) 2 4 6 NR NR NR
New College of Florida 3 2 2 2 10 3
Juniata College 4 7 NR NR NR NR
Drew University 5 3 9 15 NR NR
Bard College at Simon’s Rock 6 9 NR NR NR NR
Fordham University 7 5 1 7 19 13
Berea College 8 NR NR NR NR NR
Catawba College 9 8 8 8 20 19
Catholic University of America 10 13 17 16 NR NR
Southwestern University 11 NR NR NR NR NR
Hollins University 12 17 NR 20 18 14
Ohio Northern University 13 12 5 NR NR NR
Emerson College 14 14 NR NR NR NR
Denison University 15 16 19 NR NR NR
Randolph-Macon College 16 NR NR NR NR NR
The Evergreen State College 17 NR NR NR NR NR
Xavier University of Louisiana 18 NR NR 18 NR NR
Coe College 19 NR 20 NR NR NR
Austin College 20 NR NR NR NR NR
Wells College NR 6 3 4 7 2
Alfred College NR 10 11 9 NR NR
Hampden-Sydney College NR 11 4 12 NR NR
United States Military Academy NR 15 NR NR NR NR
State University of New York at Albany NR 18 13 5 5 6
Flagler College NR 19 14 10 16 17
Haverford College NR 20 NR NR NR NR
Hampton College NR NR 10 1 2 8
Amherst College NR NR 12 11 NR NR
Missouri University of Science and Technology NR NR 15 13 13 20
Hiram College NR NR 16 14 NR 12
Wesleyan College NR NR 18 6 11 5
Fisk University NR NR NR 17 4 4
Bard College (NY) NR NR NR 19 12 15
Centenary College of Louisiana NR NR NR NR 3 11
Eugene Lang College NR NR NR NR 6 7
United States Air Force Academy NR NR NR NR 8 9
Carnegie Mellon University NR NR NR NR 9 10
Howard University NR NR NR NR 14 NR
United States Navel Academy NR NR NR NR 15 16
Whittier College NR NR NR NR 17 18

Source: The Princeton Review

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