The search for the right college is a difficult undertaking for any high school student. There are majors to consider, extracurricular activities, sports, religion, study abroad, dormitories, campus locations and, of course, cafeterias. My college search involved a week-long tour of Wisconsin and Minnesota with my parents (it was a long week) on a quest to find The Perfect College. We followed backwards-walking tour guides across manicured lawns, peeked into occupied dorm rooms and sat in on band rehearsals. And although it might seem shallow, one of the most important aspects of my college search was the quality of the food.
Colleges have become more competitive about their dining services over the past ten to fifteen years since many students are no longer willing to accept the mystery-meat style cafeterias that my parents tolerated in the 1970s. They ordered pizza several times a week and faced the meager iceberg lettuce at the salad bar with trepidation. I decided early on that the food I would eat for four years had to be varied, healthy and delicious.
I chose to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota for many reasons, including their #3 nationally-ranked cafeteria. Recently, St. Olaf was rated #1 in the US for great college food by Newsweek’s Daily Beast. With a cafeteria that features multiple stations, a well-stocked dessert bar and a commitment to healthy, sustainable food, I can understand why.
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