Most Vegan Friendly College?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is hosting contests to see which college or university is the most vegan-friendly. There are two contests for 64 American and 16 Canadian schools. In the American competition, there will be a winner in a division for large schools and one for small schools. They have a March Madness style bracketing of competitors listed on their website.

So far the University of Colorado has defeated the University of Texas, the Florida Gators have bested Virginia Commonwealth, and UCLA beat UC-Santa Cruz. These contests were decided in the first round with the winners moving on to the second. Four rounds are held to determine the last two contenders who go into the final to see who is the most vegan friendly.

Last year’s winners were Wesleyan University in the American school category. They won for serving students dishes like veggie chicken red curry with steamed broccolini and organic jasmine rice, three-mushroom vegan ragu with penne pasta, and barbecue seitan The most vegan friendly Canadian school was McMaster University. They served items like soy chicken bruschetta wraps, Shanghai noodles, and vegetarian chili.

In this year’s small college competition so far Evergreen has defeated Lewis and Clark, and Northwestern defeated the University of Chicago. You can see the rest of that bracket on their website.

A dietitian for Colorado State University, Britney Stuard said, “The health benefits of being a vegan come from the entirely earth-based diet. But a lot of students choose veganism because it promotes the humane treatment of animals, and is more eco-friendly CSU is in the PETA vegan tournament for the first time this year.”

Another hopeful is Kent State University. Students there worked with PETA in order to gather over 2,000 signatures on a petition to have more vegan fare offered by the campus food outlets. The university responded by providing more fruits and vegetables, mainly from local farmers. There is also now a program for students who can call a phone number and order vegan food so it is ready for them when they pick it up. About twenty menu options are available for this program.

PETA has been evaluating vegan friendliness on campuses for the last five years, and has published a vegan college cookbook with 275 recipes.

Image Credit: J.E. Fee

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Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins4 years ago

All colleges should be vegan friendly!

I'd be happiest if all colleges were exclusively vegan. Cut out the meat the way we want to cut out dissection and vivesection!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for the great article.

Annemarie W.
Annemarie L7 years ago

Come on Florida State, where you at??

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog7 years ago

Wow, so glad to hear that the colleges are getting into it...wish there was something like that for offer in Australia - we get vegetarian and vegan options here of course, but more in restaurants rather than at universities - when we have catered lunch meetings/lectures at med school or the hospital, we basically get sandwiches with very few vegetarian choices, and no vegan choices at all. Perhaps it will slowly get popular here too...

Lika S.
Lika P7 years ago

The red curry sounds good.

Steve R.
Steve R7 years ago

Gotta love that PETA and it's crazy antics.

I guess if you're a member of a minority group like vegans, it is pretty important to find a college that will actually serve
"veggie chicken red curry with steamed broccolini and organic jasmine rice, three-mushroom vegan ragu with penne pasta, and barbecue seitan".

"veggie chicken red curry"...... hmmmm?

"steamed broccolini and organic jasmine rice, three-mushroom vegan ragu with penne pasta, and barbecue seitan" - yummy.

And PETA no doubt, really - no really.... believes that the whole world could mutate to dishes like this - gosh - even Africa and India. And actually learn what they are, find out where to get them, and grow to love them. MMMMM!

Those Brits have to give up their bangers and mash, and fish and chips. The Germans should get all their pork confiscated and give up sausage altogether.

Am I actually commenting on this subject? "Vegan friendly colleges"??? Must be the steak addling my brain!

Dawn Z.
Dawn A7 years ago

I like that colleges are recognizing and implementing veg friendly menus.

Christopher Fowler

Stupid contest, but then again, it did come from Peta.

Peta is nothing but a cult organization that takes the money from gullible followers and puts it into lies, eco-terrorism and other attempts to force their agenda of lies and their cult on the rest of the world.

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago


Cynthia T.
Cynthia T7 years ago

Fantastic contest!!! Awareness is the key to change. Any parent out there should check their children's school lunch program to see what food is offered. If it's not up to par, make a request to add vegetarian or vegan food. Most parents don't even know what their kids are eating in school these days. Most is junk finger food that doesn't require cooking. That's why Chef Jamie Oliver from the UK has been traveling around the USA to make more people aware of what they're eating, particularly in schools. Don't be afraid to ask the principal, school committee or whoever is in charge of the lunch program at school. The more parents who ask, the more changes will be made.