Meal Plans & Claremont Cash


All students living in the residence halls are required to commit to a meal plan. Students wishing to change their meal plan may request a change during the first week of classes each semester. The meal plan change requests can be made in writing to, and will be open for one week. Only increases can be made after this time.

The meal plans available are:

(The cost of each meal plan can be found on the main Pitzer Tuition & Fees website.)

  • 19 meal plan – 19 meals in a one week period including $190 flex dollars per semester
  • 16 meal plan – 16 meals in a one week period including $160 flex dollars per semester
  • 14 meal plan – 14 meals in a one week period including $140 flex dollars per semester
  • 12 meal plan – 12 meals in a one week period including $120 flex dollars per semester
  • 5 meal plan – 5 meals a week, no flex dollars (only available to CCA residents, off-campus students, or those who have been approved for a reduced meal plan)
  • 0 meal plan – No meal plan (off-campus students, or those who have been approved for a reduced meal plan).

Meal periods: There are three meal periods on weekdays (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two meal periods on weekends (brunch and dinner). So there are 19 meal periods per week. Students on the highest meal plan (the 16 meal plan) typically use their flex, Claremont Cash, or dine off-campus for the other 3 meals each week.

Meal plan dates: The meal plan is typically active starting on brunch on returning student move-in day (for fall and spring semesters) and ends at dinner on the day before the residence halls close (for winter break and summer break). For example, in Fall 2021, the first meal on the meal plan is Saturday, Aug. 28 brunch and the last meal will be Friday, Dec. 17 dinner.

Flex dollars (sometimes referred to as “Board Plus“) are included with the 19, 16, 14, and 12 meal plans (there are NO flex dollars with the 5 meal plan) and can be used for additional meals/snacks at any of the Claremont Colleges dining halls and wide array of eateries (Grove House, Pit Stop Café, Shakedown Café, etc.). Additional flex dollars cannot be purchased, however students can also use Claremont Cash for additional meals/snacks.

Claremont Cash, a credit applied to a student’s ID card, can also be used for laundry, vending machines, extra dining hall meals, both food and non-food items throughout the Claremont Colleges and at select merchants in the Claremont Village. For more information please visit

McConnell Dining Hall Meal Rates: For students who do not have a meal plan, who want to use their flex/board plus dollars for an extra meal, or who want to swipe in a guest, please refer to this PDF for the 2021-2022 meal plan door rates.

Green Box/Clamshell: Students are given one free green box each academic year. Students will pick-up the green box at a dining location and swipe their ID card to indicate they have checked it out. Students may then return a dirty green box and pick-up a fresh one for use at any dining hall location. Or, students may simply return a dirty green box and deposit it back to their account to use another day.

Students with Special Dietary Needs 

  • The dining hall has vegetarian and vegan meal options for each entrée.  
  • Students who are on a special diet, need a higher caloric meal, or have specific food allergies are encouraged to indicate this on their Housing Application. Students who have these special needs should contact Pitzer’s Dining Manager, Toni Morbitt, to discuss meal accommodations prior to arrival. 

Reduced Meal Plan Applications: All students who live on campus are required to be on at least the 12 meal plan unless the student has a specific medical condition that precludes them from being on a meal plan, or may need a reduced (5 meals) meal plan.

  • If you would like to apply for a reduced meal plan, please email
  • Students applying for a reduced, meal plan status due to a medical condition must provide documentation from their personal physician stating why they are unable to be on the meal plan and a list of foods that they cannot eat. An appointment must then be scheduled with Pitzer’s Dining Manager, Toni Morbitt, to evaluate if Dining Services can formulate a meal plan that meets the student’s dietary needs. If they are unable to meet the student’s dietary needs, the Manager will submit documentation to Pitzer Academic Support Services for review and approval.
  • All students are financially responsible for meal plan costs until notified in writing that there has been a change of status.

Dining Hall Hours During Breaks:

  • Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break – The residence halls remain open and the meal plans remain active.  The hours and location of the available dining services WILL change and will be emailed to the community before the break.
  • Winter Break – The residence halls close, the meal plans are NOT active, and typically all dining halls close as well.
  • Spring Break – The residence halls remain open, the meal plans will remain active, and the hours/location of the available dining services WILL change and will be emailed to the community before the break.
  • Summer – Meal plans are NOT available, but Claremont Cash is still an option.  Dining Halls have limited hours and the schedules will vary.
Pit Stop Cafe

Dining Options on the Pitzer Campus

McConnell Bistro, located in McConnell Center, is the main dining hall on campus and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Students can use their meal swipes, flex, Claremont Cash, or credit card for meals.

The Grove House is a craftsman-style home that serves as a restaurant and student center. The Grove House kitchen serves delicious homemade dishes made from locally grown food and also caters events.

The Pit-Stop Café is located in Bernard Hall facing the Scott Courtyard. The café serves coffee, specialty drinks, gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads.

The Shakedown Café is a student-run restaurant, located on the second floor of the Gold Student Center (GSC).