For many college students, the biggest issue they face in school doesn’t involve finding a major, but simply finding something to eat! Especially if you’re a practicing vegetarian or vegan, the pickings can be rather slim in the dining halls.
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you may want to check out College Prowler’s “Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options” ranking, with an eclectic top 10 of schools from around the country, from Bowdoin College (no. 2) in Maine to Lewis & Clark College (no. 10) in Oregon.
And what’s the no. 1 school? Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. In fact, in addition to Pitzer, California has three other schools in the top 10: Pacific Union College (no. 6), Stanford University (no. 7), and University of California – Davis (no. 8).
What makes these schools friendly toward students with strict dietary needs? Options!
Pitzer College often offers organically grown vegetables, nuts, grains, and fruits, and works with Bon Appetit’s Farm to Fork initiative to buy local produce from farmers who use sustainable practices.
Another school that participates in organic and sustainable practices is Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., which is no. 3 on College Prowler’s list, and was even named Peta’s Most Vegetarian Friendly College in 2007 and 2010. Northwestern is one of the select schools to participate in “Meatless Mondays,” too.
At some schools, finding vegetarian fare is kind of like Indiana Jones searching for the Holy Grail, but at Tufts in Massachusetts, the University makes it easy, declaring proudly: “Vegetarian options abound.”
On a side note, for students who have nut allergies, Kenyon College in Ohio (no. 99) is a nut-free campus (except for peanut butter).
Even if the school you are interested in is not at the top of the list of best options, there are still plenty of ways to stay vegetarian or vegan in school. If your dorm or suite has a kitchen, you may be better off than eating in the dining halls, as you can 1.) cook healthy for yourself and 2.) be ahead of the curve of college students who graduate without a lick of culinary skills. College is a time of learning, after all.