Guide to Dining

Welcome to Dinning at Columbia College


Columbia College dining services are managed by Aladdin Food Management Services. Here at Columbia College we offer a program that meets the needs of today’s college student. Each year you will experience exciting changes, fresh menus, and new enhancements to your dining program. These changes are a result of the feedback and input of many students and staff members.

Dining Hall Meal Plan Info and Policies

Meal Plans

All students residing in Columbia College’s residence halls must participate in a Meal Plan. Each Meal Plan includes an unlimited number of seconds, with the exception of steak or similar premium entrees.


Cougar Bucks


Each meal plan at Columbia College includes a designated amount of Cougar Bucks to spend at the Cougar Café. You can purchase anything in the Café using Cougar Bucks, all you will need is your Student ID card. For more information on the different types of meal plans and cougar bucks amounts, please see Student Affairs. 


Accepted payment types:
  • Cash
  • Checks
  • Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and Discover)
  • Debit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and Discover)

An ATM is located just outside the Cougar Café for your convenience

Speak Up

This is YOUR dining service and we are here to serve you! We appreciate your input and feedback to better meet your needs. You can make your voice heard through comment cards or just introduce yourself and tell us what you think.

Special Dietary Needs

If you have special dietary needs, please consult with the Food Service Director. All efforts will be made to meet your special needs.

Registered Dietician

We have a wealth of resources available to our guests, including the expert guidance of a registered dietitian. Arrangements can be made for individual consultations concerning any dietary need, such as sports nutrition, weight control, food allergies, or medically prescribed diets.


Why can’t I take food and drink out of the dining room?

Removal of food, beverages, utensils, tumblers and china are not permitted out of the dining room without the permission of the Director of Food & Dining Services. You are welcome to eat and drink as much as you want while in the dining room, but must keep it within this area. Certain policies and procedures must be followed to maintain a cost-effective and efficient dining program.

Why must I show my I.D. card when I come into the dining room to eat?

Meal cards must be presented to the cashier when you want to eat a meal. Meal cards are non-transferable. These procedures are in place to keep a quality cost-effective program that is maintained for your dining pleasure.

What do I do if I lose my Meal Card/I.D.?

Report lost of stolen cards/I.D. to the Dining Services Office. You must replace your meal card/I.D. at the Student Affairs Office. You will be allowed three meals prior to the replacement of your card/I.D. After that time period, you must pay cash for your meal until you have a valid meal card/I.D. that indicates what meal plan you are on. If you have any questions, please see the Director of Food & Dining Services.

Still have questions?

You can use our contact form or call the Dining Service office at (573) 875-7546 or stop by and talk with our Director of Food & Dining Services, Samuel Voss.

Dining Hall personnel reserve the right to dismiss or suspend you from the dining area for inappropriate behavior.

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