Skip to main content


Dining Commons

The Dining Commons, commonly referred to as the DC, is our main dining facility. Located at the center of campus in the Kresge Student Center, the DC offers 3 entrees, a hibachi grill option, a salad bar, a sandwich bar, a soup bar and a dessert section. The DC always has options for those with food sensitivities and allergies. The DC is one of the best places on campus to share a good meal and connect with your friends.

Cougar Den

The Cougar Den, named after our mascot, is a to-go dining option located in the lower level of the Kresge Student Center. Each day, the Cougar Den offers a “create your own” meal. First choose an entrée (think burgers, pizza and quesadillas), then choose your side: fries, chips or fruit. The Cougar Den also offers fresh salad and sandwich wraps every day as well as appetizers. The Cougar Den participates with the meal exchange program.

Sacred Grounds

Sacred Grounds is our coffee shop located in the heart of campus, the White Library. Sacred Grounds is open seven days a week and offers you an option to get your caffeine (or tea, smoothie or energy drink) fix. In addition to a variety of drinks, Sacred Grounds has a variety of light snacks as well. Don’t miss Hinkley’s Donut day every Thursday!

Find out all meal options and hours at the SAU App.

Meal Plans

All meal plans include Cougar Cash that may be used to treat a friend to a meal in the Dining Commons, Cougar Den and Ada’s Kitchen. View current plan pricing and make changes to your meal plan on the SAU Portal.

Freshman living on campus will have the option to select from Meal Plan #1 or #2.

Sophomores living in traditional residence halls will have the option to select from Meal Plan #1, 2, 3 or 4.

Juniors or Seniors living in traditional residence halls will have the option to select from Meal Plan #1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.

Sophomores and Juniors living in village housing will have the option to select from any of the six meal plans available.

Seniors living in Villages or students living in K houses will have the option to select from of the six meal plans available, however no meal plan is required for these areas.

Plan Summary

Plan # Meals Per WeekCougar Cash
#1 19 meals per week $60
#2 16 meals per week – Block $60
#3 11 meals per week – Block $40
#4 8 meals per week – Block $35
#5 6 meals per week – Block $30
#6 5 meals per week $20