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First-Year Dining Program

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First-year students are required to have a Dining Plan that includes 14 pre-paid, all-you-care-to-eat meals each week (Board Plan) plus Food Points (see chart below) for a la carte meal purchases. The First-Year Dining Plan, known as Plan I, is designed to enhance the undergraduate experience. Centered around Marketplace, the main East Campus dining facility, the First-Year Dining Plan provides a wide range of choices and fosters a sense of community through dining together. The First-Year Dining Plan is divided into two parts: the Board Plan and Food Points. The Board Plan covers all breakfast, dinner and brunch meals and Food Points cover any other meal or snack. Students may add more points as necessary.

All incoming first-year students who live on East Campus will be automatically enrolled in dining plan I.

Dining planTotal Cost
per semester
Food Points
included per semester
Weekly Average
Food Points Usage
Daily Average
Food Points value
Plan I$4010.00$923.43$59.30$8.47

You get a total of 14 Board Plan meals each week at Marketplace: five for breakfast; seven for dinner and two for weekend brunch (1 for Saturday and 1 for Sunday).

You receive one breakfast daily, Monday through Friday. A breakfast equivalency of $5.00 may be used for breakfast at The Skillet (Brodhead Center) until 10:30 am, or for lunch at Marketplace until 2:30 pm for those who miss breakfast. Breakfast and brunch at Marketplace or its equivalency must be used each day; they do not carry over to the next day

Lunch can be at the Duke Dining location of your choosing by way of Food Points.

All meals must be used each day
; they do not carry over. Brunches are available Saturday and Sunday only. You will receive one dinner daily, seven days a week at Marketplace. If a dinner meal is missed a dinner equivalency of $9.55 may be used at Trinity CafĂ© after 9pm. A dinner swipe can also be used at the Freeman Center, Monday-Thursday.

You will receive four complimentary guest meals each semester at Marketplace.

To view all dining plan transactions log in to your account through the DukeCard website. For more detailed information about your First-Year Dining Plan please visit:


First Year Move-In/OrientationFirst Board Meal
Saturday August 27, 2022 (Brunch)
End of Academic YearDinner
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Service PeriodsLast Meal Before BreakFirst Meal After Break
Fall BreakBreakfast
Friday, October 7, 2022
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Thanksgiving BreakDinner
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Winter BreakBreakfast
Monday, December 19, 2022
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Spring BreakBreakfast
Friday, March 10, 2023
Sunday, March 19, 2023