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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to participate in a meal plan?

All Dean College Resident Students are required to participate in our Ultimate Dining Plan. This plan provides unlimited access into the Smith Dining Center, located within the Campus Center, seven days per week, during operating hours.

If I am a Resident Student, how do I purchase my meal plan?

The Ultimate Dining Plan is purchased via Today@Dean, Housing and Dining Selection.  Pricing is set and billed through the college.

I am a resident student, when can I make changes to my meal plan?

You can make changes to you meal plan prior to the Spring and Fall Semester.

I am planning on commuting to Dean College, is there a dining plan for me?

Yes! We offer four commuter meal plans designed just for our commuter students.  Review the plan descriptions on our dining plans page for the one that’s best for you.

How do I purchase a commuter meal plan?

Purchasing a meal plan is simple.  You may shop online , call us at 508-541-1564, or stop by the Dining Office in the Smith Dining Center.

As a commuter student, what happens if I do not use all of my meal swipes or Boomer’s Bucks?

Meal swipes are valid for the semester in which they are purchased. Boomer’s Bucks will expire at the close of the academic year.

Do I need a special meal plan card?

No, you will use your Dean College Student ID card to “swipe” into the dining hall, so you only have to worry about one card. You will use the same card whether you have a resident meal plan or a commuter meal plan.

What are Boomer’s Bucks?

Boomer’s Bucks are declining balance funds that are accessed via your student ID card.  You may add Boomer’s Bucks at anytime throughout the semester online,by calling us at 508-541-1564, or by stopping in the dining office in Smith Dining Center.

Does my resident dining plan come with Boomer’s Bucks?

You may choose to add Boomer’s Bucks when you initially select your resident dining plan in increments of $100.  We recommend adding $300 Boomer’s Bucks to start; this will allow for about $20 per week in discretionary purchases in our retail dining locations as well as Domino’s Pizza in Franklin, MA.

Where can I use my Boomer’s Bucks?

Boomer’s Bucks may be used at 

  • Boomer’s Restaurant in the Campus Center 
  • Dean's Beans Cafe & Bakery located on the second floor of the Green Family Library Learning Commons.
  • Domino’s Pizza in Franklin, MA.
  • Maguro House
  • Mac Deli
  • Franklin Pizza & Deli

What should I do if I run out of Boomer’s Bucks prior to the end of the semester?

If you run out of Boomer’s Bucks before the end of the semester, you may deposit additional funds to your account by cash, check or credit card. You may add funds online, call the office at 508-541-1564, or stop by the dining office located in Smith Dining Center.

What if I don’t use all of my Boomer’s Bucks?

Boomer’s Bucks carry over from fall to spring semester. Any unused bucks are forfeited at the end of the spring semester.

I have special dietary requirements, are you able to provide meals to accommodate me?

Yes, our dedicated staff is happy accommodate students with special dietary needs. We provide nutritional facts on the dining menus within the dining room and post possible allergen alerts where applicable. In addition, we offer menu items that accommodate vegan and vegetarian diets. For individual needs, please self-identify with our general manager Ray Kluglein.  Ray will be able to assist you in your daily menu planning. Ray may be reached by email or by phone at 508-541-1564. If addition to Ray, you may connect with our regional dietitian, Karen Jew.  Karen is available for consultations and may be reached by email.

I am allergic to gluten (or peanuts or tree nuts), are there foods that are safe for me to eat?

We have an area called MyZone. My Zone is a “pantry” where food items needed by customers with celiac disease or food allergies can be housed with precautions against cross-contamination. This special area gives students the ability to be involved in their own allergen-safe meal preparation.  My Zone will always be free of gluten-containing ingredients and products, as well as tree nut and peanut products. We ask that you help to maintain the area ensuring that it stays allergen friendly and educate your peers on the importance of not cross-contaminating products within the pantry with other food items. As a student with allergies, we ask you to do your part and not bring in foods from other areas of the dining room into the MyZone. Please check in with our general manager, so that he, our executive chef, and our dining team are all aware of your allergies.

May I bring guests to dine with me in Smith Dining Center?

Yes, we are open to the public, you may use guest passes if awarded when you purchase a dining plan with Boomers Bucks, cash or Credit Card.

Where can I find information about holiday hours, special events and other important information?

Our website is updated frequently to include up-to-date information.  We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook/DeanDining and Twitter @deanDining

How can I check my Boomer’s Bucks Balance?

Your Boomers Bucks balance may be checked at any cashier station.  It also shows up at the end of you purchase on the Amount Tender Screen.
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