July 17, 2024


Wonderful eating is simply one other Monday evening for UMass Amherst college students.

UMasss Amherst dining hall.
UMass Amherst was ranked finest eating program within the nation for the seventh yr in a row by The Princeton Assessment. Lane Turner/Globe Workers

Winner winner, UMass Amherst dinner.

The College of Massachusetts Amherst eating program has been ranked primary within the nation for the seventh yr in a row, The Princeton Assessment introduced Tuesday. 

Lobster dinners, Greek sea bass, sushi, and pupusas may not sound like your typical school eating expertise, however for UMass Amherst college students, it’s simply one other Monday evening. 

“Historical past within the Tasting,” UMass Eating, the biggest collegiate eating program within the U.S., wrote in a celebratory tweet. “Thanks to our college students, eating workers, and everybody who supported us alongside the way in which.”

The Princeton Assessment’s rankings are primarily based on scholar surveys. Their e-book “The Greatest 389 Faculties,” has been revealed yearly for 32 years and asks 165,000 college students about their experiences on the 389 colleges featured. 

“We have now an incredible group of people that put this collectively on daily basis. Our culinary workers, our cooks, our entrance of the home, our servers, scholar staff,” Garett DiStefano, director of eating providers at UMass Amherst instructed Boston.com. “We’re very terribly proud.” 

DiStefano stated the important thing to conserving their seven-year title is constructing relationships with the coed physique.

Whether or not it’s celebrating Black Historical past Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, or Diwali, or having a 2 a.m. dinner for Ramadan, DiStefano stated UMass eating appreciates the chance to study in regards to the backgrounds of the 50,000 college students they serve day by day. And it undoubtedly helps to have workers from over 23 nations. 

“We have now 20 completely different scholar ambassadors who characterize college students from first years to graduate college students with all kinds of various backgrounds that assist us formulate menus,” DiStefano stated. “We’re very captivated with tradition.”

UMass additionally retains it recent, sourcing a lot of their meals from 100 native farmers in Western Massachusetts.

A calendar filled with enjoyable eating occasions is bound to all the time maintain scholar style buds preoccupied. From a mid-autumn pageant in September, to an “All treats and no methods” steak and lobster dinner for Halloween. 

A $3,800 semester meal plan provides UMass Amherst college students limitless entry to the award successful eating corridor. The college additionally has a “No Scholar Goes Hungry” coverage to fight meals insecurity. 

“We must be revolutionary. We have now to offer selection. We have now to seek out other ways to maintain it attention-grabbing as a result of for 15 weeks, these college students are with us,” DiStefano stated. “And we’ve the chance to serve them each single day.”