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Welcome Second-Years

Supporting your growth, fueling your success

Welcome Back! Penn Dining's cafés are places to build community, enrich the student experience, and enhance student wellness.

Reasons to get excited

  • More Flexibility for Second-Year Students
  • Quality Ingredients
  • Memorable and Meaningful Experiences
  • Convenient Options 
     

Second-Year Options

The Second-Year Dining Initiative is part of our commitment to build community on campus while working closely with the programs of the dedicated Second-Year Experience. Incorporating student feedback, we are offering a dining plan designed specifically for second-year students, bringing you variety, convenience, and value with a lower cost per swipe. In addition, second-year students can also choose either of the two first-year plans.

  • Best for:

    Eating the majority of your meals at our all-you-care-to-eat locations.

    First-Year 296

    • 296 swipes per semester
    • $125 Dining Dollars per semester
    • Averages to 21 meals per week
    • Priced & contracted annually, billed per semester
  • Best for:

    Eating more meals at our retail locations.

    First-Year 187

    • 187 swipes per semester
    • $400 Dining Dollars per semester
    • Averages to 12 meals per week
    • Priced & contracted annually, billed per semester
  • Best for:

    Smaller tailored meals and grab-n-go options.

    Second-Year 156

    • 156 swipes per semester
    • $300 Dining Dollars per semester
    • Averages to 10 meals per week
    • Priced & contracted annually, billed per semester

Important Information

Second-Year Need to Know

To see all of our FAQs about Dining please click here.

Second-year students are required to sign-up for one of three dining plans - either of the two First-Year Dining Plans or an specially designed second-year plan. Students sign up for their plans when they apply for their housing assignment. Students wishing to change their dining plans may do so during the Fall Change Period, August 31 through September 21. 

Aug. 31 Dining Plans begin (first day of class)
Aug. 31  Dining Plan Change Period opens
Sept. 21 Dining Plan Change Period closes.
Dec. 22 Dining Cafes close for the Semester. Reminder: Unused meal swipes (visits) will expire at the end of each semester.  Unused Dining Dollars at the end of the Fall will be carried over into the Spring.  All unused dining funds will expire at the end of the Spring semester. If you need assistance with how to make the most of your dining options, contact dining@upenn.edu for assistance.
   

Yes.  Your SYO plan will cover you for brunch and dinner during SYO, starting with dinner on Friday, August 27 for those scheduled to move-in that date, through Monday, August 30.

Guest Swipes allow you to share a meal with friends and family. All first and second-year dining plans include 5 guest swipes per semester.  (The guest swipes are counted in the total semester allocation.)

Dining plans represent contracts for the entire Academic Year, but are allocated/billed per semester.  Fall 2021 billing will begin in July 2021.  Dining plans purchased prior to July 1, 2021 will be posted to students’ bursar bills by July 7, 2021.  After that date, charges will be posted to students’ bursar bills on a rolling weekly basis.  Spring 2022 billing will first appear on students’ bursar bills by December 1, 2021.  Spring 2022 plans purchased after that date will be billed on a rolling weekly basis.