Yep! It's a great value and it is Ohio Northern University's policy that all freshmen, sophomores, and designated campus residents purchase a meal plan each semester.

You can use your meal swipes during regular hours in McIntosh Dining Hall for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You also have the option to use a late night meal exchange swipe in WOW Cafe from 7pm-midnight every day.

Dining Dollars are cash values included in most meal plans. They work like a prepaid debit card with funds kept on your student ID card. Dining Dollars may be used at WOW Café, Cosi, or to purchase additional meals at McIntosh Dining Hall.

They are available for you to use during the semester in which you purchase your meal plan. They are not carried over from year to year.

Block meals may be used during the semester in which they are purchased. They do not carry over from semester to semester.

If you live off-campus, you can purchase a traditional meal plan through the Residence Life office. We have also designed a special meal plan just for you with our Commuter Student Block Plans. The Block Plans come in 10, 30 or 50 meal blocks and can also be purchased by emailing.

Yes! Our Block Meal Plans are perfect for Faculty and Staff members who are looking for quick, convenient, and delicious lunch on campus. Will you choose the 10, 30, or 50 Block Plan? Also - Polar Points can be used as Dining Dollars! Contact the Controller's Office at 419-772-2010 to purchase Polar Points.

Yes! We accept gift cards at all of our retail locations: Cosi, WOW Cafe, Polar Espresso, and Northern Lights. We only accept the gift cards that are sold through ONU Dining Services. These can be purchased by contacting Dining Services. We do not accept Starbucks gift cards, as our locations are We Proudly Serve. For any additional questions, please contact us at (419) 772-2414 or
If you are on a 19, 12 or 8 Meal Plan, your swipes will reset overnight late Friday, so you will have your full amount of swipes to use for the new week beginning on Saturday.