Ashland University Student Dining is Open to the Public

Join us for your next meal!





Monday - Friday 

7 - 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

4 - 7 p.m.



11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

4 - 6:30 p.m.



11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

4 - 6:30 p.m.

Late Night - Sunday - Thursday 10 - 11:30 p.m.

Summer and Break Hours - Varies


AU Marketplace

Try out our online custom grocery!

Vegetables on a grocery shelf

Meal To Go – A Change of Pace

A group of students on the meal plan can turn in their valid ID's for a meal to go, picnic or spaghetti dinner at no charge. You can pick up a request form from the Student Dining Production Manager. All requests must be accompanied by the Meal Pick Up Contract Form and placed five days prior to the event. All valid ID numbers must be turned in two days prior to the event using this signature sheet for pickup orders.


What is Equivalency?

Students can use a meal swipe to eat at any of our retail locations for a value of $7.35 per transaction. Locations include Eagles' nest, Tuffy's Smoothie Bar, Schar Cafe, Catering, Concessions, COBE Café and Conard Café (located on the Mansfield College of Nursing and Health Sciences Campus). 

Meal Plan Options 2023/2024

All AU meal plans are for one semester only and meals do not carry over from semester to semester or year to year. There is no refund on unused swipes on any of the meal plans, including when students are placed in quarantine or isolation.

Gold Plan $3,005

Unlimited meals in the student dining hall plus $275 Dining Dollars which can be used to purchase guest meals in the dining hall or used as cash at any of the retail locations on campus. The benefit of this plan allows you to take family and friends to the dining hall, while gaining savings over the door price.

Purple Plan $2,730

Unlimited meals in the student dining hall located in the John C. Meyers Convocation center. Students may come and go as many times as they like. You'll never run out of meals! The dining hall offers late night dining, which makes this plan an excellent value.

Eagle Plan - $2,730

This plan gives the student 240 meals to be spread throughout the semester. Meals swipes can be used at the student dining hall or used as equivalency at any of our retail locations which include the Eagles' Nest, Tuffy's Smoothie Bar, Schar Café, COBE Cafe, Concessions and Catering.

Tuffy Plan - $1,100

(For Commuter Students and Campus Apartments)

Students receive 80 meals to be used in the dining hall or for equivalency at the Eagles’ Nest, Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar, Schar Café and concessions. If you run out of meals, additional 20-meal blocks can  be purchased for $240 or 10-meal blocks for $125.

How to Change Your Meal Plan

You can change your meal plan by contacting Danielle Hamilton ( or Fred Geib (
Note: Meal plans cannot be changed after the first two weeks of each semester.

Contact Information

Faculty/Staff Meal Plan information

Danielle Hamilton

Fred Geib

Nutrition and Allergy Information

View Dining Service's Nutrition and Allergy Information.

Student Employment

We offer an excellent opportunity to provide students with on-campus employment.

Apply online through the On-Campus Employment page.

Other Dining Locations

Grub Hub offers meals to pick up at Convo!

If you have any questions about creating a new GrubHub account, please click on photo below:

Grub hub logo



Local Foods Program

AU is Proud to Support Locally Grown Food

Ashland University is a proud supporter of many local businesses and brands that grow, make and produce products right here in Ohio. This past year, 24% of costs associated with food for Ashland's Dining Services went to locally-based businesses. 

AU uses these local vendors:

Smith Dairy, located in Orrville, is a local dairy producer founded in 1909. Smith‘s is one of our oldest business partners, providing fresh milk, sour cream and their premium Ruggles brand ice cream.

Gerber Poultry, located in Orrville, uses no antibiotics, animal by-product feed or antibiotics in the production of their chicken. They run a humane processing center, which has been certified by the Global Food Safety Initiative. Gerber provides AU with fresh quality chicken breast served in all of our dining locations, along with whole chickens for our rotisserie station.

Nickles Bakery has been in operation for more than 100 years and serves seven states in the Midwest. They provide fresh breads and bagels six days a week to all our dining locations.

Turk Brother Meats, located in Ashland, provides some of the beef products and all of the ground beef products used in our campus dining facilities. They opened their doors in 1961 and have expanded to include processing specialty meats, such as buffalo, goat and elk.

Gordon Food Service provides a wide variety of products for AU dining locations. They have grown from a small local company to a national brand that now provides distribution throughout the United States.

Everleaf Aquaponics, located in Shiloh, provides locally grown produce offered at our salad bar and deli.

Velvet View Farms, located in Big Prairie, provides yogurt items to AU’s dining facilities. The farm is home to 70 Holstein cows. Each cow has a name and provides about 3,000 gallons of milk per year, which is used to create high quality traditional and Greek Yogurt.

Flour Barrel, located in Ashland, provides bulk and deli foods. The store is a great resource for specialty products for our baking department to decorate our cakes, cookies and pies.

Buehlers, located in Wooster, is a local grocery chain founded by Ed and Helen Buehler in 1929. The store continues to be operated by the Buehler family today.

Friendly Wholesale Co., located in Wooster, provides all of the candy for the concession areas on campus.

Orlando Baking Co., located in Cleveland and in operation for more than 140 years, was originally founded in Italy. They currently produce more than 250 varieties of breads and rolls.
Hiller’s Country Market, located in Ashland, is the area's largest cake-decorating and candy-making supplier.