Food Allergies and Other Dietary Considerations

Students with food allergies, religion-based dietary considerations, celiac disease, gastrointestinal sensitivity, philosophical preferences, and those who are just plain picky may find it extra challenging to figure out the best ways to eat on campus. This may vary by campus, though; some schools are offering more meals and designing dining halls to meet the needs of students with food allergies or restrictions.

Speak with a registered dietitian.

Most campus dining services are staffed with a registered dietitian who is accustomed to setting up meetings with students with special needs to help them navigate their many options and learn more about how foods are labeled and where they can obtain more information about the ingredients used.

Find out which dining halls best meet your needs.

There are usually sections of the dining hall where students who are vegan or vegetarian, follow Kosher or Halal eating practices, or have food allergies can find just what they need. More gluten-free options are now available for the many students who have eliminated gluten from their diets. When purchasing your meal plan, you should let dining services know of your special needs.

Take special precautions if you have serious food allergies.

If you have serious or life-threatening food allergies, be sure to bring your epinephrine auto-injector (epi-pen). Some schools also have a supply that staff can use in the event of an anaphylactic emergency.

More information about managing food allergies on campus food allergies and celiac disease accommodations on campus can be found through this Food Allergy College Search from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). This site also includes ingredient information and information on schools with roommate accommodations.