AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst ranks second in the country for best campus food, according to The Princeton Review’s new edition of The Best 380 Colleges guidebook, which was released Aug. 4.
The Princeton Review’s rankings of the top 20 schools in 62 categories are based on surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges. For the past four years, UMass Amherst Dining Services has placed in the top three dining programs in the country for “Best Campus Food,” according to rankings. UMass Amherst ranked No. 3 in 2012 and 2013, and was second overall on the 2014 list.
“We continue to feel honored for the recognition that our program has been granted. Many thanks go to our hardworking managers, dedicated staff, suppliers and support from Chancellor Subbaswamy and Vice Chancellor Jim Sheehan,” says Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises at UMass Amherst. “We know that we have some of the best customers ever, our students, and they have helped shape what UMass Dining is today. We congratulate our peer in 1st place and at the same time are very proud of our accomplishments and will continue to innovate, and serve healthy, sustainable and delicious meals. Go UMass!”
In recent years, UMass Amherst’s Dining Services has earned a string of honors, having been recognized nationally for its sustainability initiatives, nutrition programs and promotions and special events. In June, several Dining Services chefs earned top honors in a national culinary competition.
UMass Amherst Dining operates four residential dining commons, five eateries at the Lincoln Campus Center, five cafes, the University Club, concessions, three markets, one mobile canteen and two food trucks, and also offers on- and off-campus catering.