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UCLA Dining named best in the nation for seventh time

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For the fifth consecutive year, UCLA tops the list of Best College Food in America. This is the seventh time in the past 10 years that the campus dining program has been named No. 1 in the annual rankings, which are based almost entirely on student survey results. The second factor, meal plan cost, accounts for 15% of the formula.

So, what makes UCLA such a culinary stand-out year after year?

“It’s the strength of our entire team and the thoughtful care and innovation that goes into everything we do,” said Al Ferrone, senior executive director of food and beverage. “Food is an important part of the student experience and we do everything possible to bring students an incredible experience that they will remember long after they graduate from UCLA.”

The UCLA Dining program comprises a robust collection of nearly a dozen quick-serve restaurants and all-you-care-to-eat dining halls. The style and quality of food is key, of course, but it’s so much more than that. Each location also takes into account everything from atmosphere and ambiance to lighting, décor and comfort.

For example, Bruin Plate emphasizes healthy eating. Student diners will find locally sourced produce and meats, sustainable seafood, unprocessed and preservative-free items, organic foods, nutrient-packed superfoods, and expanded vegetarian and vegan options. It also has communal tables and a private dining room for groups.

A short walk north will take you to the Study at Hedrick, which is known for its artisan bakery, coffee and tea bar, 24-hour study space, private meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, charging stations and comfy sofas and chairs.

The newest restaurant is Epicuria at Ackerman, which opened in the student union in 2022 as a satellite location of Epicuria at Covel. The restaurant emphasizes simple Mediterranean cuisine and cooking methods in a comfortable setting.

But there are so many more reasons why UCLA leads the nation when it comes to feeding its roughly 14,000 on-campus residents. Visit the UCLA Newsroom for a taste of just a few.