The study found that, on average, Kalamazoo College students spend $123.34 per month (excluding tuition, room and board, books, etc.). Although students have meal plans, they usually go out to eat about four times a month and shop at grocery stores about twice a month. This is most likely because students are not fully satisfied with the current food provider. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being completely satisfied, the average rating for the dining services is 3.27. The majority of students, 77%, believe that there should be more options when it comes to choosing a meal plan, especially due to the fact that they are mandatory for on-campus students. Out of the students surveyed, 50% would be willing to pay more money to receive better quality food in the cafeteria.
Overall, there are many factors Kalamazoo College must consider in choosing its next food provider. Appropriately so, the voice of the student body is important to the administration throughout this decision-making process, and this student-led study offers crucial statistical evidence relating to food spending and satisfaction with the current food provider.