With summer upon us and fall right around the corner, lots of eager students will head off to college for the first time. Are you in trouble if you are celiac? Will you be able to eat with the rest of the student population?
Luckily, there are more and more schools making a real effort to accommodate students with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. While the bad news is you can’t always choose where you’re going to attend college; the good news is that if you are lucky and have a few choices, these ten colleges that are really gluten-free friendly might just tip the scales.
Gluten-free and healthy options in general should hopefully always be evolving and while this list does not name every college (there are more than ten), these are some of the best of the best in no particular order.
1. University of Colorado-Boulder- 32,000 students
All of their dining halls clearly label the top eight allergens and gluten on all meal offerings and strive to ensure a wide variety of delicious menu options. Gluten-free breads, bagels and cereals are available in all dining centers, and The Bakery on campus creates and serves a variety of gluten-free baked goods. The C4C (Center 4 Community) dining hall has a brand new, dedicated gluten-free breakfast space with toasters, bread, bagels, and all of the condiments and toppings you could want. In addition, all retail and grab-n-go outlets offer gluten-free items and also label all prepared food for allergens.
2. Loyola Marymount-10,000 students
LMU was one of the first universities in the nation to be an accredited “GREAT School” by the NFCA, including completing gluten-free training for all chefs and managers. For the over 9,000 Loyola Marymount students, gluten sensitivity is a worry of the past! Attending students express their appreciation for the large variety of menu choices, ease of access to flavorful food options, and the accommodating customer service provided by the LMU Hospitality by Sodexo through its gluten-free dining program. LMU currently boasts an entirely gluten-free dining platform at their main dining hall and has at least one gluten-free item on the menus of over 20 dining platforms.
3. University of Arizona- 40,000 students
The University of Arizona continues to expand and improve their options for gluten -free students on campus. It is also unique in that there is no residential dining, everything is retail. Food labels whether gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian are clearly marked with a special icon. Additionally, Red and Blue Market grab-n-go’s have a dedicated and clearly labeled gluten-free line which includes prepackaged sandwiches wraps, sushi and salads prepared in Core+, a dedicated facility and restaurant. There is also a University of Arizona gluten-free club that is very active in the community.
4. Tufts University- 11,000 students
Tufts Dining takes food allergies seriously. There are food allergy and gluten-free guides available online that are written to assist students in making appropriate choices. The guide contains useful information and tips specifically for how students with food allergies and intolerances can recognize food ingredients to avoid what they are allergic to and eat safely while at Tufts.
5. University of Connecticut- 30,000 students
Here students who are on a gluten-free diet are encouraged to meet with the dietary team which consists of a registered dietitian, a dining unit manager and a production chef. This enables the student to understand what is available, to make specific adjustments to the students’ needs and build a daily partnership that will enable students to navigate through the dining program without frustration. UConn Dining Service’s mantra is, “Obtaining a college education is difficult enough. Obtaining food choices to meet your dietary needs should not be difficult.” Every Dining unit has a special gluten-free area that stocks strictly gluten-free foods. The food court has a complete gluten-free menu and so does their casual restaurant.
6. Liberty University-75,000 students
This school is a religiously-oriented, private, co-educational, comprehensive institution. It has a residential enrollment of 12,600 students, and an on-line enrollment of over 90,000. The mission of Liberty University is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world. Their gluten-free offerings include a completely gluten-free lunch and dinner every day. They have a four-week menu cycle which provides lots of variety, and also offer gluten-free meals-to-go and snacks in our convenience store.
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The rest: University of Texas-Austin, Georgetown University, University of Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Texas Christian University, and Notre Dame University.