For this year’s report, the organisation surveyed more than 1,400 campus dining programs at four-year colleges and universities across America. Overall, peta2 found an increase in on-campus vegan dessert options and a decrease in all-vegan dining stations, suggesting that colleges are integrating vegan offerings into their dining plans.
Peta2 also found that two-thirds of the schools it surveyed were offering vegan meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. To put this into perspective, only 28% of surveyed schools in 2014 offered at least one vegan option. And, no, serving fruit did not count as a vegan option, according to a press release from peta2.
“There’s no question that a veritable vegan revolution is taking college campuses by storm as more and more young people are opting for animal- and eco-friendly meals,” peta2’s director of international youth and outreach, Ryan Huling, told INSIDER.
Below, see 10 of the most vegan-friendly colleges in the US. This list was compiled based on peta2’s overall grade ranking in its 2018 report, as well as student satisfaction surveys. The list is not ranked in any particular order based on the different varieties of vegan offerings at each school.
The University of North Texas has tons of vegan options.
The University of North Texas (UNT) has a 100% vegan dining hall on campus.
Ranked an A-plus vegan school by peta2 five years in a row, vegans and non-vegans alike enjoy meals at UNT’s Mean Greens dining hall. The cafeteria is even home to a hydroponic garden, where the school grows up to 800 heads of lettuce a week for the dining halls on campus.
Northwestern University offers a plethora of vegan options.
Northwestern University (NU) isn’t messing around when it comes to serving vegan-friendly meals to its students.
In addition to promoting Meatless Mondays around campus, each NU dining hall offers a vegan option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sustainability is also a core tenet of NU Dining’s mission statement. In fact, a majority of the food options available on campus are sourced from local farms in the Midwest to help reduce waste and conserve water and energy.
Not to mention, the school offers fair-trade organic coffee in all dining and retail locations on campus.
Seattle Pacific University has embraced vegan food.
Although Seattle Pacific University (SPU) doesn’t have its own all-vegan dining hall, the university does offer a selection of vegetarian and vegan meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
SPU also participates in Meatless Mondays and has an overall student satisfaction rate of 83%, according to peta2.
The University of California, San Diego has an all-vegan restaurant on campus.
In addition to the vegan restaurant, Roots, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is home to numerous dining halls, cafés, pubs, and food markets that make it easy for vegan and vegetarian students to eat on, or near, campus.
The University of California, Los Angeles has garnered favourable reviews from vegan students.
With a 92% student satisfaction rate, according to peta2, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of the most vegan-friendly schools in the country. Not only does plant-based restaurant chain Veggie Grill have a location on campus, but the college also has a vegan-focused club for students.
Wake Forest University offers a variety of meat substitutes.
According to peta2, Wake Forest University (WFU) has a 100% student satisfaction rate. The college is committed to sustainable dining, and students can enjoy everything from a Beyond Burger to vegan tuna substitutes.
In March 2017, the campus also rolled out a new all-vegan dining station, where both vegans and non-vegans can indulge in meatless meals and snacks.
The University of Florida has an Office of Sustainability.
The college’s Dining Services department is also committed to promoting sustainable food offerings and business practices.
The University of South Florida cafeteria offers indulgent vegan desserts.
The University of South Florida (USF) offers its students vegan desserts like peach banana cake and blueberry banana bread.
According to a statement by peta2, the school also has indulgences like vegan mac and cheese and vegan ranch dressing. Some dining halls at USF even have Silk non-dairy milk dispensers.
Vegan dining stations are found throughout Arizona State University.
Arizona State University (ASU) has a dining station dedicated to vegan food in every single one of its dining halls across all four of its campuses.
Stanford University offers a host of plant-based options on campus.
According to Stanford’s Dining website, the college’s menus are about 80% vegetarian and over 50% vegan.
Stanford University (SU) has also paired with The Culinary Institute of America to cofound the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, which helps promote “healthier, more sustainable, plant-forward diets” on college campuses.
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