California Baptist University is ranked No. 1 in food quality of all California colleges and universities, moving from No. 2 in 2014, and ranking No. 6 nationally, according to Niche.com.
Niche is a website with thousands of student reviews. It ranks campuses to help make choosing a neighborhood, college or K-12 school a more transparent process based on factors such as the campus housing safety, healthy living environment and a reasonable price.
The website states a high ranking for the best campus food indicates CBU offers a variety of healthy, quality food options that accommodate various dietary preferences and that the students are happy with the quality of campus food.
CBU has a 4.2 out of 5 rating from 160 independent surveys taken. The surveys in relation to average meal plan cost pushed CBU to the No. 1 position, up from the No. 2 spot last year.
Kipp Dougherty, director of Provider food services, said CBU’s supportive community and customer satisfaction is one of the main reasons contributing to the No. 1 ranking.
“We are continually focused on increasing customer satisfaction through culinary excellence and customer service,” Dougherty said. “We are so lucky to have a supportive campus community and
CBU leadership team that is always striving for excellence.”
Niche focuses on providing reviews and insight from everyday experts including students, parents, teachers and professionals in their respective fields.
The website assessed a score for each of the 1,713 colleges ranked on certain criteria.
A majority of the score is based on individual student opinions on the quality of the food on campus.
The everyday experts who give reviews include students, parents, teachers and professionals in their respective fields. There is a requirement of at least 10 student reviews for a college to be considered.
Dining services on campus currently feature buffet-style, brand names and cafe options.
“With the addition of Chick-fil-A, El Monte Grill, Campus Xpress and Wok On at Brisco’s, students have more options than ever,” Dougherty said. “We are also rated No. 6 in the nation so we will be working on becoming No. 1 in the nation—one bite at a time.”
Morgan Rither, master of English student, said she favored Brisco’s during her four years as an undergraduate at CBU. Now in graduate school, she still prefers Brisco’s.
“The staff were always so nice and friendly and of course the food is delicious,” Rither said. “The grab-and-go style also made it easy to get my favorite food to go.”
Aarika Alura, master of English student, said she enjoys Wanda’s Cafe for the sense of community and camaraderie it encourages in students.
“Wanda’s never disapoints,” Alura said. “When I first came to California Baptist, it was a common thing for the grad students to head there for a nice cup of soup and a sandwich during our class break. We got to know each other over those walks to Wanda’s and I really believe it helpedus bond as classmates. To this day there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of soup and a bag of chips from