GrubHub Ranks 2014 College Campuses' Eats

Some of their findings weren’t what you’d expect, but we’ll let you be the judge and jury of which stereotypes fell short.

Elizabeth Hoyt

November 18, 2014

GrubHub Ranks 2014 College Campuses' Eats GrubHub Ranks 2014 College Campuses' Eats

So much of American culture is based around eating. We get together to socialize over meals, we eat when we’re bored and, obviously, we eat when we’re hungry. A person’s eating habits can speak volumes about their lifestyle and, sometimes, even their ideals.

GrubHub Inc., the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company, encompassing brands like GrubHub, Seamless, Menupages, and Allmenus. teamed up with Spoon University* to find out the truth about who eats what on college campuses across the nation.

Some of their findings weren’t what you’d expect, but we’ll let you be the judge and jury of which stereotypes fell short.

Here’s what they discovered about the 2014 eating habits of college students across the nation:

2014’s Top 5 Midnight Snack Campuses

Students at these campuses are the top late-night diners, according to GrubHub and Spoon University’s findings.

1. Syracuse University
2. Michigan State University
3. University of Connecticut
4. Ithaca College
5. The Ohio State University

2014’s Top 5 Healthiest Campuses

According to GrubHub and Spoon University, these top five campuses have the most “health-conscious” eaters.

1. Georgetown University
2. University of Notre Dame
3. University of Tennessee
4. Lafayette College
5. Central Connecticut State University

2014’s Top 5 Most Adventurous Campuses

The following five campuses, according to GrubHub and Spoon University’s findings, have the most ethnically adventurous diners.

1. Columbia College
2. New York University
3. School of the Art Institute in Chicago
4. Loyola University of Chicago
5. Columbia University

2014’s Top 5 Meat-Loving Campuses

Hold the veggies, please! These five campuses can’t get enough meat, according to GrubHub and Spoon University’s research.

1. Fordham University
2. Lafayette College
3. University of the Sciences
4. University of North Carolina – Greensboro
5. University of Northern Iowa

2014’s Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly Campuses

These campuses have the most vegetarian diners, according to GrubHub and Spoon University’s research.

1. Cornell University
2. Yale University
3. School of the Art Institute Chicago
4. University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
5. Columbia College

2014’s Top 5 Sweetest Campuses

Students at these university campuses order the most desserts, according to GrubHub and Spoon University’s data – that’s a lot of sweet teeth!

1. Regis University
2. University of Texas
3. University of Tennessee
4. University of Illinois
5. Virginia Commonwealth University

2014’s Top 5 Early Bird Campuses

GrubHub and Spoon University found that these campuses have the earliest takeout orders, with Columbia University students being 225% more likely to order early in the morning than other college students.

1. Columbia University
2. Cornell University
3. Rush University Medical Center
4. University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
5. University of South Carolina

2014’s Top 5 Spiciest Campuses

Students on these five campuses like it hot – as in, spicy, according to GrubHub and Spoon University.
1. University of North Carolina
2. Occidental College
3. Emory University
4. Boise State University
5. University of Illinois



*Data and rankings found by GrubHub and Spoon University were “based on orders placed by college students at hundreds of college campuses during the 2013-2014 school year (9/1/13-12/15/13 and 1/15/14-5/1/14).”

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