The 20 colleges with the best dining halls

UMass Amherst dining

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UMass Amherst takes the No. 2 spot.

When starting college, dining hall food is rarely something students look forward to.

But at some schools, it has become a downright gourmet experience.

To determine which schools are truly stepping up their food game, we looked at noteworthy rankings from outlets with expertise in colleges and food: The Daily Meal, The Princeton Review, and Niche.Advertisement

Each school earned a numerical rating based on how many of the lists it appeared on and how high it appeared on those lists. Colleges that appeared on multiple rankings scored higher on ours, while those that ranked on only one of these lists ended up closer to the bottom.

From lobster bakes to waffle bars to steak dinners, these schools serve up dishes so good they make students forget they're even in a dining hall.