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Dining Services

Emporia State University partners with Sodexo to provide residential and retail dining services, as well as catering services, for the campus community. Below is information about the dining venues located in the Memorial Union and meal plans available to the campus community.

Dining Venues

  Hornet Express

The Hornet Express, or HX, is the retail dining venue located on the main level of the Memorial Union. The HX offers three dining options including the Sub Connection sandwich and soup station, the Tres Habaneros Mexican cuisine station, and the The Grill breakfast, burgers, chicken, and fries/tots station. The HX also offers a variety of bottled and fountain beverages and grab-and-go snacks.

  Regular Semester Hours | Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-6:00PM

  Summer Hours | Monday-Friday, 11:00AM-1:30PM

  Slice of Life

The Slice of Life, is a retail dining venue located on the west end main level of the Memorial Union, outside the Hornets Nest. The Slice of Life is a retail dining option including: pizza, sub sandwiches, salad, bread sticks and fountain beverages.

  Regular Semester Hours | Monday-Thursday, 11:00AM-2:00PM & 5:00PM-8:00PM

  Regular Semester Hours | Friday, 11:00AM-2:00PM & 5:00PM-7:00PM


Buzzcotti is the union's coffee shop, which offers a selection of Starbucks coffee and specialty beverages, smoothies, and breakfast pastries.

  Regular Semester Hours | Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-3:00PM

  Summer Hours | Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-11:00AM

  Hornets Nest

The Hornets Nest is the residential dining facility located on the west end of the main level of the Memorial Union. It the primary dining hall for on-campus students on meal plans and students, faculty, and staff who have purchased Commuter Plans.

  Regular Semester Hours | Monday-Friday, 7:00AM-2:00PM & 4:30PM-7:00PM

  Regular Semester Hours | Saturday-Sunday, 11:30AM-1:00PM & 5:00PM-7:00PM

  Summer Hours | Monday-Friday As Needed For Summer Camps in June and July

  Door Prices

Hornet Bucks, Commuter Plan, & Residential Meal Plans

  Hornet Bucks (Declining Balance)

The Hornet Bucks, or Declining Balance, program gives members of the campus community the opportunity to load money onto their Hornet ID Cards and spend those dollars in any dining venue in the Memorial Union, with a bonus 10% buying power. When customers load Hornet Bucks onto their cards, a bonus 10% of the purchase amount is added to the card balance. For example, if you purchase $100 Hornet Bucks, you will pay us $100, and we will load $110 on your card. For more information about Hornet Bucks and the Hornet ID Card, visit the Hornet ID Card webpage or call the Memorial Union ID Office at (620) 341-5859.

  Commuter Plan ($515 per semester for the 2018-2019 year)

The Commuter Plan is available for members of the campus community who dine on campus on a regular basis. Any member of the campus community - students, faculty, and staff - may purchase a Commuter Plan. Commuter Plans are sold on a semester-by-semester basis (if you want this plan for the entire year, you purchase one plan in the fall, and then a second plan in the spring). The plan includes a total of 75 meals that can be used in the Hornets Nest over the course of the semester. Meal swipes may also be used in the Hornet Express, Slice of Life and Buzzcotti. A meal swipe in retail locations has a $7.00 value. If a meal swipe is used in a retail location and the purchase total is greater than $7.00, the customer will pay the difference.

  Residential Meal Plans (Prices are for the 2018-2019 year)

Emporia State University offers three meal plan options for students who live on campus. All students who live on campus are required to have one of these three meal plans. Students who live off campus may also purchase a meal plan. Outlined below are the three meal plans we offer. For more information about Dining Services, visit the Sodexo Dining Services website.

Meal Plan FAQ Page

  All Access Plan ($1,816 per semester)

  14 Meal Plan ($1,771 per semester)

  9 Meal Plan ($1,467 per semester)

  Value Dollars (Optional Add-On to All Access Plan, 14 Meal Plan, or 9 Meal Plan)