1. University of California San Diego
2. Wesleyan University
After Wesleyan won PETAâs award for being the âMost Vegan-Friendlyâ small college in 2012, we were instantly curious about this vegetarian/vegan-friendly campus. Located in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University prides itself on providing its students with high quality foods and works to meet the individual dietary needs of students and staff. According to Petaâs praise of the small schoolâs dining services, Wesleyanâs chefs âspecialize in vegan desserts,â and offer âinnovative entrÃ©es, including vegan fettuccini Alfredo, Aloo gobi and Mongolian seitan with wild rice salad and cranberries.â Weâre hungry just thinking about it!
3. Cornell University
Cornell University makes our list at #3 for several reasons. Not only does the campus offer vegetarian-friendly hotspots, such as the Va-Va Vegan Bar in the Keeton House, but the campus as a whole seems to be pro-vegetarian and healthy living. Located in Ithaca, NY â a mecca for alternative, healthy living â the Cornell campus is the site for One World CafÃ©, which exclusively serves a vegan/vegetarian menu. In addition to these delicious vegetarian eateries, Cornell also employs Dr. T. Collin Campbell, who is well-known for being an advocate of low-fat, whole foods and a vegan-based diet.
4. University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)
As a student at the University of Illinois, I have to brag a little about my schoolâs commendable vegetarian/vegan cuisine. Scoring #6 on Petaâs âMost Vegan-Friendly Awards,â the University of Illinois has made major strides in the past few years to incorporate animal-friendly foods into its meal plans. From the well-prepared meals offered at the Ikenberry Commons âSoy-Tainlyâ spot, to the delicious veggie/tofu stir-fry available at the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hallâs âMongolian Work Station,â the biggest challenge vegetarian students face is deciding where to grab a bite!
5. Oberlin College
After perusing Oberlin Collegeâs dining services homepage, prospective students will be surprised to find a wide variety of vegan options. Their extensive vegetarian food guide informs students of what is included on their vegan menu; from vegan muffins, to vegan pizza upon request and a vegan grill, students can choose from a wide variety of veggie cuisine, and avoid becoming bored with their diets.
6. University of California, Los Angeles
7. Northwestern University
8. University of Florida
The University of Florida throws a yearly party â âVegFestââto educate on and promote cruelty-free eating; and what better way to show your veggie support? This year the 8th annual central Florida Veg Fest will be happening in October and will feature an array of student-run food preparation demonstrations, musical performances, and educational speakers. The University of Florida also has a Meatless Monday program and plenty of veg-friendly food options on their menu.
9. Bastyr University
Kudos to Bastyr University for topping the US News online list of the âColleges Catering to Vegetarians!â Located in Kenmore, Washington, the US News write-up praised Bastyr for the majority of their cuisine being vegetarian-friendly and for listing the ingredients used in each dish, so that students know what they are eating. In addition to being honored by US News online, Bastyr has also been recognized for their nutrition know-how in The Seattle Times and Evergreen Monthly. And Bastyrâs dining services use fresh ingredients that are harvested from the Universityâs organic herb and vegetable garden.
10. University of North Texas
UNTâs dining hall homepage screams veggie-friendly; from the bright green background-color to the Menu Nutrition Info boasting, âUNT Dining takes nutrition seriously!â and âFrom breakfast to late night, there is something for every diet.â This veg-friendly campus proved its concern for being nutritionally aware when it opened the nationâs first all-vegan dining hall, called Mean Greens. According to Petaâs 2012 âVegan-Friendly College Contest,â UNT students can feast on vegetarian sushi, vegan pancakes, vegan soft-serve ice cream and more! Whatâs not to love?