Celiac College Student Survey completed February 2019
Food Service Vendor?
What stage are you in college?
Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far.
First two semesters I had a meal plan—they had gluten free options but it was usually the same thing everyday (chicken). It never got me sick, but I felt like I was throwing money away. Meal plans were required if you lived in certain dorms, so I moved off campus and no longer have a meal plan.
How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?
How sensitive to gluten are you?
Moderate: React sometimes
How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis?
Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?
Mostly what I expected
Grade your college on feeding celiac students
Explain your rationale for that grade
They have gluten free options always, there just isn’t a lot of variety
Check all that apply
My school is small and has only a few dining halls, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process
Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.
Yes, it was required in order to have access to the gluten free options.
Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe
Not that I was aware of.
How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? If you didn't answer NONE, please explain what happened and how school responded.
Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it
Going to the dining hall and seeing everyone else eat various delicious looking entrees and going to the gluten free warmer and pulling out a roasted chicken thigh.
If you were in charge of dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions?
More gluten free options
Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?
Yes! I would not have stayed if I hadn’t been able to move to the dorms with kitchens or off campus.
Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?
There is only one, but they are about to rebuild it.
Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Nobody delivers, Foodland is pricey. Amazon prime and Costco!
Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival?
Get subscribe and save pantry items on Amazon to save you the hassle (pasta, etc)
Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?
Not a problem here
Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness
Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?
Costco saves tons of $, i always call restaurants but most aren’t super aware of celiac and I don’t normally trust them. In town is better tho.