The Daily Meal’s third annual ranking researched nearly 2,000 four-year colleges in America to create its 75 best colleges list for 2014. KSU earned the No. 4 spot, behind Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University. Two other Georgia institutions were included in the annual college food ranking —Emory University and the University of Georgia.
The Daily Meal used criteria such as nutrition and sustainability, accessibility and service, education and events, the surrounding area and other special features that individual college dining facilities offer. These judging points focused on well-balanced healthy food, food preference accommodations, dining hall hours, proximity to on-campus living, and nutrition and culinary education.
“Let’s face it: college dining halls are not typically culinary havens. Thankfully, though, there are more than a few colleges across the United States that go above and beyond when it comes to their dining services,” wrote Sidney Harrison, a writer for The Daily Meal.
This recognition is the latest in a string of accolades for Kennesaw State’s Culinary and Hospitality Services, which received the National Restaurant Association’s Operator Innovation Award for Sustainability for its “Farm-to-Campus-to-Farm” program in 2013 and was a finalist in the health and nutrition category in 2014. Last year, the university claimed the association’s top prize — Innovator of the Year — the first time an educational institution had been selected to receive the prestigious industry award, besting organizations including Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the U.S. Air Force.
KSU’s Culinary and Hospitality Services provides meals to more than 30,000 guests weekly in its on-campus dining facility, The Commons. As part of its farm-to-campus initiative, The Commons offers global cuisine across nine venues with menus that change daily.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, KSU is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 130 countries.