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Dining Services

Best in State

In its 2019 college rankings, website Niche. com named our dining services the top college dining program in Kansas!  

Our Dining Centers


Derby Dining Center


Derby Dining Center was named after reference librarian Grace Derby. It serves the students who live in Ford, Haymaker, Moore and West residence halls, plus Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House.

Derby, aka "The Derb," is home to The Bakery, which specializes in made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls, brownies, cookies and even birthday cakes.

Strong Community residents — in Boyd, Putnam and Van Zile residence halls — may eat at Derby on Saturdays. 


Kramer Dining Center (video coming soon!)


Kramer Dining Center, which serves the students who live in Goodnow, Marlatt and Wefald residence halls, was named in honor of Home Economics Professor Martha Kramer. It is located near the academic buildings on the west side of campus.

Kramer contains nearly 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art kitchen, serving, dining and retail space designed to serve a student population of 1,850.

Strong Community residents — in Boyd, Putnam and Van Zile residence halls — may eat at Kramer for Sunday breakfast and lunch.


Van Zile Dining Center


Van Zile Dining Center serves the students living in Boyd, Putnam and Van Zile residence halls. Domestic Science Professor Mary Van Zile lent her name to this historic limestone building located on the east side of campus.

The dining center's food court design and smaller, homelike environment is popular with its students.

Students can grab a drink or snack, rent movies and purchase personal care items at the dining center's Quik Cats convenience store.


Find dining options, meal plans and more on the K-State mobile app. Also, our dining centers and retail locations are always hiring; apply to Work With our Dining Family today! 

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