Top Rated Allergy-Friendly Colleges

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College is a transformative time in every young adult’s life, and luckily there are many schools who take food allergies as seriously as their students' futures. Spokin users have shared over 150 reviews for colleges nationwide. See the 20 Top Rated allergy-friendly schools to make college application season just a little bit easier.



1. Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York

“I never felt worried walking into the dining hall. All the foods were clearly labeled containing each allergen. This made me feel safe knowing I would be informed of what I was consuming. If I wanted further clarification, the chefs would have the ingredients with them to show the labels. The places to eat on campus followed the same policy."

@hancho321 who manages peanut, tree nut, and soy allergies


2. Northwestern

Location: Evanston, Illinois

“I had a great experience dealing with my allergy while in college. I was able to easily eat in most dining halls after meeting with food services/staff in the dining halls at the beginning of freshman year. Evanston has tons of safe restaurants.”

@beckgro who manages peanut and lentil allergies


3. Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

“Vanderbilt is FANTASTIC for allergies!! There is an allergy program where you can have your meals prepared separately and safely for you. I am the founder and president of the student allergy advisory council at Vanderbilt, and in fall of 2018 we are opening a top-8 free cafe! I could not say enough wonderful things about Vanderbilt!”

@vkraft who manages Celiac


4. The University of

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“Waitstaff was quick to provide gluten free options and were attentive in asking questions about additional allergens.”

@esteckel who manages milk, soy, lobster, Celiac-gluten, and chickpea allergies

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5. University of Michigan

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

"The University of Michigan offers tremendous labeling in the dining halls so you know what is in every dish. They were years ahead of other schools in making everything clear. There’s also a tremendous amount of safe places to eat off campus!”

@jbass12 who manages peanut, tree nut, and shellfish allergies

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6. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Location: Champaign, Illinois

“The dining services had a program where you could fill out a form specifying which dorm you wanted to eat at, what time you would be coming in, what your allergies were, and what kind of food you wanted. The chefs are super knowledgeable and enjoy the program because it gives them a chance to make a fun, personalized meal.”

@kevinbrenner21 who manages milk, wheat, and Celiac-gluten allergies


7. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California

“Every dining hall on campus is diligent about making sure all allergen information is available for every meal and about answering questions when it is ambiguous. If you walk down University Avenue, there are about a hundred different places to eat and all of them have allergy-friendly menus!”

@hsmall who manages peanut and milk allergies


8. Boston College

Location: Newton, Massachusetts

“There are many dining hall options across their 4 dining halls including dairy free ice cream, divvies cookies, and almond/soy milk. There is a staff nutritionist at all times who will work with you for accommodations.”

@morganromo who manages tree nut and milk allergies


9. Rowan University

Location: Glassboro, New Jersey

“Was able to continue allergy shots at school with the help of the nurses at the health center communicating with my allergist!”

@khill13 who manages peanut, tree nut, and legume allergies


10. Elon University

Location: Elon, North Carolina

“There are QR codes for every food in dining halls. You can scan the QR code with your phone and get major allergens that the dish might contain. Also, most nut offerings are isolated from other food in the dining halls. Peanut butter comes in individual packets.”

@roxyp171 who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


11. Illinois State University

Location: Normal, Illinois

“Next to every counter and food item there was a card listing the top 8 allergens if it contained any. Additionally, there were separate gluten-free and vegan counters with many different options.”

@rzn3grlz who manages peanut, tree nut, and soy allergies


12. Grinnell College

Location: Grinnell, Iowa

“Next to every counter and food item there was a card listing the top 8 allergens if it contained any. Additionally, there were separate gluten-free and vegan counters with many different options.”

@harp.o who manages a milk allergy


13. Merrimack College

Location: North Andover, Massachusetts

“Had a dedicated area for students with food allergies where safe foods were kept. All food served in the cafeteria had a sign next to it stating the ingredients and allergy information.”

@ckr16 who manages peanut, tree nut, and soy allergies


14. St. Mary's College of California

Location: Moraga, California

“The Dining Hall staff are very accommodating to allergies. Because the college is so small, staff recognize you and can plan for alternative meal choices.”

@skelly4545 who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


15. The University of Texas at Austin

Location: Austin, Texas

“Food allergy center available, plus a food bar in the dining hall providing foods free of the 9 main allergens.”

@celie who manages peanut, seed, vegetable, and fruit allergies


16. Georgetown

Location: Washington, D.C.

“There is a dietician on-site who is happy to work with specialized diets. The chef will gladly make accommodated dishes, and they only have one dining hall so it limits risk among different chefs.”

@awissink who manages peanut, shellfish, seed, vegetable, and fruit allergies


17. University of Denver

Location: Denver, Colorado

“Sodexo handles the cafeteria food, and all the chefs are AllerTrained. Every ingredient is marked on cards by the food and also available on TV screens throughout the cafeteria.”

@allergicchild who manages a peanut allergy

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18. Michigan State

Location: East Lansing, Michigan

“MSU is working with my son to make sure he has options to eat for every meal. It takes a little extra effort and time and requires him to be proactive and speak up when he is not comfortable with the preparation. The chefs support this 100%.

@opalnike who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, soy, seed, and legume allergies


Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

“I met with a dietician to go over everything I needed to know about how to handle my severe PN TN allergy in college, and not only are the cafeterias PN TN free, they also have dining section that’s PN TN and gluten free.”

@gabbylevinson who manages peanut, tree nut, and fruit allergies


Location: Santa Clara, California

“Santa Clara University’s staff has made it very easy for me to enjoy food on campus. There are a lot more food allergy options than I thought there would be. Every dining place I have been to on campus has been extremely well accommodating to my needs!

@mkraus2 who manages egg and seed allergies


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