Between the Va-Va Vegan Bar, located in Keeton House; One World Café, an all-vegetarian café on campus offering popular dishes such as African peanut stew and a vegan Reuben; and the barbecued tofu with smoked tomatoes and watermelon at the Trillium Café, students at Cornell have good reason to want to re-enroll for as many years as possible. Other must-try dishes include the Tofu Kan delight, orange tamari grilled tofu steaks, dairy-free blueberry smoothies, and vegan black-cocoa cake with vegan ganache.
University of North Texas
Shaking the university dining scene to its very core, the University of North Texas opened the nation's first all-vegan dining hall at a major school last fall—called Mean Greens—in response to student demand and thus kick-started a burgeoning nationwide trend. The fortunate students on campus can feast on vegetarian sushi, vegan pancakes, biscuits with chocolate gravy, vegan soft-serve ice cream, and much more.
Continuing to raise its profile among the nation's most vegan-friendly schools, Towson has really stepped it up this year. Its T-Veggie program, started in 2009, now covers the whole campus and offers delicious cruelty-free options, including coconut-curry tofu and lentil sloppy Joes. Vegan chicken cheese steaks and Tex-Mex tater tot casseroles are just a small sampling of the meat-free meals that appeal to all students. Don't miss the Silk soy milk dispensers, now offered in all dining halls on campus.
University of Florida
With an online vegan food guide and a dizzying array of vegan options, UF offers vegetable burgers with barbecued pineapple relish, tofu po' boy sandwiches with Cajun coleslaw, and much more. And with the news that a vegan chef has been added to the staff this year, we expect things to keep getting better in Gainesville.
University of Illinois
With vegan options at every meal and in every dining location, the biggest challenge that students at the University of Illinois face is deciding what and where to eat. Vegan pumpkin lasagna, chana masala, and vegan ramen are some of the more popular offerings. Soy-Tainly, an all-vegan venue at Ikenberry Commons, is a must-visit, but also be sure to check out Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall's Mongolian wok station (complete with tofu, tempeh, and edamame) and Leafy!—a new vegetarian/vegan specialty restaurant at the Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall.
University of Colorado – Boulder
The progressive pulse of the Mountain West, the University of Colorado–Boulder is consistently at the forefront of vegan dining, offering delicious ethnic dishes such as aloo mutter, hearty fruit-and-granola salads, and new menu additions, including the macaroni and cashew cheese.
University of Connecticut
Students are thrilled to discover that there are vegan meals galore at the University of Connecticut, including vegan ravioli caprese, vegan chicken pot pie, sweet-and-sour tempeh, and vegan tortellini della pangrattato. It even offers vegan desserts, such as French apple squares!
UC Santa Cruz
With its innovative program, in which a dining hall goes completely vegetarian for one day each week, students all over campus get to enjoy delicious veggie foods, including tofu curry Massaman, black-bean vegan tostadas, vegetables and chickpeas in Madras curry sauce, and tomato tempeh stir fry with brown rice.
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
The University of Massachusetts has justifiably earned its reputation as a forward-thinking institution, even in a region of Massachusetts that is already ahead of the curve. Vegan sub sandwiches, vegan shepherd's pie, and barbecue riblet sandwiches are just a few of the many meatless options that students rave about. Also, don't miss out on the school's all-vegetarian Earthfoods Café!
Honorable Mention: University of South Florida, Indiana University, Ohio University