The variety in the dining halls and in the Union is good, but the food is passable and no better. Special-need diets, such as vegetarians and vegans, can find it difficult to find an appropriate meal. The smaller food carts scattered throughout campus also provide students a quick bite between classes if they can't make it to a dining hall when they are in a rush. The dining halls themselves offer many different all-you-can-eat options, and though the food is rather expensive, it is at least filling.
As far as college food goes, Rensselaer's dining services are middle of the road. Students appreciate the variety and try to mix it up so they are not always eating the same thing everyday, but eventually, even that gets old. The food is tolerable, and the seemingly limitless choices help keep things fresh for the students.