The Dine-With-a-Prof Program allows undergraduate students to dine with one of their esteemed faculty members for free!
You're invited to lunch with your professor, in a program sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and College Student Affairs Offices.
The program fosters informal, out-of-classroom interactions between you and your professors. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a professional dining atmosphere at the UC San Diego Faculty Club, or the more casual setting of Zanzibar @ the Loft.
After you've invited your professor out to lunch, obtain a meal card at your college's Student Affairs Office. The meal card can be redeemed at the Faculty Club or Zanzibar Cafe.
The meal card can be redeemed only by the faculty member with the undergraduate student as a guest.
If another student would like to join your lunch, that student must pick up a meal voucher at her/ his college of registration.
Student eligibility: The program is open to all currently enrolled UCSD undergraduate students.
Faculty eligibility: The professor or graduate teaching assistant must be currently employed by the university. They cannot be staff, administrative advisors, or counselors.
Bring the above information to your college's Student Affairs Office to sign up and receive your free meal card:
You may participate in the program once per quarter during the academic year (the program does not run through summer sessions).
It’s easy to ask a professor a question in class or in office hours, but how do you start a conversation at lunch? Here are some conversation starters to get you talking:
Can multiple students take the same professor out to lunch together?
Yes, students may coordinate up to 3 people per lunch. Each student must obtain their own meal card to participate.
Can I participate in the program more than once per academic year?
Yes, students may participate once each academic quarter!
Can I invite my Graduate TA to lunch instead of a professor?
Yes, students may invite their graduate TAs.
What if I am not currently enrolled in a class with a professor or TA that I am interested in taking to lunch — can I still invite them?
Of course! However, the professor or TA must be currently employed by the university.
I lost my meal card — can a get a replacement card?
No, we cannot give out replacement meal cards, as cards are limited.
How should I decide which dining facility to eat at?
Ask your professor if they have a preference. The Faculty Club offers a casual dining atmosphere with a buffet-style lunch. Zanzibar Café provides a lively dining experience with café-style ordering.
Under the same rules and procedures as Dine-With-a-Prof, the Coffee-With-a-Prof program allows you to take a faculty member/ graduate teaching assistant out to coffee at select coffee carts on campus.
Contact your college's Student Affairs Office for more information or to sign up.