A decade ago, if a college student decided to go vegan, they would probably be pretty limited in the school cafeteria: Maybe they’d nibble on pasta or a salad before giving up and making their own food. But according to a study conducted by peta2, PETA’s youth branch, tasty, meat-free dining options are starting to become more readily available for college students. The study claims that since 2013, the number of vegan offerings on large university campuses has doubled.
The poll covered approximately 1,400 college dining programs nationwide and showed that more than twice as many schools, including American University, University of California–San Diego, and the University of North Texas, now offer vegan dining stations that did not when the survey was first completed in 2013.
"More colleges than ever are making the grade when it comes to meeting the skyrocketing demand for healthy, delicious vegan food,” Ryan Huling, Director of International Youth Outreach at PETA told The Daily Meal. “Peta2's survey has revealed that dining programs and large corporate contractors alike adopting vegan products like Just Mayo, swapping out beef for veggie burgers, and even opening all-vegan dining halls for hungry students."
Some universities are trying to get all students, even the carnivorous ones, in on the action. The survey revealed that Miami University in Ohio offered 80 percent vegan options for its annual dining hall Thanksgiving feast. Even omnivorous students were chowing down on vegan mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and sweet potato casserole.