Every year the Princeton Review ranks America’s 382 best colleges, but students say, one category compiled for the list is becoming increasingly important.

“In researching our guides to help high school students determine the best college for them, we have learned that food is becoming an increasingly important factor in their decision-making process,” said Rob Franek, Editor in Chief of The Princeton Review.

Students are more health conscious then ever before, and they want to know that when they move to their new environment, they can continue to eat the diet they’re nutritionally and morally accustomed to — or looking to upgrade to.

Many schools are committed to offering students healthy food options, but a few have gone above and beyond to offer sustainable and sometimes locally-sourced foods, nutrition classes, and extensive recycling and composting programs. Here are the top 10 ranked colleges for food, according to the students who dine there.

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
  2. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  3. Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  4. St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  5. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
  6. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  7. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  8. Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
  9. Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
  10. Bates College, Lewiston, ME

(h/t Food & Wine)

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.