How Does Your College Rank For Delivery Food?

Which schools have the best tippers, the most polite customers, and the highest rollers?

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Website Spoon University and food delivery service GrubHub got together and analyzed over 1 million delivery orders to college campuses. To find the sample, they looked at orders placed in the ZIP of a campus where the user had a “.edu” email address. Then, they ranked campuses based on what time of day they ordered, what types of cuisine they ordered, and if they included health notes like “hold the mayo” or polite ones like “please” and “thank you”.

Note: these rankings are based only on orders through GrubHub, but not the Dominos pizza tracker app, or you know, actually calling up the place on the phone.

3. Best tippers:

1. Virginia Tech
2. University of Delaware
3. University of Colorado
4. Towson University
5. University of Virginia
6. West Chester University
7. University of Pittsburgh
8. Central Michigan University
9. University of Tennessee
10. Boise State University

(Exact tip percentage info is not publicly released by GrubHub.)

4. Most caffeinated (percent of orders containing coffee or energy drinks):

1. University of Pennsylvania – more than 10% of orders contain coffee or energy drinks
2. Drexel University – 9%
3. Lehigh University – 8%
4. The College of New Jersey – 8%
5. University of the Sciences – 8%
6. Temple University – 7%
7. Hofstra University – 6%
8. Middle Tennessee State University – 5%
9. Rochester Institute of Technology – 5%
10. Rider University – 4%

5. Late night orders (after 10pm):

1. Syracuse University – over 24% of orders are from 10pm-2am
2. Michigan State University – 21%
3. University of Connecticut –19%
4. Ithaca College – 19%
5. The Ohio State University – 19%
6. Cornell University – 18%
7. Tufts University – 18%
8. Le Moyne College – 18%
9. University at Albany – 17%
10. Georgia Tech University – 17%

6. Most different types of ethnic cuisine ordered:

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1. Columbia College – 44 unique ethnic cuisines ordered
2. New York University – 37
3. School of the Art Institute Chicago – 33
4. Loyola University of Chicago – 32
5. Columbia University – 31
6. University of Pennsylvania – 30
7. Drexel University – 28
8. Temple University – 27
9. Northwestern University – 27
10. University of Illinois – 26

Unsurprisingly, the top ones are mostly in large cities like New York or Chicago where there are lots of different ethnic cuisine restaurants available.

7. Most polite (orders include a note or special instructions with the term “please” or “thank you”):

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1. University of Pennsylvania – 16% of orders contain “please” or “thank you”
2. Yale University – 16%
3. University of the Sciences – 15%
4. Loyola University of Chicago – 14%
5. The College of New Jersey – 14%
6. Georgetown University – 14%
7. Temple University – 14%
8. Occidental College – 13%
9. Yeshiva University – 13%
10. Drexel University – 13%

8. Most expensive orders, compared to the college campuses average:

1. Yale University +9% more than the median subtotal for college students
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology +9%
3. University of San Francisco +5%
4. Boston University +5%
5. Wesleyan University +5%
6. School of the Art Institute Chicago +4%
7. Harvard University +4%
8. Boston College +4%
9. Stanford University +4%
10. Columbia College +4%

These schools are mostly located in a city where delivery food is relatively expensive, such as Boston or San Francisco.

correction

A previous version of this post did not clarify that these rankings were was a joint effort between GrubHub and Spoon University.

Additionally, the previous version stated that Seamless was a separate company from GrubHub. The two companies merged in 2013.

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