The central purpose of the University of Virginia is to enrich the mind by stimulating a spirit of inquiry directed to understanding the nature of the universe and the role of mankind. Thomas Jefferson created UVa within the parameters of this life philosophy, and U.Va. strives to embrace his vision to this day – U.Va. Dining is integral to this mission. There are 4 dining rooms on Grounds that serve 8,500 students per day plus over 20 retail and food court locations. Hours range from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. We permit the students to keep their eyes on the academic and extracurricular activities while U.Va. Dining takes care of the food. Under the umbrella of U.Va. Dining is a very important and vibrant group of students, administrators, faculty and staff: the Green Dining group. Our eco-friendly passion is a perfect fit with Virginia Green.