Gluten Free College Experiences

I need your help!  I’m writing an article for Living Without Magazine about being gluten-free in college.  Since I was not GF when I was in college, I would love both parents’ and students’ thoughts and anecdotes about their own personal experiences.

  • How did you choose your college/university?
  • How did you investigate beforehand?
  • Which school did you pick and how has it lived up to your expectations?
  • How have you been surprised?  Disappointed?
  • Is there anything that has changed since you’ve been at school?
  • What are your favorite dorm snacks?
  • Parents, how did you best support your child while not being overbearing?

Thanks for your help!  Feel free to leave your insights in the comment section on the blog or email me directly at


  1. Lisa O'Brien says:

    I was diagnosed during the summer between my freshman and sophomore year back in 2005. I went to Slippery Rock University (SRU) in PA, double majored in exercise science and dance. Upon starting my sophomore year, I began my gluten-free diet, which was quite challenging at first. At the time, celiac disease was still under the radar in most areas, so there was no dedicated gluten-free cooking for college students at SRU. After a month of eating only rice and fruit and dropping a bunch of weight, I made an appointment with the school’s registered dietician. She was very receptive to my concern and even took me back into the kitchen to look at labels of the salad dressings, sauces, etc. The kitchen agreed to cook a chicken breast and baked potato for me everyday around dinnertime so I could ask for it whenever I came in.

    Since graduation in 2008, I have heard that the dining halls at SRU have expanded upon gluten-free cooking, even setting aside a section of gluten-free bread, bagels and gluten-free toaster. More things apparently are labeled and the kitchen workers are better educated on what contains gluten. Although I wasn’t able to enjoy this expansion during my time at SRU, it’s great to know that other gluten-free students can safely participate in a college dining hall experience with an abundance of choices and no worry of contamination.

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