Does anyone here (or is a parent of a student) attend or is planning to attend a college in the US that accommodates the gluten-free lifestyle? I think it would be great if we all list that college here for future students to consider as part of the college search. A list like this will serve our community for years to come. And as more colleges get with the program, it can be added to the list at any time.
I am just beginning the college search so I can only start with one.
Colorado State. Probably the other Colorado ones, too. gluten-free is well recognized in Colorado.
They have gluten-free food at every meal. Anyone can have it. My son says the gluten-free stuff is better because they are really careful with it. No gravy spoon grabbed to scoop up green beans, etc. they have a gluten-free chocolate cake that everyone loves. He isn't gluten-free so I don't know the full story on it but it would be worth looking into. They also have a nice kitchen in his dorm for students. Bring your own pans for Celiac.
I am a freshman in college so I recently was looking at schools. I would recomend finding the schools that you are interested in for their major, size, location, etc. before worring too much about them accomidating celiacs, especially if you have a dr dignosis. When you go on college visits make sure to try out their gluten free options and scout out how the cafeteria is set up, also look into what the menu is for the whole year to make sure they don't only make 3 dishes. Also a good place to start is with disability services because the sooner you get them on your side the better accomidations they can do for you. Keep an open mind about accomidations too, I attend Eastern Kentucky University, instead of having me live in a dorm they put me into an efficancy appartment and didn't require me to get a meal plan. When I was looking at universities I checked out concordia university wisconsin and found out they offered a gluten free option but it was a buffet style where students could move the spoons, I tried it and got sick. some that I found were pretty good with gluten-free accomidations (from college visits) are, michigan state, eku (where I go), and smith college (all girls school), I have also heard that Western Illinois university is pretty good with it but i don't know for sure.
I wish you luck
Northeastern in Boston was really good at accomdating my DD a few years ago. You have to live on campus the first year so they let us opt out of the meal plan and put her in houseing where she lived in a dorm in a single room with a small kitchette.
Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)
celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45 Blood tested and repeatedly negative Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002 Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002 Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007
Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56 Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15
Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom
Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007
Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007 HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303
Any college that isn't willing to help make sure your experience is a good one, isn't worth going to. I went to 2 different ones and worked at 3 more that all went above and beyond to help me with my meals. Most places should be willing to help!
My son is about to attend Penn State, which (for a huge school) is doing pretty well accomodating celiac students but isn't as impressive as Ithaca College. IC has a dedicated kitchenette at the cafeteria which will prepare whatever you want; also has a gluten-free section in the convenience store and a gluten-free student advisory committee. PSU has interns that will code a month of menus and email it to you --- but most of the food isn't safe or gluten-free. They do have a list of stuff to choose from just for gluten-free students, though, and the individual dining hall managers are very accomodating. We also looked at Syracuse, which is trying but I wasn't impressed. I hear Boston College and Michigan (University of , not M State) are highly regarded.
There's a thread here about this, and how to ask questions -- try searching for it?Pity Party/ College Search Time to sit on the whiny couch --it's in the parents/children forum but had a lot of convo about the issues. (I started it when I was highly irritated with the schools we were looking at. I have since calmed down!!)
Mom/wife to celiacs dx 12/03 and 12/04
Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts -George Tilton