When you order a meal plan, you are actually ordering a total number of meals. For example, the Five Meal Plan equates to 5 meals a week for a fourteen week semester (number of weeks per semester may vary, 14 is an average number of weeks based on previous years). If per chance the current semester has more than 14 weeks then you will run out of meals assuming you have eaten 5 meals a week. Subsequently, the inverse is also true. If any given semester is shorter than 14 weeks you will have extra meals at the end of the semester and should plan accordingly.