One of the biggest "perks" at Hilton College is our popular student-run coffeehouse, Cougar Grounds. This campus hot spot, the brainchild of Hilton College alumnus and Dirk’s Coffee owner Dirk Smith, features gourmet coffee, blended coffee drinks, deluxe teas, pastries, desserts and more in the hip atmosphere of an independent, urban coffeehouse.
Located on the first floor of the College's South Wing, Cougar Grounds is the first university coffeehouse in the country to be run by students as part of a corollary education class. It serves as the laboratory for an entrepreneurship class, in which students learn all about small-business operations, including marketing and sales, price-setting, payroll, cost control, supply management and new product development.
Cougar Grounds is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and is closed on weekends and University holidays.