Chips are everywhere, but there are better options for you: Stick with vegetables and fruits, and choose unprocessed foods when possible.
Do you have quick food recommendations for busy students who tend to skip breakfast/lunch or who don't have time due to busy scheduling? Are there any grab-and-go options that you would recommend?
From the perspective of nutrition, two principles apply to on-the-go food. Look for fruits and vegetables whenever you can get them, and choose foods that are as unprocessed as possible. The closer you can get to eating basic foods, the more nutrients they contain for their calories -- in nutrispeak, they are of high nutrient density.
To see what options might be available, I went to the dining hall at New York University's Kimmel Student Center. Alas, chips are at every counter and cash register. You can do better.
Some healthy choices are obvious: bananas, pears, and five kinds of apples. Others are carrot packs, yogurt, hard-cooked eggs, and hummus with pretzels.
You have to search hard for the other interesting options. A helpful manager pointed to snack packs of organic dried banana chips, mangos, and goldenberries. Goldenberries look like raisins, which would be another good choice, but I didn't see any. I also didn't find any packages of nuts. These are great as long as you don't eat too many. If you want your dorm cafeteria to carry items like this, ask.