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College students say “yes” to spirituality, “no” to church

December 2, 2003


UCLAs Higher Education Research Institute has found that while most college students say theyre interested in religion and spirituality, only 29 percent regularly attend religious services by the time they are juniors.

The institute analyzed questionnaires completed by 3,680 juniors at 46 campuses.
December 2, 2003


UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute has found that while most college students say they're interested in religion and spirituality, only 29 percent regularly attend religious services by the time they are juniors.

The institute analyzed questionnaires completed by 3,680 juniors at 46 campuses.

In addition, they registered strong “yes” responses to whether they discuss religion or spirituality with friends (78 percent), pray (77 percent), think beliefs provide support and guidance (74 percent), say beliefs help develop identity (73 percent) and consider religion personally helpful (71 percent).

However, 62 percent said their professors never encourage discussions of religious or spiritual matters.
—Excerpted from an Associated Press article