The increasingly secular nature of the United States has been on the minds of many religious leaders across the country. Among Americans ages 18-29, 25% say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion. There are still a number of universities that boast a high number of religious students, however. According to the 2014 Princeton Review list, the most religious students hail from some institutionally religious schools as well as secular universities.
The school with the most religious students is Brigham Young University, Provo, a Mormon institution that has been a center for religious education and piety for many years. Other explicitly religious schools that made the list include Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA, and Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.
While the stereotype has traditionally been that individuals are more religious in the south than in other parts of the country, the universities and colleges that made this list can be found all around the nation. Religious colleges in the northeast include St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and Grove City College in Grove City, PA. Religious colleges in the Midwest include College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO, and the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN.
Quite a few historically black colleges also made the list, including Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL, and Hampton University in Hampton, VA. Even though these schools are not rooted in one particular religious tradition, they have a culture of religious respect and devotion.
Overall, Catholic institutions dominate the list, which follows from the rich history of educational institutions within the Catholic faith. For students who are looking for a way to continue their religious devotion once they enter into university, there are a number of options. Through careful research, one can find an institution that works for them.
Most Religious Students
- Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
- Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA
- Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
- University of Dallas, Irving, TX
- Grove City College, Grove City, PA
- Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
- College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO
- Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
- Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
- University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
- University of Scranton,
- Texas A&M University – College Station,
- Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
- Baylor University, Waco, TX
- Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
- Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
- Hampton University, Hampton, VA
- Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
- Creighton University, Omaha, NE
- St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH
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