Though college students’ attendance at worship services declines, an interest in spiritual matters grows for many during their time on campus, a new study shows.
UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute compared the views of students who were freshmen in the fall of 2004 with the same students’ thoughts in the spring of 2007, when they were juniors.
The survey of over 14,000 students found that more than 50 percent of them considered “integrating spirituality into my life” very important or essential in 2007—an increase of almost 10 percentage points from 2004. Likewise, more students thought “developing a meaningful philosophy of life” was essential or very important.
While their spiritual interests increased, their worship attendance did not.