Religion Thrives on College Campuses

Jan 22, 2019

Students from Campus Christian House help with move in at MSU.

Do students lose their religious beliefs when they enter college? Many believe yes. Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Blanche Gorma Strong Chair in Protestant Studies at Missouri State University, worked with historian Dr. Kathleen Mahoney to examine this question: Where does religion stand in the heart of American universities?

They compiled their research in a new book, "The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education." It was published in September.

Schmalzbauer says that religion on campus may look different than previous generations remember – some evangelical groups have gained membership and other historically Eastern religious groups have been established and grown on campus. But religion is still a big player on campuses nationwide.

Read more about his findings.