This yearâ€™s college freshmen are less concerned with their religious identity and more concerned about their future job prospects.
Or at least thatâ€™s according to an annual survey, The American Freshman, released recently by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The survey included responses from more than 153,000 college freshmen at 227 schools nationwide.
The survey suggested that college freshmen are increasingly distancing themselves from religion. Nearly 28 percent of those surveyed did not identify with a religion, a number that has increased by 12 percent since 1971.
Ajay Nair, Emory Universityâ€™s dean of campus life, says this number suggests that students are participating in religious life in other ways. ...