First the bad news:
Among incoming freshmen, for example, 43.7% said they frequently attend services; by the end of their junior year, that was down to 25.4%. Also, 37.5% of juniors said they did not attend services, up from 20.2% who said so as new freshmen.Some good news:
One area of potential opportunity: in the classroom. Nearly 60% of students said their professors never encouraged discussions of religious or spiritual matters, and fewer than 20% said their professors "frequently" encouraged exploration of questions of meaning and purpose.Now, they also say that juniors/seniors seem to be more concerned with helping others and they haven't figured out why. I can tell you in one word - maturity. Most freshman are teenagers. Most seniors are adults (notice "most" is an important word here) in their maturity levels.
We have a long way to go to overcome the obstacles that are in the way of faith in higher education.