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Students' spiritual interests increase on campus, even without worship


LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The survey of more than 14,000 students by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that more than 50 percent of students 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. Slightly more than half the students said they attended services in college at about the same rate as they attended them in high school. Almost 40 percent, however, said they worshipped less frequently. Seven percent said they worshipped more.