A recent UCLA study indicates students become more spiritual during their college years. The study makes a distinction between religiosity and spirituality, as I expected they would do in such a project.
The results are most interesting to me. Especially enlighteneing were the charts that distinguish the behavior of students when they are freshmen versus when they are juniors.
Here’s a link to the study at The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
Here’s some information from the introduction.
The study finds that while attendance at religious services decreased dramatically for most students between their freshman and junior years, the students’ overall level of spirituality, as defined by the researchers, increases. On hot-button social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage, the study finds that students become increasingly liberal.