Just got off the phone with my mom. My little brother Eric just got done with his junior year in high school, and is therefore looking at colleges. The family is in Michigan right now, and yesterday they went to look at Kalamazoo College. When touring, they were told that a majority of students identify as atheists or agnostics.
In a way, this surprises me. The group I'm involved in running, Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at UW-Madison, is one of the tiniest groups on campus, while the largest groups are things like Campus Crusade and the UW-Roman Catholic Foundation. Newcomers at meetings often say they're glad to find a haven from the swarms of religious groups on campus. On the other hand, in casual conversation I know a great many students identify as atheist or agnostic. There's a possibility that if the school every conducted a campus wide survey, we'd come out like Kalamazoo, and discover the only reason anyone thought otherwise is because the religious groups are just a lot more active. Maybe not a huge possibility, but it wouldn't surprise me. How unusual could Kalamazoo be? Anyone know of better data on this?
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