Non-Religious Students Make Up More Than a Third of Harvard’s New Freshman Class

By Hemant MehtaFriendly Atheist

It’s not a scientific survey by any means, but Harvard’s newspaper, The Crimson, asked incoming freshman to fill out a survey in order to assess various demographic trends. More than 70% of students responded. The section about religious beliefs, in particular, is unbelievable:
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The percentage of atheists/Agnostics (35.6%) is almost identical to that of Protestants/Catholics (37%). If you included “Other” in our category, as many surveys often do, it’d be even higher.

I’m not claiming that’s representative of anything beyond just Harvard — which isn’t exactly a run-of-the-mill school — but I wonder how many other colleges are seeing similar trends.

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