Religious Opportunities on Campuses

Schools meet the spiritual needs of their students

No matter what type of school you attend, college life brings with it many changes. That’s why many students turn to their faith and seek out religious organizations on campus. These groups also offer the chance to deepen your faith, explore new practices and principles, or simply meet other students with similar backgrounds and beliefs.

Of course there are always off-campus places of worship, but many private and public colleges and universities also sponsor religious groups that operate on campus to meet the needs of students from a wide variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds, from Christians and Jews to Hindus, Muslims, and Bahá’ís. These groups come in all different shapes and sizes, and many hold weekly meetings or Bible studies, as well as conduct outreach programs, community service projects, and other special events.

Finding religious student organizations should be easy. Many schools have a central office or association designed to help students find the group that’s right for them. The Dean of Students is also a good place for information—many will have a list of religious organizations on or near campus.

Some groups, such as Campus Crusade for Christ International, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Hillel, and Athletes in Action are huge programs that operate groups on hundreds of campuses nationwide and beyond. Others are simply run by students wanting to seek out and get together with a group of their peers to discuss their spiritual lives as well as other issues they may be facing. In fact, if you don’t find a group that meets your needs, you can always consider starting one of your own. Chances are you’ll find other like-minded students who will be glad you did.


This article was written by Paula Andruss

Paula Andruss is a Cincinnati-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications including Parents,, Marketing News, Crain's Chicago Business, and Cincinnati magazine.

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