Most U.S. colleges lack Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish student groups

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Most colleges in the United States lack religious groups representing Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish students, according to new peer-reviewed research by The Conversation.

The study involved religious student groups at 1,953 nonprofit four-year colleges and universities in the United States.

The data revealed that there are Muslim student groups in only 28% of US universities, Jewish student groups in 25% of institutions, while Buddhist and Hindu student groups are represented in only 5 % The establishments.

The results further show that 66% of US higher education institutions have no religious student groups.

Some 40% of public colleges and universities and 27% of private Christian colleges and universities have minority student groups.

A survey by North Carolina State University (NCSU), Ohio State University (OSU), and the nonprofit Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) program, which involved thousands of college students attending four over more of 120 campuses, found that 58% of fourth-year college students said their university was “somewhat” welcoming.

These students were interviewed in the fall of 2015, at the end of their freshman year in the spring of 2016, and again at the end of their fourth year of college in 2019.

Additionally, a report titled “Campus Climate Report 2019-2020: Islamophobia on College Campuses and its Impact on Muslim Students,” which involved 570 Muslim students at more than 60 institutions across the state of California, including public universities and private schools, found that 40 percent of Muslim college attendees in California have experienced harassment and discrimination because of their religious views.

74% of Muslim students participating in the survey said their institution had failed to make statements, accommodations or address policy issues affecting their community. Meanwhile, 30% of students said they had been discriminated against and harassed after defending the Islamic religion.

According to the US Department of Education, the number of religion-related crimes on campus nearly doubled between 2009 and 2017.

There are a considerable number of colleges affiliated with religions, according to Forbes, including:

  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
  • Doane University, Crete, Nebraska
  • Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio
  • Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Center College, Danville, Kentucky

Christianity is the largest religion in the United States.

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