Journal Article

Religion, College Grades, and Satisfaction among Students at Elite Colleges and Universities<sup>*</sup>

Margarita Mooney

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 71, issue 2, pages 197-215
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2010 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/srq035
Religion, College Grades, and Satisfaction among Students at Elite Colleges and Universities*

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Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen, a sample of nearly 3,924 students at 28 of the most selective college and universities in the United States, this paper tests hypotheses about religion, academic performance, and satisfaction at college. Two measures of religiosity—attending religious services every week or more and a 1 to 10 scale of observance of one's religious traditions and customs—increase the amount of hours students report spending on academic work and extracurricular activities, as well as reduce the hours students report going to parties. Even when controlling for time spent partying, studying and in extracurricular activities, regular attendance at religious services increases academic achievement. Finally, students who attend religious services weekly and those who are more observant of their religious traditions also report being more satisfied at college.

Keywords: religion; higher education; educational attainment; secularization

Journal Article.  7380 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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