Princeton Review ranks most and least religious schools
A survey listing the nation's most religious colleges revealed some surprises.
August 19th, 2011
11:53 AM ET

Princeton Review ranks most and least religious schools

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - Bennington College students recently learned that their Vermont school had received an honor that some might consider dubious: They attend the least religious college in America, according to an annual educational survey.

Bennington’s selection was part of an intriguing national survey listing the Top 5 colleges in the U.S. for most and least religious students.

The survey is part of a larger study conducted by the Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based educational services company, for its new book, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 edition.”

Princeton Review interviewed 122,000 students at 376 top colleges to rate their schools and describe their campus experiences. Some of the categories included: Top colleges for “Most Conservative/Most Liberal Students,” “Best Professors,” and “Great Financial Aid.”

The survey’s questions about religion, though, caught our attention.

The 5 colleges with "most religious students” were: Brigham Young University, which is Mormon, in Utah; Hillsdale College in Michigan; Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic school in California; Wheaton College, an evangelical school in Illinois; and Grove City College, an evangelical school in Pennsylvania.

The 5 colleges with “least religious students” were: Bennington College; Reed College in Oregon; Bard College in New York; Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College, both in New York.

Robert Franek, author of "Best 376 Colleges," says the survey’s method for determining a college’s religiosity was simple: The Princeton Review just talked to students.

“We wanted to hear from whom we consider the college experts - current college students,” he says. “Those are the folks who are the real experts.”

Franek says students were asked if they strongly agreed or strongly disagreed that other students on campus were religious. Students were asked to give their answers on a five-point scale. The results were used to tally the book’s ranking lists of the top 5 finishers in each religious category.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture wars • Education

soundoff (1,058 Responses)
  1. bob

    its pretty much a fact as intelligence goes up belief in a god goes down .. what does that tell ya

    August 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      You can get so smart, you're stupid?
      Intelligence isn't all it's cracked up to be?
      You loose all sense of proper capitalization?
      You start posting rumor as fact?
      You become so desperate for attention ,you start posting your opinion on blogs?
      You start to figure your great aunt Tillie was a simian?
      You don't have to pray to pass tests anymore?
      You can pass gas with immunity?
      You think you're smarter than the average bear?
      I give up, what does that tell me?

      August 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Jane

      Bob, do you have any studies that prove that? Statistically, my IQ is in the top 1%, actually a fraction of 1%, and I believe in God, but that's not bragging rights. I was given my abilities for a reason and not for pride, just as we all are given our own abilities for a reason, whatever they are. In my opinion, the more impressed one is with himself or herself, the more likely he or she is to think that God doesn't exist? Why? Because he or she is unable to prove the existence of God. Your inability to prove something should not be used as proof that it is not true. That's like saying that if you can't see the top of the mountain while standing at the base, then the top of the mountain doesn't exist.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • John A.

      For Jane's reply; I can still go to the mountain and verify it's existence. If your faith allows that kind of empirical evidence then believing wouldn't be a problem, would it? Beside, an IQ number doesn't GIVE you intelligence, only a better capacity for gathering knowledge and using deductive reasoning to an acute level. I have faith. I know my truck will start in the morning because I know it has a new battery. That is faith based on knowledge. So come on, God or whomever. Show yourself. Quit hiding behind this blind faith crap. Once you do, a whole lot of people will no longer die for the wrong reasons, and I'll believe and praise and all that narcissistic crap.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      @john a. God did show Himself, in the person of Immanuel,Jesus of Nazareth.
      If you do not believe the Law and the Prophets(the Bible)(testimony)neither will you believe a man returned from the grave.

      August 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • Jen

      herbert juarez is just grasping at straws in order to make any response. herbert, you're just stupid and genetics dealt you some bad cards. Your life must suck, but there's probably no god so get over it, live a bit, and try to be happy.

      August 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      I have both joy and abundant life,where are the "straws"?Did you just" make up " that assessment or did you copy it from someone ?

      August 23, 2011 at 5:59 am |
    • RBN1970

      For Jane's reply; My God killed your God. Just because I can't prove it, doesn't mean it didn't happen. You've put your faith in a dead guy...

      August 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  2. baulblart

    Religion is a symptom of stupidity.

    August 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Bill Belichick's Hoody

      Jesus loves you. U mad?

      August 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Mary

      Are saying Mother Theresa was stupid? or the Dalai Lama?

      August 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Or the Dr. Martin Luther King so (other-wise) idolized by the Liberal Left. Or George Washington, who did actually make the statement that "without God and the Bible" it would be impossible to govern the United States of America. Or John F. Kennedy who repeatedly made reference to God during his (Liberal Democratic) presidency. Or maybe you think Bill Clinton to be a little lame since he quoted the Bible in his first innaugural address:"And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. I guess the above-mentioned liberals are lame-brained for believing in a God.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • AGuest9

      @Dave – George Washington? Oh, the guy who ordered the extermination of the Six Nations in upstate New York in 1778? I guess he wouldn't be the first Christian guilty of genocide.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      Read two Bible verses and call me in the morning.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • XYZ

      And most of the most brutal, genocidal cultures in history were religiously fanatical countries like Mao's China, Stalin's Russia, Hitler's Germany, Hohxa's Albania, Pol Pot's Cambodia, Kim Jong Il's North Korea, Robespierre's France, Ceucescu's Romania, Ne Win's Myanmar, etc. etc. Interestingly enough, many of these were also very educated countries or had noted educated leaders like Hohxa. Just sayin, and I am not for Bachmann or Palin.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • SDFrankie

      Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama are/were not stupid. They're hucksters. It's their followers that are stupid. Do you not understand how this religion scam works?

      August 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Belichick is evil. How else can you explain his treatment of the godlike of Bernie Kosar? I never forget.

      August 23, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • RBN1970

      @Dave Divis: Lame-brained for quoting the bible, no. Pandering to people with no common sense, yes. And it works everytime! When will you people learn... Clearly, with a controlled mind like yours, you wouldn'tbe able to tell the difference. You don'thave to be bitter though. Cast off the shackles of your religious oppresion and join the free world – or stay a puppet that parrots dogma, just like you've been taught.

      August 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  3. SCAtheist

    Noticing the unreligious schools I see women written all over it.

    August 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • baulblart

      Women are smarter.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      I take ti that the SC in your screen-name must stand for South Carolina? Did you notice that there were no Southern Schools mentioned either pro or con? Odd, I am beginning to think of the South as a seperate and seceded country. Sometimes they treat us as such, unless there is a way to cut us down.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  4. Dan

    Bennington is the least religous college in the country? Now I wish I had gotten my degree from there.

    August 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Scarf

      Those non-religious colleges listed were real nettle movers. My eldest at Stanford is definitely not religious but had zero interest in any of these schools. My youngest is definitely not religious and she won't be applying to any of these schools either. How 'bout a survey of colleges I've actually heard of?

      August 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      I agree with you on both sides. I'm sitting next to my religious mom who has a masters from Penn. The non-religious schools are small, but they trump the religious 5 in acedemic excellence by a mile. The religious ones are far less conservative than the southern schools.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Mark C

      If you haven't heard of Vassar or Sarah Lawrence then you are an imbecile and were probably turned down by your local community college.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • AGuest9

      I was going to say, if you've never heard of them, you must be living under a rock.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Hey, be happy you have a degree.

      August 23, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  5. SCAtheist

    Love Islam? You are nuts. Turn Rush off.

    August 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • jeff

      what do u mean turn rush off? rush is awesome, tom sawyer, limelight, subdivisions, spirit of the radio

      August 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      @Jeff: Like! Definitely like!

      August 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  6. Tim

    Here ya go. Synthetic CO2 consuming organisms being creted for possible use in colonizing Mars. Laboratory born life! I couldn't reply to you directly because the reply tab isn't showing on this computer for some reason.


    When something can be created out of nothing I will accept the religion of Atheism as being true.
    Under the guise of the scientific notion, I defy science to reproduce the human brain, create DNA that matches with another person, create a universe that has order, make humans with all the complexities all the same with identical DNA factors, and every human with the same finger prints as another, and when an atheistic scientist can do that, I will rethink my level of thoughts in regards to God.
    Historically/Archaeologically: I have traveled the world and lived in the Middle East, specifically Israel. I would walk on the grounds where Jesus, Abraham and numerous other's and would look at the original text, and through my experiences, in particular where the Romans buried Jesus (Romans kept great records along with Flavius Josephus an historian during this time) and saw an empty tomb, it made sense to me.
    Philosophy (which means love of wisdom) I thought it wise to accept the fact that there is someone greater than I that could have made all that has happened in the natural course of events. So, it only be wise of me to accept that there is a Theos, God, Yawheh, and humans just placed a label so He would have a name, just like Bo.

    August 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      In addition to being an ungrammatical raving lunatic, I guess you can't process that not believing something is not the same as believing in something else. Turn Fake News off.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Mark C

      Who made god, Moron? God you freaks are hilarious sometimes.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Darryl

      Very well said Tim – You forgot to mention to have the unbelievers explain fish skeletons scientists have found over the years in the clefts of mountain top ranges, shark teeth discovered all in the Arizona deserts – Of course we know it was the flood – To a lot of non believers I speak to; it's sad because as opposed to looking/researching God's many evidences that He has left there are so many willfully ignorant in listening to modern man's (& I might add) opinion with nothing to back up evolution theories. So many don't want to see the light because man in general loves his sin & is at emnity with the "true" Lord of Hosts..

      August 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Hello, Darrel. I read your little spiel on mountain fossils, etc. I have also read extensively. I notice a recurring theme that the scientifically-inclined seem to want to brush under the rug. It has to do with anomalies in evolutionary "proof". Now, I will confess that I am not an archeologist, but there is a large sub-class of fossil anomalies. All of them highly noticable in most of national parks. Train your eyes to look for them. They include fossilized fish that span several strata(each of wich are purported to be "several millions of years old." Also, up-right trees from ancient deposit(entire forrests, actually) which span several of these Million year strata. The obvious question being"IF these fossils are so old and it takes MILLIONS of years to properly petrify, how in the heck did these specimans manage to survive together and largely intact"? For one thing, if these span several strata, it would appear that the EXPOSED material would have rotted before petrification could set in. These are only two examples of many.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Darryl? Two words: Plate Tectonics. Sheesh, learn a little bit about the planet we live on.

      August 23, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  7. dinak

    Almost every campus in America is anti-Christian, not least religious. Most universities are leftist, and therefore love Islam and hate Judaism (more importantly the state of Israel) and Christians. Maybe they should have spent their time researching how Lib policies have screwed our nation over the last 50 years and caused a complete decay of the Black family. Congratulations, Princeton, for spending time on such a worthy study as religion on campuses, when everyone knows it's almost nonexistent anyway.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • JLS639

      I have attended and worked at 3 different major universities: University of Georgia, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A&M University. I have rarely seen any anti-Christian sentiment. However, in the case of the former two, I saw a lot of complaints about anti-Christian sentiment. Christians published in the school paper complaining that the school will never publish anything from the Christian point of view (yes, no exaggeration, I saw that once at Wisconsin and many times at UGA). I read a lot of Calvinist literature in English and literature classes and in history class the closest thing I saw to anti-Christian sentiment was a comment about how Islamic scholars in West Africa criticized Christian teachers for doing exactly what the Islamic scholars had been doing (the hypocrisy was clearly pointed out).

      I really think the people talking about anti-Christian sentiments on campuses are deluded.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      We need to add the Christian persecution comples to the DSM

      August 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      I don't claim I can type.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Saboth

      "Love Islam" lol...I can tell you never went to a real college. And no, bible school doesn't count.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      @ JL whatever his screen-name is, a simple Prayer:" Lord, open his eyes" Sir, anti-christian bias really is everywhere-at least in media and academia.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  8. SurelyUjest

    This silly article just paints a big red target on these schools for the right wing religious zealots to focus on. The Religious in America are a bunch of fanatics who are out of control and want to control everything we do from the clothese we wear, to how we dance, what food we eat etc. Schools and Government should be entirely free of ANY religious doctrine. That does not mean their should not be religious schools, my only gripe with that is any tax break they could get for being associated with a non-taxed ministry.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Mr. Shirly Yoo Jest don't get it. If we Christians were truly the evil racist, bigotted and narrow-minded beings that you claim we are, I would wonder at the miracle of an Atheist still continueing to exist in America. If we are so cruel and hate-filled, how are you still openly living your Atheist life-style. If your comments were true, your kind would have been wiped out (God forbid) years ago. I know a man that I used to work with(an Atheist) and he is a fine man. As fine as any I have met. Would I punnish or hurt this man for his lack of belief? Again, I will say "God forbid". Good day to you , Sir.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  9. David M

    How did they define "religious"? Or does it cover the entire gamut? Religious could mean a lot of things, so to me, this survey does not mean a lot.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • JLS639

      They wrote about their criteria in the article.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Kid's opinions is not exactly specific. What did they ask them?

      August 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  10. BBoy705

    "Bennington College students recently learned that their Vermont school had received an honor that some might consider dubious: They attend the least religious..." Why is it a "dubious" honor? Mixing religion and education, outside a church, is just plan wrong anyway! I say good on them!

    August 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  11. Reality

    The opening prayer at all State universities e.g. Penn State, Michigan State, Florida State:

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


    August 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • BBoy705

      Good one! Can I use it during Festivus?

      August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Junius Gallio


      May I tell you, as an agnostic-bordering-on-atheist, that if the above is your actual understanding of Christianity, you need to read more history. (REAL history, not "Atheist Sound-Bite of the Week.")

      If it was satire, well, I missed it.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Mark C

      Uh, you do realize that not all (in fact a tiny percentage of) state universities end in "State." Right, Einstein?

      August 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  12. Jeff

    I've never heard of any of the schools on the least religious list. If you go to a big name school be willing to accept people of all sorts of different beliefs. Being rich, white and non-religious does not make you special. There are 3 billion people in Asia religious and probably alot smarter than you.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Aaron

      You've never heard of Vasser? Wow.

      August 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Mark C

      Clearly an idiot.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  13. normalice

    I would be interested in this survey. Why no link?

    August 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • CW

      Hi. Are you new to the internet? There is a company called Google, and they do wondrous things in the internet-search related business.

      August 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • tallulah13

      CW, normally I don't agree with much of what you say. But this time? Hee!

      August 23, 2011 at 1:13 am |
    • LinCA


      Try this:

      August 23, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  14. John

    I went to Reed. The unofficial motto of the school is "Atheism, Communism and Free Love." You can buy t-shirts in the bookstore with the motto. I guess the school has really fallen off from Old Reed. I mean, number 2? Behind Bennington College for Pete's sake? Bennington is for the rich kids that daddy couldn't get into Brown. I find their lack of faith suspect. At Reed, we used to actively disbelieved in God. We thought the American Atheists were too mainstream. We invited Dr. Ben Abraham, a facilophonotagnosticator from the local Public Access channel, to campus as a guest speaker. I was voted Pope (no joke) and I ran on a platform of agnosticism. Bennington? Could you kids at Reed sacrifice a goat or something? Maybe we should air drop some Slayer albums onto campus. I don't know, but where have all the values gone today?

    August 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Ancient Curse

      Whose values are you talking about?

      August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Keith

      I hate to break this to you, but Reed is for rich kids too.

      August 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Hey Johnny lets hear the OT po rn quotes again.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • Mark C

      Reed is for rich kids whose daddy couldn't get them into Cornell.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • tallulah13

      These days, Reed is for rich kids with drug problems. Heck, even as an atheist, I wouldn't advise ANY kid to go to Reed.

      August 23, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  15. Sandy

    I thought for sure University of Florida would be the least religious as it's one of the biggest party schools...

    August 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      My school was on top of that stat for years – University at Albany (NY) – that's where I gave up Christianity.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • K182

      Just because a school is a big party school does not make it nonreligious. I've found often that the most religious kids I know are the biggest partiers. Often this is because they have been guarded as children and then go crazy at college. I just left Oregon State, which in my opinion had a high religious rate. I am also biased though because I come from Portland where Reed College is located.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      Party schools tend to be very religious–mostly along the lines of "Please, God, let me get through this exam before my hangover kills me! Amen!" 🙂

      August 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Mark C

      You obviously didn't go to a Catholic high school.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  16. SCAtheist

    Having a father and six uncles who were protestant ministers, and a mother who taught at my Christian school i have met a lot of people from the protestant schools. I'm not getting the part about Wheaton being more religious than the southern schools

    August 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Mary

      It most certainly is a very religious school. Students, faculty and staff are dedicated to Christ.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      I agree, but I guess you would have to explain a little more about what we mean by religious. You are probably thinking of dedication. The southern schools certainly have more restrictive education and more rules.

      Wheaton teaches science after all, right?

      August 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Mary

      SC Atheist – Wheaton College does teach science. The College also has a Statement of Faith, Educational Purpose, and Community Covenant that all students, faculty and staff share. Wheaton provides a rigorous education taught by top-notch faculty in a nurturing environment. I worked there for 13 years and I loved it.

      August 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Right they teach science, that's what I said. I'm sorry if that makes them less religious than the southern science deniers.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Mary

      It doesn't make them less religious – they teach the sciences with a Biblical prospective.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  17. chef dugan

    As a former college president I think it's interesting that the least religious colleges are the ones noted for academic excellence. Religion does have the tendency to dumb down an individuals mind. If you want your child to learn nothing I would recommend Oral Roberts University or that academic junk yard Jerry Falwell founded.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      ORU, Liberty and Bob Jones wins!

      August 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • hillplus

      That is not the case for Mormons, who are very often highly educated. 😉

      August 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Funny how they are all founded by insane narcissists

      August 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Mormons aren't educated enough not to follow the greatest con men in American history

      August 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • MM

      I have corrected your punctuation. "individuals mind" is singlular possessive and should be "individual's mind". There is no charge. Referring to colleges, Princeton and Yale were founded to teach and preach the King James Bible. Welcome to the Laodicean church age.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Mary

      Wheaton College is known for it's academic excellence.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Jeff

      Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Berkley not on the list. Those are prestigious universities. Bennington College, Reed College, Bard College, Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College....no one has ever heard of those schools because they are irrelevant.

      August 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • E0F0G0

      Spoken like a true administrator, sir. Grove City College is very tough to get into and is known for turning out top notch students who often go on to be very successful graduate students and professionals. I think it depends on what rags you get your stats from...The Chronicle of Higher Education does not make the "unbiased" grade.

      August 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Mark C

      Uh, actually Jeff, moron, Vassar and Sarah Lawrence are quite famous. Anyone with any education at all has heard of them. Sorry you don't qualify.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  18. K182

    we need a Pastafarian College!

    August 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • chef dugan

      I think you mean Rastafarian. Next time smoke your joint after you reply.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • K182

      Dude, I think I'll be Rastafarian and Pastafarian. After I smoke my joint, I'll inhale a bunch of spaghetti to satisfy my munchies. Of course the best part about being Pastafarian is that you get to wear a strainer on your head as a religious garmet.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Idiot Savant

      Chef Dugan has not heard of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      I think people use colanders now, but you guys are hilarious

      August 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • K182

      Really? Looks like I have to retire my strainer...

      August 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • AGuest9

      The non-believers must be touched by his noodly appendage!

      August 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  19. SCAtheist

    Why does this guy have to say "some might consider dubious"? Would he say that about the most religious schools?

    August 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      SCAtheist, you do realize that you and I are in the minority, do you not?

      Or are you one of those atheists whose only interaction with theists is to ridicule them?

      August 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  20. Languagemonkey

    The headline picture is a picture of Middlebury College and not Bennington College. It is a true travesty to mix up those colleges as they are hardly comparable except that both reside in Vermont!

    August 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      "a travesty"? why?

      August 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Languagemonkey

      "a *true* travesty." Not for any reason in the article but because Middlebury is a top tier school (ranked #4) and Bennington is ranked +100.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
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