Understanding the Attributes: Spiritual Development

A Higher Purpose

Some colleges consider spiritual development a fundamental mission of the institution and build the community and curriculum around it. Other schools view spiritual development as an optional pursuit for each student; they offer a wide variety of courses for spiritual education and exploration, and the opportunity to openly practice many faiths. Only a few are more culturally resistant and discourage religious pursuits on campus, but offer a range of academic options for study.

Of all the developmental attributes we measure, spiritual development receives the lowest ratings overall among graduates. Asian and Black graduates give their colleges the highest ratings on this attribute, while White grads give the lowest ratings. Females give lower ratings than males. Not surprisingly, most of the top-rated schools in this attribute are religiously affiliated. Remember, this attribute is not included in the overall ranking of colleges, since it is not a stated goal of many schools.