"In probably the strongest studies on this point, Astin (1972b, 1977a) found (net of other personal and background factors) significantly greater than expected decreases in conventional religious affiliation and in religiousness (that is, praying and reading the Bible) among students attending selective or prestigious schools." p 303 "The likelihood of changing to no religious preference was also highest at so-called elite institutions." p 303

source: Ernest T Pascarella, Patrick T. Terenzini, "How College Affects Students: Findings and Insights From Twenty Years of Research." San Francisco: Jossey Bass Publishers, 1991 tags: College