chapter  7
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Evangelicals on Campus: An Exploration of Culture, Faith, and College Life

ByAlyssa N. Bryant

Evangelical Christians have established a visible presence on college campuses across the country1 and are becoming increasingly respected as scholars in academe.2 Indicative of this, evangelical colleges are becoming more reputable, and the number of academically successful students attending these institutions is on the rise.3 Moreover, according to the Higher Education Research Institute, the attendance of “born-again” Christian students at selective colleges and universities has grown since the mid-1980s.4 These factors lead to pertinent questions about who these students are in a holistic sense, how their identity as evangelicals impacts their college experience, and what their presence on campus means for higher education. Before addressing these issues, the next section provides a contextual backdrop for the study.