2022 Student Spiritual Engagement Survey

December 9, 2022

In the spring of 2022, more than 300 students participated in a spiritual engagement survey distributed by Upper House in partnership with several campus ministry organizations and churches. Most students who participated are involved in UW-Madison campus ministries, or are connected to Upper House and its email list. The survey’s goal is to glean insights into students’ behaviors, views, spiritual practices and needs. Results are shared with campus ministries to inform and inspire their ministry planning and practices.

Noteworthy Findings

  • Nine-two percent (92%) of respondents began their faith journey before coming to campus.
  • Among student questions, concerns, and topics of interest the top three they desire campus ministries to address are discipleship, evangelism, and sexuality.
  • Student respondents appear to be active in their spiritual practices (e.g., 75% pray daily, 81% say church attendance is essential to their spiritual growth, and 67% of students attend church in-person).
  • The connection that students make between faith and their studies and work is tenuous and bears strengthening.
  • Ninety-four percent (94%) of respondents shared their faith with at least one peer during the academic year; however, many also stated they “don’t want to push [their] beliefs on others,” feel ill-equipped to share their faith, or are concerned they will anger others by sharing their faith.

Download the survey report here.