Religion on Campus

A photo essay exploring students' spiritual lives

By Liz Galst

According to a 2017 Barnard survey, more than half of the College’s students identify with a religious tradition. The largest share are Jews, followed by Catholics, Protestants and other Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and believers in other spiritual paths. 

Numbers don’t necessarily tell us, though, what it means to continue a story that has ancient beginnings or to embark on an entirely new journey toward the divine. So, to better understand the religious lives of College students, the Magazine reached out to religious groups on campus. Many of them reached back, inviting us to photograph their members and speak with students about their religious experiences on campus. Here are snapshots showing what religion looks like at Barnard.

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— Photos by Ambika Singh and Camilla Cerea

Latest IssueFall 2020

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