Muslims Enrolling at Catholic Colleges in Growing Numbers
September 9, 2012
Last year, there was a media firestorm about a complaint filed by a George Washington University Professor against The Catholic University of America alleging discrimination of Muslims at the Catholic college. The complaint stated that crosses and other Christian symbols were offensive to Muslims.
No actual Muslim students were involved in the complaint and now The New York Times is reporting that Muslims are attending Catholic colleges in growing numbers specifically because of their religious nature. And ironically, they're sometimes disappointed that some Catholic colleges are not faithful enough.
The Times reports that a decade ago, the University of Dayton had just 12 students from predominantly Muslim countries, all of them men. Last year, the report said, there were 78, and about one-third of them were women. And, according to the report, this is not an anomaly but Muslim populations on Catholic campuses are growing everywhere at a rate outpacing those at public universities. Since 2007 Muslim enrollment at The Catholic University of America has more than doubled, from 56 to 122, according to a statement by CUA President John Garvey that appeared in The Washington Post last October.