The attached link is about a Student Body President at a Christian university, Northwest, located on the U. S. West Coast. The student is a life long atheist but wanted to study at Northwest. After confiding his lack of belief, he said he has lost friends and been treated differently by other students.
While I’ve know of a couple of students who grew up here in Fargo, ND, who attended that school, I don’t know much about it. What I know is that there are many nonbelieving students at smaller colleges/universities in this part of the U. S., schools that were founded by major Christian denominations.
Concordia College, for example, had about 75 students on a “nonbelief” list serve a year or two ago. It took a couple of years and a new President, but the nonbelieving students now have a club which is officially recognized by the Concordia Administration. I understand all the other colleges in Concordia’s conference, St. John’s, St. Olaf and so on have officially sanctioned nonbelief clubs.
I’m sure many would ask, “Why would a student enroll in a university that had as its founding goal the advancement of Christian principles if the student was not Christian?” The answer would be the student wanted to study there and the University wanted to student to be there.
These are colleges who want to prepare students for the secular world they will live in. They do not screen for belief.
Moody Bible College in Minneaplis does screen–I don’t think you will find any nonbelieving students there, except the closeted kind.