There was a great difference in the religious character and de-
velopment of the students coming to the College under its first
President, Dr. Samuel Wait, 1834-45, and those who have been
coming under its last president, Dr. Thuman D. Kitchin, 1930-. . Of
those of the former period an account has been given in the first
volume of this work. Those of the latter period are much more mature
religiously than those of the earlier. In general they have enjoyed
much better religious advantages; they have had the training of
religious homes and of Sunday schools, and the various societies of
the churches for special training of young people; they have formed
their minds religiously by reading the Biblical Recorder and the
various periodicals of the Sunday School Board at Nashville, and
from their reading as well as from the promotion work of the churches
they have learned much of the organized work of the Baptist
denomination. A much larger per cent of students from North
Carolina are already members of Baptist churches. Of these churches
the parents generally have been active and loyal members and have
sent their sons to Wake Forest College rather than to any other with
the hope that under its gentle formative influences in the classroom
and church and student organizations their minds may be formed to a
correct appreciation of Baptist ideals and loyalty to and enthusiasm
for the great Christian principles which the Baptists feel themselves
called to teach the world and may become ready and able to serve,
whether as ministers or as laymen, in the many Christian activities of
Baptist churches.
In the past decade, however, there has been a development that has
had a pronounced effect on the general religious life of the College,
and that is the increasing number of students from other sections of
the country and of other religious faiths. The catalogues show that in
1929-30 only nine students from the states
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