In response to a comment on “Ivy League,” below, I want to stress that, in order to function, a university does need religion, not "religion." Secular creeds like Marxism or Scientism seem only able to keep things honest in limited academic areas and for limited times--as in decades, not generations. This is not enough to sustain an enterprise like a great university. For that, you need real religion, not quasi-religion.
The problem is that we all fear truth, because we all have much personally invested in lies. In order to face truth honestly, to actually seek it instead of seeking to cover it up, we need a deep conviction that, in the end, the universe is benevolent. That is definitively a religious view: that is, in a word, faith.