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Columbia International University

Located on 400 acres in the heart of South Carolina, Columbia International University (CIU) features accredited undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs. Dedicated to providing education from a biblical worldview, CIU aims to graduate alumni who will make an impact across the globe with the message of Christ. This goal applies to students who are called to vocational ministry as well as those who enter the marketplace.

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Selectivity
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Influence
Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science

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Overview

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Located on 400 acres in the heart of South Carolina, Columbia International University (CIU) features accredited undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs. Dedicated to providing education from a biblical worldview, CIU aims to graduate alumni who will make an impact across the globe with the message of Christ. This goal applies to students who are called to vocational ministry as well as those who enter the marketplace.

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Columbia International University says

In 1987, I enrolled as a student at Columbia International University. CIU attracted me because of the university's heart for reaching the nations with the message of Jesus Christ. That focus kept me here after graduation as a professor, provost and now president. Today, CIU continues its mission of reaching the world with the message of Christ by educating people from a Christian worldview. We provide students not only with an excellent education, but add an emphasis on character transformation and the necessary ministry skills to make a world of difference for the name of Christ.

As you surf the pages of the CIU website, you will see the fabric that makes us distinct. Our motto: "to know Him and to make Him known" clearly captures the tapestry God has woven since 1923. If your heart resonates with what you read and you would like to know more about CIU, please let us know how we may serve you.

Dr. William H. Jones

President - Columbia International University

Mission Statement

Educating from a Biblical Worldview

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Student Life

Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 584
Gender 54% Male / 46% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 88% Full Time / 12% Part Time
Geography 53% In State / 47% Out of State / 3% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 42% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 77%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Our top notch housing at Columbia International University allows for students to enjoy a rich Christ-Centered Community. For more information on our housing please visit: https://my.ciu.edu/ICS/Residence_Life/Our_Team.jnz

72% of students live on-campus.

93% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Married Students
  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Housing Offered
  • Men's Dorms
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

Student Publications: The Credo

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Music Ensembles
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Drama/Theater

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, dorms dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor chaplain/spiritual director
  • Facilities: prayer towers
  • Special Needs Services: comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for hearing impaired services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration double major independent study internships liberal arts/career combination teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Bible/Biblical Studies (88%), Bible/Biblical Studies (11%), Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies (0%), Mass Communication/Media Studies (0%), Psychology (0%), Elementary Education and Teaching (0%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on one or more of the extinct Semitic and/or Non-Semitic languages spoken in the ancient Near East, including those used to write historical Jewish and Christian religious texts. These languages include, but are not limited to, Egyptian/Coptic, Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Aramaic, Cannanite, Phonecian, Samarian, Ugaritic, Syriac, Mandean, Hattic, Elamite, Hurrian, Hittite, Urartian, Lydian, Luwian, Lycian, Palaic, Sabaean/South Arabian, and other associated languages. Includes instruction in philology, epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics, and textual studies.

Job Opportunities:

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interpreters and Translators
Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

A program that focuses on the Christian and/or Jewish Bible and related literature, with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting the theological, doctrinal, and ethical messages contained therein. May include preparation for applying these studies in various religious vocations.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

An undifferentiated program that includes instruction in the general arts, general science, or unstructured studies.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of North Africa, Southwestern Asia, Asia Minor, and the Arabian Peninsula, related borderlands and island groups, and including emigrant and immigrant groups.

Job Opportunities:

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to enter a seminary or other program leading to religious ordination, or a related religious vocation.

Job Opportunities:

Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the history, theory, composition, and performance of music for religious or sacred purposes, and that prepares individuals for religious musical vocations such as choir directors, cantors, organists, and chanters.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

A program that prepares the ordained clergy and other religious professionals to provide spiritual, counseling, and leadership services to children, adolescents, and young adults. Includes instruction in child and adolescent psychology, human growth and development, family studies, communication skills, religious education, youth counseling, small group leadership, planning and organizing youth activities, volunteer supervision, and youth evangelism and worship.

Job Opportunities:

Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.

Associates

A program that focuses on the Christian and/or Jewish Bible and related literature, with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting the theological, doctrinal, and ethical messages contained therein. May include preparation for applying these studies in various religious vocations.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to manage the business affairs of non-profit corporations, including foundations, educational institutions, associations, and other such organizations, and public agencies and governmental operations. Includes instruction in business management, principles of public administration, principles of accounting and financial management, human resources management, taxation of non-profit organizations, and business law as applied to non-profit organizations.

Job Opportunities:

Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

Job Opportunities:

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the dynamic social relations between and among majority and minority groups and different minority groups, and ways to promote mutual tolerance, inter-group cooperation, and the leadership and management of diverse groups and diversity issues in family, educational, recreational, and work settings. Includes instruction in ethnic and cultural studies, group psychology, sociology, anthropology, conflict resolution, human services and resources, and applications to various functional environments.

Job Opportunities:

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the analysis and criticism of media institutions and media texts, how people experience and understand media content, and the roles of media in producing and transforming culture. Includes instruction in communications regulation, law, and policy; media history; media aesthetics, interpretation, and criticism; the social and cultural effects of mass media; cultural studies; the economics of media industries; visual and media literacy; and the psychology and behavioral aspects of media messages, interpretation, and utilization.

Job Opportunities:

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Reporters and Correspondents
Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
Editors
Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.
Writers and Authors
Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
Psychologists, All Other
All psychologists not listed separately.
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

Graduate/Seminary Admissions Counselor Rico Hall
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Nicole Brooker
Associate Director Graduate/Seminary Admissions Dori Beach
Associate Director Undergraduate Admissions James McCall
President William H. Jones
Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Accredited by Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Full-time Faculty 45
Student : Faculty Ratio 15 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 77 : 22
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 HIS 1210 3.0
AP Art History 5.0 HIS 1210 and HUM 1211 6.0
AP Biology 3.0 BIO 2113 3.0
AP Biology 4.0 BIO 2113 + 3 hours 6.0
AP Calculus AB 3.0 MAT 2310 3.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 MAT 2310 + 3 hours 6.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Computer Science A 3.0 CPT 2110 3.0
AP Computer Science A 4.0 CPT 2110 + 3 hours 6.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 ENG 1110 3.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 ENG 1111 3.0
AP Environmental Science 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP European History 3.0 HIS 1210 3.0
AP European History 4.0 His 1210 and HUM 1211 6.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Human Geography 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Latin 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 ECN 2220 3.0
AP Microeconomics 3.0 ECN 2210 Pass / No Credit
AP Music Theory 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Physics B 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Psychology 3.0 PSY 2110 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 SPA 2110 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 5.0 SPA 2110 and SPA 2120 6.0
AP Statistics 3.0 MAT 3410 3.0
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP United States History 3.0 HIS 2310 3.0
AP United States History 5.0 HIS 2310 + 3 hours 6.0
AP World History 3.0 N/A 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 49/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 62.6% accepted of 302 applications

73% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
45% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
17% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 25
English18 - 28
Math19 - 25
 
SATMath460 - 580
Reading480 - 620
Writing460 - 590

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Standardized Test Scores, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Recommendations, Character Personal Qualities, Application Essay, Academic GPA

Also Considered: Volunteer Work, Talent Ability, Level Of Applicants Interest, Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 2
Math 0 2
Science 0 1
Social Studies 0 0
Foreign Language 0 2
History 0 2

Other Application Information: All SAT Scores Required for Review SAT or ACT

Deadlines

July

1

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $16,846 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $13,830
$30K-$48K $12,172
$48K-$75K $15,450
$75K-$110K $18,904
$110K+ $18,502

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $18,390, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,390 Same as On-Campus
Fees $540 Same as On-Campus
Housing $7,100 $10,000
Books $1,000 $1,000
Total (before financial aid) $27,030 $29,930

Students Receiving Aid

93% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 50% $5,099
Federal Scholarships/Grants 51% $3,604
Institutional Grants 91% $6,354
Other Federal Grants 8% $1,139
Other Loans 2% $8,244
Pell Grants 42% $4,097
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 48% $6,324
Student Loans 52% $5,214

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.ciu.edu/financialaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://npc.ciu.edu/.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

52% of students graduated on time.

65% of students graduated in six years.

85% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Athletics

Athletics

Columbia International University participates in the for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Basketball Kyle Mendenhall (Get recruited )
Track and Field and Cross Country Jud Brooker (Get recruited )
Soccer James Whitaker (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Soccer Kara Farnsworth (Get recruited )
Track and Field and Cross Country Jud Brooker (Get recruited )

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Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#37 Regional Universities South Rankings
#48 Regional Universities Overall Score
#55 Regional Universities

WalletHub

#100 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America

Washington Monthly

#39 Master's Universities - Overall Rank
#48 Master's Universities - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#52 Best Bang for Buck Colleges - Overall Rank
#56 Master's Universities - Peace Corps Rank
#83 Master's Universities - Graduation Rate Rank
#140 Master's Universities - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#310 Master's Universities - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#312 Master's Universities - Community Service Participation Rank
#346 Master's Universities - Research Expenditures Rank
#472 Master's Universities - ROTC Rank
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