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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
7435 Monticello Rd
Columbia, SC 29203
About Columbia Intl....
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From Columbia International University

Columbia International University educates people from a Biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. As a regionally accredited university, CIU boasts roughly 1700 students on campus and online. With 19,000 graduates serving in over 150 countries around the world, CIU has a growing reputation for training professional ministers and ministering professionals with a tremendous kingdom impact.

Columbia International University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
33%
SAT Range
930-1140
ACT Range
18-25
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$18,242/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,797/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.15 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.23 responses
78%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.23 responses

Majors

Business Administration

Taught from an ethical and values-based perspective, CIU's Business Administration major will prepare and equip you to effectively lead and manage organizations anywhere in the world. You will have opportunities to develop and explore entrepreneurship, community business collaboration, practical and vocational leadership techniques, and obtain the resources to form your own business or ministry.

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    9%
  • On Campus
    79%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
513Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
32
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
33%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
  • Christian
    59%
  • Outgoing
    24%
  • Amazing
    12%
  • Racist
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
  • Strong and loving community
    47%
  • Home away from home
    20%
  • Different
    13%
  • Amazing school
    7%
  • Racist
    7%
  • Underrated
    7%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $29,900/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    51%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    86%
    National
    83%
    100%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.8 responses

    Columbia International University Reviews

    224 reviews
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    CIU is a great school. The professors really care about the students and want to help them succeed. Classes are rigorous and I know I am definitely getting my money's worth for my education. Most people are true Christians and are very friendly. The only complaint I have is that it sometimes feels a little out of date. Many theological views are kind of legalistic, and professors are not always the best with technology. However I am able to ignore these things and focus on the good, because the good definitely outweighs the bad!
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    CIU only got worse the longer I was there. The faculty and Student Life staff are incredible and made my time worth it but the administration is incredibly out of touch, on the verge of being explicitly sexist and racist, and make the lives of the people who do stuff with students harder every day. I loved the friends I made and the time I had, but almost all of my BIPOC friends have had an awful experience. Again I can't speak highly enough of the faculty in the Bible, grad school, teacher Ed, psychology, and ICS programs. Most others are painfully out of date, not worth the money, and unfortunately what they are marketing. CIU is making all the right biz decisions but absolutely none of the right cultural ones.
    I loved the campus! It is very beautiful! The Bible core was also very good. I enjoyed all my Bible classes, especially Progress of Redemption and Herm. My Communications Major was sub-par. I feel like I learned more through internships than I did in the classroom. Very outdated!