PO Box 3122 Columbia, SC 29230-3122 803-754-4100
About Columbia International University
  • Year of Foundation 1923
  • Size of Campus 400 Acre
  • Type of Instituition Private institution
  • Religious Orientation evangelical multi-denominational
  • Degrees Bachelor , Master, Post-Bachelor
  • Calendar Type Semester
  • Undergraduate Population 550
  • Women % / Men % / Out of state 54%, 46%, 56%
  • App. Deadlines FAFSA
  • Tuition Costs In / Out - State $8,980
  • Room and Board $4,520
  • Nonfall Registration Accepted
  • Selectivity of the Intuition N/A
  • Application Fee $25
  • Enrollment No. 568
CIU began from modest beginnings in 1923 when it was founded as Columbia Bible School. The original purpose was to provide a two year course of study in biblical studies for local mill workers. By 1927, the decision was made to convert the school into a college and begin offering bachelor’s degrees in Bible. A location in downtown Columbia was established and the first dean (later president) of the college was chosen. The school continued to grow and eventually required a new campus. The college was relocated in 1960 to its present facility on Monticello Road. It was during the 1960s that the institution’s longest serving president, Robertson McQuilkin, son of the first dean of Columbia Bible College, was inaugurated. During this period, the institution also changed its name to Columbia Bible College and Seminary. The name was changed yet again in 1994 to Columbia International University to highlight the growing educational mission as well as to demonstrate a commitment to preparing students from all parts of the world for global Christian service.
Social Life And Activities
  • Percent students who are frat sororities N/A
  • Number of on-campus international organizations (Appears as submitted by school) African American Felowship Ministries, International Students Organizations
  • Number of students in fraternities 0
  • Alcohol Policies No
  • Number of frats 0
  • Other general policies class attendance policies set by individual instructors, dress/hair code, honor code, smoking prohibited
  • Number of frat chapter houses 0
  • Popular Event and Social Activities on Campus Harvest Fest, Formal Open Dorms, CIU Bowl, Christmas Banquet, Christmas with the President, Union Ski Trip, AAFM Interactive Service, World Christian Week, Residence Council Film Festival, Frankie's Fune Park, Jr/Sr Banquet, CIU Cup
  • Percent students who are frat members N/A
  • Setting Suburban
  • Number of honor societies N/A
  • Number of sororities 0
  • On-campus religious organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Student Missions Connection
  • Other on-campus organizations 2%
  • Distance to nearest airport Columbia, SC (15), Charlotte, NC (90)
  • Distance to nearest train Columbia, SC (10)
  • Distance to nearest bus Columbia, SC (10)
  • Public Transportation to the University No
  • Car Permitted On Campus Yes
Student Housing
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are singles 7%
  • Off and remote campus housing assistance available Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are undefined 2%
  • Number of housing and appartment units owned by the university 13
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are doubles 87%
  • High speed or wireless internet in college housing 0%
  • Number of students using college housing 56%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are apartments N/A
  • College housing safety - Fire alarms 100%
  • College housing safety - Sprinkler system 0%
  • College campus housing availability Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are triples 4%
  • On and Off campus housing offered Yes
  • Type of housing provided for students women's dorms (64%), men's dorms (36%)
Campus Services
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Campus Labs(est) 50
  • Computer Courses No
  • Location Of Area With Wireless Support in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs
  • Internet Access Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Other Locations N/A
  • Number Of Books in Library 121,000
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Library 11
  • Basic Services Provided nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, health insurance
  • Estimated Capacity Of Wireless Network 70
  • Student Email Accounts Yes
  • Online Course Registration Available N/A
  • Number of Audiovisuals-cds,videos,dvds 16,000
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Classrooms N/A
  • Campus Safety 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
  • Wireless Network - Student wi-fi Yes
  • Counseling Services career, personal, academic, older student, psychological, religious
  • OS of Wifi Network Microsoft
  • Museums N/A
  • Number Of Microforms 31,570
  • Location Of Available Computers computer center/labs, library
  • Tutoring and Remedial Help writing, study skills
  • Library Facilities N/A
  • Number Of Subscriptions 350
  • Student Computer Availability N/A
  • Student Allowed To Post A Web Page No
  • Library On Campus Yes
  • Number of e-books 20,000
Student Employment and Career
  • Army ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Student Employment Fedral Work Study Program Available
  • Employed Students after 1 year N/A
  • The average earnings of employed undergrads 2,000
  • Employed Students after 6 Months N/A
  • Does the school discourage student employment Yes
  • Employed Students after 2 years N/A
  • Top Companies Selecting Students For Jobs churches, mission agencies, public schools, private schools, social service organizations, various businesses
  • Navy ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Career placment and training on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, interview training, other
  • Number of undergraduates (only) with employment 47%
  • Airforce ROTC on campus? Not offered
Loan, Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant Page Details
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