Columbia International University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 3122

Columbia, SC 29230-3122

Phone: (803) 754-4100
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#55 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Columbia International University is a private institution that was founded in 1923. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 534, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Columbia International University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 55. Its tuition and fees are $18,745 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

CIU is an evangelical, multi-denominational university with no official affiliation with any denomination. Over 50 denominations are represented on campus. CIU's core values emphasize the authority of Scripture, victorious Christian living, worldwide evangelization, prayer and faith, and evangelical unity. CIU graduates enter into a variety of church, parachurch, mission, and marketplaces roles upon graduation. CIU educational programs are designed to foster growth in the knowledge, spiritual vitality, and ministry skills which will empower graduates to love God passionately and serve God obediently whatever their vocational calling.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1923
Religious affiliation Evangelical multi-denominational
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Columbia International University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Columbia International University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.4%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Columbia International University is 14:1, and the school has 62.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Columbia International University include: Psychology, General; General Studies; Humanities/Humanistic Studies; Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies; and Mass Communication/Media Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 59%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 17%
General Studies 12%
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 10%
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies 9%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 9%

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Student Life

Columbia International University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 534, with a gender distribution of 49.3 percent male students and 50.7 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 953
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Columbia International University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Columbia International University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Columbia International University, 73 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Columbia International University.

Students who have cars on campus 73%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $18,745 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,890 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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