#5 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

Columbia International University

Columbia, South Carolina

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Columbia International University overview
Location Columbia, South Carolina
Online ciu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Columbia International University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Columbia International University (CIU), situated in the capital city of Columbia, South Carolina, is a private, non-profit Christian university established in 1923. Known for its interdenominational evangelical heritage, CIU offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs with a strong theological and missionary emphasis, including popular majors in Religious Studies, Education, and Business Administration. The university's campus features a contemporary architectural style and provides residential facilities to accommodate students who opt for campus living. While CIU maintains a selective admissions process, it notably integrates a biblical worldview into all academic pursuits. The institution does not have a prominent focus on intercollegiate athletics; instead, it prioritizes a global perspective in education, preparing graduates for both professional careers and ministry service.

In the most recent statistical year 506 prospective students applied, and 244 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 179 enrolled in the school.  745 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,736 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $25,620 plus fees of $1,220. Columbia International University is ranked 705 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Columbia International University is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Columbia International University overview
SAT 990/1195
ACT 16/25
GPA 3.5

Applications Accepted

Columbia International University overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Columbia International University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$200
Other Fees$1,220
Room and Board $9,950
Budget for Other Expenses$3,280
Total One Year Cost$40,270

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$33,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

57% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Columbia International University students
Subject Percent of Class
Theology and Religious Vvocations 69%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 11%
Psychology 7%
General Studies 6%
Communication 3%

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