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Want the scoop on Columbia International University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors CIU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Columbia International University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Columbia International University was awarded 10 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is theology and religious vocations.

Overall Quality

CIU is ranked #922 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CIU held the #1,109 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CIU also holds the #11 spot on the Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking.

See all of the rankings for Columbia International University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CIU?

Acceptance Rate

Columbia International University has a very low acceptance rate of 28%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to CIU just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 58% of students accepted to CIU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 430 and 540. Math scores were between 410 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbia International University  ( 430 to 540 )

SAT Math Scores for Columbia International University  ( 410 to 530 )
CIU received ACT scores from 55% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Columbia International University  ( 17 to 25 )

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Columbia International University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Columbia International University, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbia International University is 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia International University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 73% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Columbia International University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at CIU for first-time, full-time students is 47%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Columbia International University.

Good Overall Diversity at CIU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 497 undergraduates at CIU with 454 being full-time and 43 being part-time.

CIU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for CIU is 84.86 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  84.86 out of 100
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How Much Does Columbia International University Cost?

The overall average net price of CIU is $17,481. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CIU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,010 $12,730 $16,390 $19,566 $23,028

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CIU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CIU, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $7,007 a year. That adds up to $28,028 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CIU is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do CIU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CIU make about $29,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 25% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Columbia International University make the most money.

Location of Columbia International University

Columbia International University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Columbia, South Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Columbia International University

Contact details for CIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 7435 Monticello Rd, Columbia, SC 29203-1513
Phone: 800-777-2227

Columbia International University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 25 majors graduated from Columbia International University. Of these students, 217 received undergraduate degrees and 197 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Biblical Studies 102 $22,900
Liberal Arts General Studies 15 $24,700
General Psychology 13 NA
Business Administration & Management 13 NA
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 11 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11 NA
Missionary Studies 7 NA
International Studies 6 NA
Health & Physical Education 6 NA
Religious Education 5 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Columbia International University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CIU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 466 students took at least one online class at Columbia International University. This is an increase from the 422 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 466 352
2016-2017 422 257
2015-2016 417 216
2014-2015 364 184
2013-2014 437 235

Learn more about online learning at Columbia International University.

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