Columbia International University

Columbia International University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Columbia International University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and 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?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Columbia International University was awarded 94 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Biblical studies.

Overall Quality

CIU landed the #1,049 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

CIU is also ranked #8 out of 50 schools in South Carolina.

See all of the rankings for Columbia International University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CIU?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Columbia International University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 51%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 62% 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 480 and 590. Math scores were between 460 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbia International University  ( 480 to 590 )
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SAT Math Scores for Columbia International University  ( 460 to 560 )
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CIU received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Columbia International University  ( 17 to 24 )
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Columbia International University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Columbia International University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbia International University is 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia International University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Columbia International University is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100
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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 60%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  60 out of 100
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Columbia International University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 857 undergraduates at CIU with 589 being full-time and 268 being part-time.

How Much Does Columbia International University Cost?

The overall average net price of CIU is $18,004. 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 +
$16,575 $14,738 $18,451 $19,418 $22,628

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 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,010 a year. That adds up to $24,040 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CIU is 10.6%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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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.

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

Location of Columbia International University

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia International University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for CIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 7435 Monticello Rd, Columbia, SC 29203-1513
Phone: 800-777-2227
Website: www.ciu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/columbiainternationaluniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CIUImpact

Columbia International University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 26 majors graduated from Columbia International University. Of these students, 189 received undergraduate degrees and 176 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 63 $25,194
General Psychology 18 NA
Business Administration & Management 16 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 16 $25,194
Teacher Education Grade Specific 10 NA
Health & Physical Education 9 NA
Missionary Studies 8 NA
Theological & Ministerial Studies 6 NA
Communication & Media Studies 5 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 2019-2020, 1,469 students took at least one online class at Columbia International University. This is an increase from the 1,091 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,469 748
2018-2019 1,091 849
2017-2018 466 352
2016-2017 422 257
2015-2016 417 216

Learn more about online learning at Columbia International University.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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