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Columbia International University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Columbia International University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Columbia International University Ranked?

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2021 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 10 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is theology and religious vocations.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, CIU is ranked #922 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 34 colleges in South Carolina, CIU is ranked at #11.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CIU?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into CIU since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 28%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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 at Columbia International University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 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

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Good Overall Diversity at CIU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 545 undergraduates at CIU with 513 being full-time and 32 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 racial-ethnic 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CIU make around $29,900 per year during the early years of their employment. 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 located in Columbia, South Carolina. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

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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Notes and References


*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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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