Columbia International University

Category: Private institutions with fewer than 10000 enrolled students | State: South Carolina

About Columbia International University

CIU educates from a biblical worldview. Meaning the Word of God is applied and integrated into every course and program. Our campus community is led by administrators and professors who dedicate their lives to the academic and spiritual growth of their students. All faculty seek mentorship roles with their students outside of the classroom. The student body at CIU is comprised of loyal, loving, authentic Christian young men and women. We are diverse, multidenominational, and there is a place for all!
STATUS: Military Friendly®

Military Friendly Ratings

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The ratings below reflect the extent to which each organization exceeds the benchmark standards for Military Friendly®.

Academic Policies & Compliance

Admissions & Orientation

Culture & Commitment

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduation & Career

Military Student Support & Retention

Why attend Columbia International University

CIU values military service and the men and women who serve. Both active duty military and veterans are welcome and affirmed on CIU_s campus. Active duty military are encouraged to attend class in uniform without fear of prejudice. In addition to campus services, such as a veteran-focused component of the financial aid office, several military-based student organizations provide opportunities for connecting with others, such as the Military Fellowship and Chaplains Fellowship. The CIU seminary offers degree programs in chaplaincy which may serve those who feel called to ministry in a military setting.


Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamBusiness Administration & Management, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.


Educational/Instructional Technology

A program that focuses on integrating technology into educational curricula. Includes instruction in foundations of educational technology, computer applications, utilizing technology for assessment, multimedia instruction, web-based instruction, distance education, and designing and producing educational software and materials.


Elementary Education

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $21,490 $21,490 $10,090 $10,090
Fees $345 $345 $345 $345
Room $7,760 $7,760 $13,260 $13,260
Board N/A N/A $640 $640
Books $600 $600 $600 $600
Other Expenses N/A N/A N/A N/A
Totals $30,195 $30,195 $24,935 $24,935
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • ACT or SAT test scores required for admission
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on DSST exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Mentoring/on-boarding programs for new military students or veterans
  • Additional scholarships specifically for military students and veterans
  • In-state tuition without residency requirements for military personnel
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Formal policy in place regarding business conduct and compliance when admitting, educating, advising, and placing military and/or veteran students
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?