Overnight Visit Event | Parent Information

Parents, we are excited to have you join your student on campus for our Overnight Visit Event. Deciding on a college is a big step for your student, and we know that you are a significant part of the decision making process. Visiting colleges should be a positive and open-minded experience for everyone. Join your student on campus and experience firsthand how CIU will foster personal growth, create lasting relationships, and equip your student for life.

Overnight Visit Event | April 5-6, 2018

During this event, parents have the opportunity to:

  • Meet other potential CIU parents
  • Hear from our Provost and other CIU faculty
  • Attend a class
  • Meet with Financial Aid staff
  • Tour Campus
  • Learn more about your student's program of interest

Parent Schedule

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Questions?  Contact our Visit Coordinator, Monica Lambertson, at (803) 807-5058 or

I Love CIU Day

While the students were away on spring break, the Columbia International University faculty and staff did a little spring cleaning on “I Love CIU Day” – a day of cleaning and camaraderie.

The day began with a devotional from CIU’s CFO Rob Hartman and the story of the paralytic who was let down through the roof of a crowded house to gain access to Jesus so he could be healed. Hartman described how the house likely got very dusty and dirty as the roof was broken through and made the point that ministry is sometimes messy.

President Mark Smith Shares Exciting Vision for CIU with Business Leaders

By Joseph Knight

CIU Student Writer

Nearly 100 business leaders from the Columbia area heard the Columbia International University president talk about leadership and CIU’s vision for the Columbia community. Dr. Mark Smith outlined CIU’s future plans at a luncheon of the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce where the theme was “The Power of the Community.”

Ben Lippen School Fine Arts Director

Ben Lippen School
30 hours/10 months
August 01, 2018


The Fine Arts Director must be knowledgeable of and assume responsibility for the effective and efficient operation of the total school fine arts program, consistent with the Christian philosophy of Ben Lippen School.  He/she must perform the duties and responsibilities of the position to the ultimate benefit of the entire spiritual/educational program.


  • Identify major needs and issues specific to this division on an ongoing basis and ensure resolution through the leadership team.  
  • Articulate the vision and goals of the division on an ongoing basis to current and prospective parents. 
  • Serve as member of the leadership team to assist in planning and calendaring for Ben Lippen School.
  • Evaluate and enhance the curriculum, textbooks, enrichment activities and other learning resources and programs of the Fine Arts program.
  • Observe and evaluate all fine arts faculty and staff on an ongoing basis throughout the school year, and provide relevant and stimulating in-service experiences.  
  • Prepare and submit the department’s budgetary requests and monitor expenditures.
  • Facilitate the procurement of educational supplies and materials for each area of the arts by coordinating and communicating budget and educational considerations to fine arts staff.
  • Oversee all extra-curricular activities and assist advisors of these organizations in setting and meeting goals. 
  • Plan and facilitate appropriate end-year activities including awards assemblies, school wide fine arts Christmas and year end programs, competition and/or festival experiences.
  • Manage and direct private lesson program including attracting and retaining qualified arts instructors.
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationship and on-going dialog between the athletic and fine arts programs to ensure student opportunities and interests are elevated above individual program goals.
  • Maintain communications between the headmaster and fine arts faculty.
  • Direct and manage the fine arts staff for fine arts matters.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in related field of music
  • ACSI certified
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Have a deep commitment to and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Good Health Contributes to Academic Success at CIU

Health Fair therapy dog

The Columbia International University student body is being reminded to take care of their individual bodies.

At a spring midterm health fair in February, the social, spiritual, physical and mental elements of good health were addressed in a fun and engaging way. Exhibits in the Student Center included free vision screening, therapy dogs, exercise bikes, a mental health and stress test, and free health food samples.


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