Overnight Visit Events

We invite you to come to preview CIU to find out for yourself why our current students say the community is the heart of CIU. This FREE event, held each semester, allows you to experience firsthand how CIU will foster personal growth, create lasting relationships, and equip you for life. Come stay with us overnight and find out if CIU is the next step in God's plan for you.

Overnight Visit Event | October 26 - 27, 2017

During this event, you will:

  • hang out with current students
  • attend a class
  • stay overnight in the residence halls
  • tour campus
  • meet your college dean and faculty
  • eat in the dining hall
  • participate in campus activities.


Register Now for an Overnight Visit

Update: On-campus accommodations are now FULL.

For overnight stay, please see our Off-Campus Accommodations and mention "CIU" for a discount. Call our Visit Coordinator for questions at 803-807-5058.

Overnight Event Schedule

CIU Celebrates Solar Eclipse

CIU students are joined by the Rams mascot on Sessions Field. (Photo by Seth Berry)

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The beginning of the new school year at Columbia International University was marked like no other in the nearly 100-year history of the school. The first day of classes were moved back one day so the CIU family could take in a total solar eclipse.

Dr. Brian Bohlman

Dr. Brian Bohlman

Chaplain, Lt Col Brian Bohlman is an author, adjunct seminary instructor, behavioral healthcare chaplain, and has served in the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps since 1992. Among his numerous military and civilian awards, he was named the Chaplain of the Year in the Air National Guard in 2013.

Welcome Class of 2021!

Columbia International University roommates Emily Hernandez (left) and Emily Wood discuss room arrangements.

By Bob Holmes

The only thing higher than the humidity on CIU registration and move-in day were the spirits of the Class of 2021. With the assistance of smiling upperclassmen volunteers, the freshmen and their families carried boxes, bedding and even a couple bass guitars to into the residence halls of CIU. Officially, the high temperature in Columbia on Aug.16 was 98 degrees, but the dozens of volunteers made the transition from car trunk into the air conditioning a quick move.

Brothers Sign CIU Athletic Scholarships — Together

The Byars brothers with their CIU coaches (l-r) Cross Country and Track Coach Jud Brooker, Braydon Byars, Dominik Byars and Men's Soccer Coach Bill Brindley

Brothers Dominik and Braydon Byars were on different paths after high school. But the brothers will be much closer to each other again after signing athletic scholarships the same day at Columbia International University. They’ll even room together.

Their stepfather, Winn Fitzgerald says, “It was like God stepped in for this to happen.”

The Byars brothers played high school sports at Brookland-Cayce High School just outside Columbia. At CIU, Braydon will run cross country and track. Dominik will play soccer.  

Steven A. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Ministry Care
Assistant Professor of Ministry Care

B.A., Indiana University (chemistry & psychology); M.S., Indiana University (philosophy); M.A., Christian Theological Seminary (marriage & family therapy); Ph.D., Indiana University (philosophy); ScD, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania (evidence-based psychotherapy)

Dr. Johnson moved to Columbia after serving 17 years as a pastor of Care and Counseling at a church in Connecticut. He has also served as the vice president of the board of trustees at the Albert Ellis Institute for cognitive behavioral therapy/rational emotive behavior therapy in New York City. There he supervised psychotherapists from around the world. Since 1993, Dr. Johnson he has been a private practice psychotherapist specializing in treating addictions and trauma. He has also taught Muslim Studies at CIU as an adjunct professor for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Johnson is a devoted writer who publishes in the areas of Muslim studies, psychotherapy, and philosophy. His current work focuses on the philosophy of the self-operative in models of psychotherapy. 

He is married to Carol Stone, who is a biochemist and epidemiologist employed as a bureau chief in the South Carolina Department of Public Health. His two daughters, Lauren and Shannon, are both pursuing careers in psychology. 


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