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Grace coffee brings together friends in the Rossi Student Center

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University celebrated the grand opening of a new addition to the campus community: the Grace Coffee Company bar. Dozens gathered at Grace’s location in the Rossi Student Center on a Friday evening to enjoy quality coffee and conversation.

“I think it's great that this really brings community into the student center,” said junior McKenzie Brackett.

Convocation Challenge: Praying Like Elijah

CIU President Dr. Mark Smith

CIU President Dr. Mark Smith Convenes New School Year

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The new school year has officially “convened” at Columbia International University. The annual Convocation ceremony Aug. 24, featuring a procession of the faculty in full academic regalia, set the tone for the 2017-2018 academic year and introduced new CIU President Dr. Mark Smith to the student body.  

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 | April 5-6, 2018

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 for Overnight Visit Event

Event Schedule

Parent Event Schedule

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

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.


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