CIU News

  • Columbia International University Announces $22 Million in Expansions

    Columbia International University (CIU) is announcing $22 million in facility expansions with the largest portion dedicated to a $15-20 million Business and IT Global Initiative Center.

    The Center will include a business/corporate training room for Columbia area business professionals, and hands-on learning opportunities for CIU students as well as students of...

  • Debbie Smith shares her thoughts at the Wives Fellowship.
    Getting to know the First Lady of CIU

    Wives Fellowship Welcomes Debbie Smith

    By Naomi Balk, CIU Student Writer


    Debbie Smith says if she could teach one class at Columbia International University it would be “Hospitality.”

    Smith, the wife of CIU President Dr. Mark Smith, was...

  • Cutting the ribbon at the John R. Cook Jr. Business and Entrepreneurship Center
    Ribbon Cut on Business and Entrepreneurship Center

    By Bob Holmes and Naomi Balk

    The Business & Organizational Leadership program at Columbia International University got a big boost on Oct. 6 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new ...

  • Musical basketball chairs.
    “Hooping” and Hollering

    Basketball Teams Hold School-Wide Athletic Event

    By Michael A. Lanier

    The 2017-2018 CIU men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced with a little madness —Moore Madness — a fun October event for students, faculty and staff in the Moore Fitness Center.    

    It was a night of food and fun competitions...

  • CIU flags at half staff
    Praying for Las Vegas

    How are you praying for those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas? In a statement, President Donald Trump said, “To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”

    So, what are you praying? Columbia International University professors were asked about their prayers for Las Vegas...

  • Dr. Bryan Beyer with Ingrid Peterson.
    CIU Sets Record for Blood Donation

    By Michael A. Lanier

    CIU Student Writer

    The annual American Red Cross blood donation day at Columbia International University was record-setting. A total of 60 units was donated Sept. 25, breaking the old CIU record of 51 units set in 2012...

September 09, 2015
Columbia International University

Columbia International University climbed to #35 among Best Regional Universities in the South in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. CIU ranked #37 in last year’s survey.

Many prospective students and their parents use...

September 05, 2015
2015 Palmetto State Cross Country Festival

Powered by a pair of top ten finishes, the Columbia International University men finished third as a team to mark their best result ever in a home-campus race. The Rams trailed the champion of the Palmetto State Cross Country Festival, Bob Jones University, by only 12 points.


August 31, 2015
Lady Rams celebrate goal

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Players, coaches, and fans were full of energy on Aug. 29, as the Columbia International University women’s soccer team played their first home game in the program’s history, defeating Wake Technical...

August 27, 2015
"Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" offered for college credit through CIU

A course designed to broaden a believers “perspective” on what God is doing around the world is being offered for college credit through Columbia International University.  

“Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” has been around since the 1970s, but has...

August 27, 2015
CIU women's soccer team wins first ever match

Aug. 26, 2015 is an historic day in the history of Columbia International University athletics. 

The Columbia International University women's soccer team prevailed in its first-ever contest, notching the game's only goal in the 85th minute to defeat Toccoa Falls College in a...

August 24, 2015
CIU is #6 on the annual survey

For the second year in a row, Columbia International University is ranked #6 in the Southeast in the annual “Best Bang for the Buck” survey published by...

August 21, 2015
CIU students at the home of the Rams

The website (CUO) ranked Columbia International University #3 in their survey of “...

August 20, 2015
Women's soccer players Meghan Esquinaldo (left) and Taylor Endicott share a laugh as they wait to seal another bag of lentil casserole.

It was only their second day of orientation, but already CIU freshmen and transfer students were engaging in Christian community service. They joined early-arriving CIU athletes on an “assembly line” set up on the Rams home basketball court, to package 15,000 lentil casseroles for...

August 20, 2015
International military chaplains pose at CIU.

Military chaplains from six nations visited Columbia International University on Aug. 14 to learn about CIU’s Chaplaincy program and to tour the campus. The chaplains represented...

August 14, 2015
Parker Thornton Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA

One of the newest staff members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in the Carolina’s region is Columbia International University alumnus Parker Thornton. Thornton graduated from CIU with a bachelor’s degree in...

August 12, 2015
George Bryan

Columbia International University Golf Coach George Bryan remembers what it was like playing in the pairing behind Vijay Singh and just ahead of the Tiger Woods/Tom Watson group at the 1999 PGA Championship.

Bryan, who is a well-known teaching pro around the Columbia area, is gearing up to...

August 11, 2015

Columbia International University is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Dr. Mike Barnett, professor of Intercultural and Historical Studies and former dean of CIU’s College of Intercultural Studies. He was rushed to the hospital by paramedics early in the morning on Aug. 10 and...