CIU News

  • Ministering to “the Foreigner Residing Among You”

    CIU Student Refugee Ministry in Columbia

    By Jairo de Oliveira

    CIU Graduate Student

    In August 2016 I moved to Columbia, South Carolina, with my family (wife and son) to study at Columbia International University. Few months after our arrival we got an invitation to visit the ...

  • CIU Education Graduates take on Leadership Positions

    Two graduates of the Columbia International University's College of Education have recently taken on leadership positions.

    Emir Ruiz Esparza has been hired as Dean of Student Life, Learning and Formation at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He will oversee resident educators, student activities and organizations. He previously served as head of school at...

  • The sign announcing the construction of the William H. Jones Global Business & IT Center
    An Exciting Summer of Construction and Renovation is Underway

    It may get a bit dusty at times around the CIU campus this summer, but by the time students return in late August, there will be some very noticeable changes. It’s known around campus as “The Wow Factor.”

    One of the most recognizable activities this summer is seen as soon as you enter campus – the construction of the $20 million...

  • CIU Professor of Church Ministry Dr. Andre Rogers
    Dr. Andre Rogers Named Special Assistant to the President; Popular longtime CIU professor has served under presidents Smith and Jones

    By Bob Holmes

    Columbia International University professor of Church Ministry, Dr. Andre Rogers has an additional role outside the classroom. CIU President Dr. Mark Smith has named Rogers special assistant to the president...

  • Dr. Mike Langston
    Wartime chaplain building CIU’s chaplaincy program

    By Thomas S. Mullikin

    In the wake of a marked rise in both mental health and spiritual well-being issues – and a dearth of Christian outreach programs to deal with the same – there is said to be a ‘resurgence of need.’ This need is for new and ever-effective chaplaincy programs, and an enabling of those programs to train new chaplains,...

  • Enrollment Growth Continues at CIU

    On-campus and online student enrollment continues to grow at Columbia International University.

    The 2018 Spring semester brought nine percent overall enrollment growth compared to Spring 2017 for a total of 1,085 undergraduate, graduate and seminary students now attending CIU.

    Meanwhile, the number of students taking advantage of CIU’s ...

April 23, 2018

By Joseph Knight

CIU Student Writer

 Driving beats rent the air as Christian hip-hop duo “Social Club Misfits” took the stage of Shortess Chapel at Columbia International University. The...

April 19, 2018

David Thorsen is a member of the Class of 2018 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies (ICS). Originally from Stavanger, Norway, David has been appointed by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission with whom he interned last summer in Japan, to serve in Japan long term. Thorsen...

April 18, 2018
Getting "Ram Ready"

Dozens of incoming CIU undergraduate students became “Ram Ready” the weekend of April 14.

“Ram Ready” is an opportunity to hear from a variety of campus representatives, meet professors and begin to navigate the campus. You’ll make friends with your incoming...

April 18, 2018
Dr. Steve Baarendse receives Excellence in Teaching Award

A Columbia International University professor described as caring deeply about his students has been honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award.  Professor of English Dr. Steve Baarendse received the recognition at the annual awards dinner of the South...

April 17, 2018

Columbia International University is now a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The announcement from the NAIA comes after the CIU Athletics Department completed a year-long process for...

April 16, 2018

Two commencement programs will take place April 28 on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) as 193 students are recognized for academic achievements from certificates to bachelor degrees to doctoral degrees. The commencement exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. for seminary and graduate...

April 13, 2018

A review by Joseph Knight

CIU Student Writer

Inclement weather caused the cancellation of the April 15 performance. An encore performance is scheduled for April 16 at 7 p.m. 

I was excited as I settled...

April 13, 2018
CIU Donor Appreciation Luncheon

By Bob Holmes

Vladyslav Hruntkovskyi wants to go back to his home country of the Ukraine to serve in the world of business. But the Business &...

April 10, 2018

House of Virtus wins the 2018 House Cup

By Joseph Knight

CIU Student Writer

Surrounded by yells, cheers, and horn-blowing, over 25 men from the House of Virtus rushed to the stage of Shortess Chapel to be awarded the...

April 09, 2018
CIU Undergraduate Overnight Event

Dozens of young people got a taste of college life at the Undergraduate Overnight Event at Columbia International University in early April.

They sat in on a class, mingled with professors and slept overnight in the residence halls. Plus, they got to know current CIU students around a...

April 06, 2018
Jannique Stewart of the Life Training Institute

By Naomi Balk

CIU Student Writer

The Columbia International University student body contemplated some profound questions about life during an April Chapel: “Do some human beings matter more than others? What does science say about the unborn? What...

April 06, 2018

By Naomi Balk

CIU Student Writer

The messianic deliverance from sin and into salvation was symbolized by a Seder observance at Columbia International University in April. The Seder was hosted by the Eto Beta Rho, the National Scholastic Honor Society for...