CIU News

  • Monticello Road revitalization to welcome DQ/convenience store

    By Bob Holmes

     It will soon be time to “Grill & Chill” on Monticello Road at the local Dairy Queen.

    Columbia International University has entered into an agreement with Jones Petroleum of Georgia for a Dairy Queen restaurant/convenience...

  • CIU Online ranked among the best for Christian colleges and universities

    A new 2019 survey by College Consensus ranks Columbia International University among the 25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities for an online degree. CIU comes in at #15 in the nation with its combined 32 graduate and undergraduate online programs.

    College Consensus crunches the numbers by combining the results of the most reputable...

  • CIU Professor of Education, Dr. Lynn Hoekstra
    CIU professor named Outstanding Educator for environmental literacy

    CIU Professor Dr. Lynn Hoekstra loves to inspire and equip future educators to teach their students with joy and creativity.

    It’s that kind of spirit and her desire to show children how to be good stewards of the earth that earned her the title of 2019...

  • CIU 2017 Alumnus of the Year Dr. Ralph Enlow Jr.
    2017 Alumnus of the Year: What does being a servant leader really mean?

    What did Jesus really mean when he said in Mark 9:35, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, the servant of all?” How radical is the “all” in that statement?

    That’s the question posed to CIU’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Ralph Enlow Jr. in an interview with Bible Gateway’s Jonathan Petersen. They discussed Enlow’s new book...

  • CIU soccer field press box
    Modern hi-tech press box is new addition to soccer field

    A new 22-foot press box at Sessions Field will streamline sports information and game operation for CIU soccer. It features a climate-controlled space with high-speed internet, scoreboard control console, sound system and, most importantly, a sweeping view of Sessions Field.

    Funds for the press box were generously donated by the Sessions family in honor of the late Elizabeth Sessions...

  • CIU volleyball team
    A summer of worldwide impact through athletics

    Columbia International University softball, volleyball and women’s soccer made an impact with the message of Christ in three different parts of the world over the summer as they teamed-up with local sports ministries and missionaries.

    Softball Coach Sara Allen and members of her team were in the Middle...

Columbia International University is honoring our nation’s military personnel with a special offer on CIU’s fully online business programs for working adults. President Mark Smith said... Read More
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, CIU President  Mark Smith, Debbie Smith
By Bob Holmes
It’s not the kind of phone call you get every day.
Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith was sitting in his office one day in early January when the phone... Read More
CIU students March for Life in D.C.
By Bob HolmesTwo Columbia International University students made the nearly seven hour drive from Columbia to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2018 March for Life on Jan. 19. Sarah Causey and... Read More
John Maxwell to hold Leadership Forum at CIU April 25.
Dr. John Maxwell, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world, is coming to Columbia International University for a Leadership Forum on April 25.Maxwell is a #1 New York Times... Read More
Scott Adams, director of the CIU School of Business and Professional Studies
The Director of CIU’s School of Business and Professional Studies says that because of the political climate we live in, there may be more government shutdowns in the future.Dr. Scott Adams made the... Read More
Beech and Jessica Loveland
By Bob HolmesBeach Loveland calls it an important part of his lifelong pursuit of being the best he can be at roasting coffee. Perhaps we should call him, “Master Beach.”The Columbia... Read More
The spring semester at Columbia International University is in full swing with more students in the classroom and more students studying online.CIU Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, Silvia... Read More
CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (left) and Midlands Technical College President Dr. Ronald Rhames sign agreement.
Columbia International University and Midlands Technical College (MTC) have formalized an agreement that will allow a seamless transition into CIU for MTC students who are pursuing a degree in... Read More
A graduate of the CIU Prison Initiative receives his diploma and hugs Initiative Director Andre Melvin.
By Bob HolmesNorm fought back tears of joy as the candidates for graduation formed the line that would lead to “the walk” when a Columbia International University student becomes an alumnus. But for... Read More
Ben Lippen business students welcome sheriff's deputies.
Ben Lippen High School students taking dual enrollment business classes at Columbia International University showed their appreciation to law enforcement officers and first responders this Christmas... Read More
Lexi Evans and Andrew Hampshire
By Bob HolmesThe casual observer at the Columbia International University commencement may have just thought it coincidence when two people with the same last name crossed the stage of Shortess... Read More
MIchael Lanier
By Naomi BalkCIU Student WriterOpen Mic in the CIU Ram Shack was a night of creativity and expression through singing, instrumentals, spoken word, rap, poetry, jokes, bagpipes and banjos and violins... Read More