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 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...

March 28, 2018
Setting up for disc golf on the CIU campus.

By Joseph Knight

CIU Student Writer

Nearly three dozen Columbia International University students were up before sunrise on a Saturday, motivated by the prospects of CIU’s first disc golf course. The students rolled up their sleeves as they...

March 27, 2018

An eye-popping redesign of the Columbia International University student center and cafeteria will begin in spring 2019. The renovations will create more space in the cafeteria, add an additional diner-style eatery with all-day hours, and create a student store operated by...

March 27, 2018
Michelle Raven, CIU student of Intercultural Studies

Columbia International University was well represented at this year’s Southeast Regional Conference of the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS).

Nearly half of the 23 papers presented at the March 24th meeting were presented by scholars...

March 26, 2018
Shofar Cup Cook-Off

By Joseph Knight

CIU Student Writer

With banners, t-shirts, painted faces, and cheers, Columbia International University students competed in the annual, weeklong Shofar Cup Competition. The friendly competition is part...

March 23, 2018
CIU alumnus Dr. Jeff Baxter

By Naomi Balk

CIU Student Writer

“There is nothing more important than knowing Jesus and loving the things that Jesus loves,” said CIU alumnus Dr. Jeff Baxter, the 2018 Evangelical Unity Week guest speaker.  

Baxter earned his...

March 22, 2018
Ottie Roberson with CIU President Mark Smith and wife Debbie Smith

By Bob Holmes

It’s not every day that you get to wish “Happy Birthday” to someone who just turned 107 years old. But that was the privilege of Columbia International University President Dr....

March 19, 2018

The women on the campus of Columbia International University are never without a friend when they attend the monthly gathering of the Wives Fellowship. The theme for the month of March was “Canvas and Conversation.”

CIU First Lady Debbie Smith stirred conversation among the...

March 16, 2018
Coach Jud Brooker addresses students at the groundbreaking.

By Bob Holmes

Athletes from Columbia International University and Ben Lippen School will soon be sharing a new eight-lane multicolored Mondotrack, a leading...

March 14, 2018
The CIU Rapid Response Club in action in Marion County, South Carolina

When a disaster strikes, who will be on the scene to assist those in need? How about a team of students from Columbia International University?

The new Disaster Relief and Management program at CIU develops the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to natural disasters and crises while...

March 12, 2018
Danny Reese, an assistant basketball coach at CIU.

On Saturday, March 4, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Danny Reese, Women’s Basketball Coach Temple Elmore and CIU basketball players, Elijah Spalding and Jordan Spruell, had the opportunity to share their faith with a group of elite high school athletes at the annual South Carolina...

March 06, 2018

While the students were away on spring break, the Columbia International University faculty and staff did a little spring cleaning on “I Love CIU Day” – a day of cleaning and camaraderie.

The day began with a devotional from CIU’s CFO Rob Hartman and the story of...