2012-2013 Undergraduate Programs
Who Should Apply?
Applicants should exhibit strong Christian charac-
ter, commitment and potential for effectiveness in
Christian ministry. They also should possess
scholastic achievement and intellectual ability to
handle college assignments.Though many of our
new students come straight from high school, a
large number are married persons, transfer stu-
dents and those with previous careers. The stu-
dent body includes people of diverse ages,
geographic and cultural backgrounds and denom-
inational affiliations. This diversity adds to the
richness of the CIU educational experience.
Prospective students are encouraged to discuss
personal plans, vocational goals and questions
with our undergraduate admissions staff. Within
the United States, call our toll-free number (800)
777-2227. Outside the United States, please call
(803) 807-5024. Our fax number is (803) 786-4041
and our email address is:firstname.lastname@example.org
At Columbia International University, we offer a
challenging curriculum that encourages students
to fulfill their God-given potential. Students who
choose CIU will become part of an academically
strong student body. Our data reveals that of the
Fall 2010 entering class, the average grade point
average (GPA) was 3.76 on a 4.0 scale, the aver-
age Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) score was
1114 and the average American College Test
(ACT) score was 23. We recognize, however, the
power of God to change lives and help students
succeed in academic environments.
Consequently, we have chosen to adopt the fol-
lowing criteria to guide our admissions process:
Policy on General Requirements for
The faculty has chosen to adopt the following cri-
teria to guide our admissions process:
Evidence of trusting Christ for salvation and
being a follower of Jesus Christ (normally for at
least one year prior to enrollment) as expressed
through a personal testimony and a pastoral ref-
Evidence of a desire to know God better
through studying His Word as evidenced by
expressing principles one has learned by study-
ing God’s Word.
• Evidence of character development and a matu-
ration process that is consistent with biblical
commands and a Christian worldview as
expressed through the references of two adults
who have observed this maturation process and
a pastoral reference.
• Evidence of an ongoing desire and lifestyle of
serving others as expressed by a list of family,
church, academic and extra-curricular activities
preparing one for college life.
• Evidence of a teachable spirit and a desire to
learn (including a willingness to submit to school
standards and/or those placed in authority) as
evidenced by references, personal testimony
and committing to accountability structures at
• Evidence of a willingness to engage in ministry
opportunities at a variety of levels: in the home,
in the church, in one’s vocational setting and in
• Evidence of an ability and preparation to meet
the academic requirements of Columbia
International University, demonstrated by pos-
sessing a valid high school diploma or equiva-
lent, submitting appropriate standardized testing
scores for college admission and submitting
appropriate transcripts of all previous education
experiences in high school and college.
Academic policies and procedures listed below
help clarify academic requirements for admis-
We strongly recommend a college
preparatory high school curriculum that includes a
thorough background in English grammar and
composition, two or more units of a foreign lan-
guage, two units of mathematics, two units of his-
tory and one unit of natural science.
• Engaged or married applicants are welcome.
Spouses or fiancés of applicants should partici-
pate in and support any decisions to seek train-
ing or ministry involvement.
• Applicants who have been divorced will be con-
sidered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
• Race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex and disability
are not factors in our selection process.
• An applicant will not be admitted who denies
any teaching expressed in the Doctrinal
Standard found on pages 8-9 of this catalog.