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Welcome to a dynamic university that trains

Christians for global missions, full-time vocational

Christian ministry in a variety of strategic profes-

sions and marketplace ministry.

In addition to the Undergraduate Programs,

Columbia International University (CIU) offers

Graduate and Seminary Programs. The corpora-

tion also includes Ben Lippen School, a Pre-K

through 12th grade Christian school that prepares

youngsters to fulfill the Great Commission. CIU

also reaches out with two Christian radio stations,

WMHK in Columbia, S.C. and New Life 91.9 in

Charlotte, N.C.

Located on 400 scenic acres next to the Broad

River, just minutes from the hub of South

Carolina’s capital city of Columbia, the beautiful

campus is home to a diverse group of Christians.

They represent many denominations, ethnic and

cultural backgrounds and reflect the socio-eco-

nomic diversity of the world — united by their

desire to know Christ and make Him known.

If you’re looking for an education that’s global,

biblical and practical, welcome to CIU!


Columbia International University (CIU) was born

out of a prayer group of six women who sought

the Lord for a means to evangelize and disciple

mill workers in Columbia. The results went

beyond their expectations. The CIU ministry was

founded in 1923 as Columbia Bible School, occu-

pying the former Colonia Hotel in downtown

Columbia in 1927. We became Columbia Bible

College in 1930, one of the nation’s first four-year

Bible colleges. Graduate courses were first

offered in 1936, marking the beginning of what is

now CIU Seminary & School of Ministry. The

school moved to its present 400-acre campus in

suburban Columbia in 1960 and changed its cor-

porate name to Columbia International University

in 1994.

Robert C. McQuilkin was CIU’s first president,

holding the office until his death in 1952. He was

succeeded by G. Allen Fleece, who led the min-

istry until 1966. Robertson McQuilkin, son of the

first president, served from 1968-1990. After him,

Johnny V. Miller, CIU faculty member and former

pastor, served as president from 1991-1999.

George Murray was appointed president in 1999

and as chancellor in 2007. Dr. Bill Jones currently

serves as president.

CIU was founded for the purpose of preparing

students “To know Him and to make Him

known,” as our motto states. That purpose

remains the same today. The Undergraduate

Programs, Graduate Programs and Seminary

offer regionally and professionally accredited

courses of study ranging from one-year certifi-

cates through the doctorate. All programs

emphasize spiritual development, biblical training

and ministry skills development. From the early

years until the present, CIU has focused on five

core values: The Authority of Scripture, World

Evangelization, Victorious Christian Living, Prayer

& Faith and Evangelical Unity.

The school’s first class boasted seven students.

Currently, CIU enrollment includes over 1,200 stu-

dents, including several hundred students

involved in non-traditional and distance education

programs. Approximately 17,000 students have

received training at CIU. Hundreds of alumni

serve in most countries of the world, making CIU

a leader in training laborers for the harvest.

Institutional Perspective


Columbia International University is a multi-

denominational Christian institution of higher edu-

cation dedicated to preparing world Christians to

serve God with excellence. Its educational units

offer degree programs ranging from associate

level to doctoral level. All postsecondary pro-

grams emphasize spiritual formation, mastery of

biblical content and interpretation skills, cultiva-

tion of a biblical worldview, ministry skills devel-

opment and vocational competency. The faculty

seeks to challenge the students’ heads (intellec-

2012-2013 Undergraduate Programs


Introducing Columbia International University

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every nation…”