7 COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY 2016-2017 INTRODUCTION
granted to every believer as he yields and trusts (Acts 1:8; I Cor. 12:7; Eph. 3:20; Acts 5:32). And in all of this
service, prayer is to have the central place (Jn. 14:12-14; Eph. 6:18-19).
8. Jesus Christ will come again to earth the second time (Heb. 9:28) personally (Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16), bodily (Acts
1:11; Col. 2:9), and visibly (Matt. 26:64; Rev. 1:7). His coming will precede the age of universal peace and
righteousness foretold in the Scriptures (Matt. 24:29-30, 42; II Thess. 2:7-8; Rev. 20:1-6).
graduation need not affirm the premillennial position.)
Although Columbia International University is denominationally unaffiliated, we seek to serve a variety of evangelical
denominations and independent congregations. The faculty and student body reflects church affiliations across a broad
spectrum of denominations and church fellowships. Students find exposure to persons from various ecclesiastical traditions
(which are united in their commitment to evangelical orthodoxy) an enriching and beneficial experience. The curriculum at
CIU makes provision for church polity courses taught by ministers who represent various denominations. We also provide
for elective courses on denominational distinctives as desired by various groups.
The following affiliations are typically represented on campus:
African Methodist Episcopal
African Methodist Episcopal Zion
Alliance des Eglises Evangéliques Interdépendantes
Anglican Church in America
Assemblies of God
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod
Christian and Missionary Alliance
Church of God in Christ
Church of the Nazarene
Conservative Baptist Association
Evangelical Free Church of America
Free Will Baptist
Independent Baptist Churches
Presbyterian Church in America
Presbyterian Church, various denominations
United Methodist Church
Accreditation & Recognition
Columbia International University is:
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the
regional accrediting agency for the Southeastern United States for undergraduate and graduate education, to award
degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, first professional, and doctoral levels.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, a North American
accrediting agency for undergraduate and graduate institutions offering degrees in Bible and ministry.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and
Canada, a North American accrediting agency for seminaries and theological graduate schools.
Authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
Recognized by the Selective Service System.
Chartered as a collegiate institution by the state of South Carolina and authorized by the state of South Carolina to
grant such degrees as the Board of Trustees shall determine.
A member of South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.
Listed in Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education.
Listed in the Education Directory (Higher Education).
Approved at the graduate level for early childhood and elementary teacher education programs by the South
Carolina Department of Education.
A member of the Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA) for transcript evaluation.
Approved by the Certification Commission of the Association of Christian Schools International for the preparation
of teachers for a ministry in Christian school education and for secondary Bible certification.
Approved by the State Approval Agency, South Carolina Department of Education, State of South Carolina, to train
persons under Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Veterans), Chapter 34 (Veterans Educational
Assistance), and Chapter 35 (War Orphans Educational Assistance) of Title 38, US Code.
Holds membership in the Evangelical Training Association.
Students or other stakeholders wishing to reach accrediting agencies may do so by contacting them at the following