9 COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
General Admission Requirements
Evidence of Christian conversion and development of Christian character and freedom from habit-forming
Evidence of the ability to be successful in an academic program. Requirements for individual degree programs are
listed under “Specific Requirements” for each degree (see also “Provisional Acceptance”).
Evidence of English proficiency (see the “International Students” section for information about specific
Agreement with CIU’s Doctrinal Standard.
Undergraduate Applicants: Evidence of adequate academic preparation for college-level study (demonstrated by
possessing a high school diploma or equivalent) by attaining appropriate standardized test scores and appropriate
high school GPA (or college GPA if transferring) is required. Applicants who do not meet the minimum test score
and GPA requirements may be admitted provisionally.
Graduate Applicants: Evidence of adequate academic preparation for graduate-level study (demonstrated by
possessing a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution) is required. Students must provide official
transcripts showing an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree and any master’s level credit earned. Students holding
a baccalaureate degree from a non-accredited institution may still be eligible for admission. See “Non-accredited
Degrees” for more information.
In addition to the general requirements listed above, individual degree programs may have specific admission requirements
related to their fields.
Undergraduate Application Procedures
General Application Requirements
Applicants applying for admission as full or part-time degree seeking or non-degree seeking students must provide the
following to the Admissions Office:
Completed application available on our websitewww.ciu.edu
Application essay, instructions available on our websitewww.ciu.edu
Official test scores earned on the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT)
unless the applicant is 24 years of age or older or meets the criteria for a transfer or international student who
completed high school outside of the United States. Test score minimum:
SAT (math and critical reading): 860; SAT school code: 5116
ACT: 18; ACT school code: 3848
Reference form completed by a church leader. Reference form is available on our websitewww.ciu.edu
$45 non-refundable processing fee.
Applicants who have not previously attended college or attempted fewer than 12 college credits post high school must
provide the following to the Admissions Office:
All general application requirements.
Official high school and college or university transcripts of all work completed or in progress bearing the official seal
of the institution and/or signature of the appropriate officer of the school. Successful completion of General
Educational Development (GED) Testing Program may be submitted in lieu of a high school transcript. A 2.0
minimum high school grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. Final official transcripts are required
prior to registering for courses.
Applicants who have attempted 12 or more college credits post high school must provide the following to the Admissions
All general application requirements.
Official college or university transcript of all work completed or in progress which bears the official seal of the
institution and/or signature of the appropriate officer of the school. South Carolina residents are required to submit
final official high school transcripts or successful completion of General Educational Development (GED) Testing
Program in lieu of a high school transcript. 2.0 minimum college grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is
required. Final official transcripts are required prior to registering for courses.