Columbia International University 100 Year Anniversary Seal

Celebrating 100 Years of Knowing Him and Making Him Known

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CIU's 100th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a Kingdom-shaking celebration!

As CIU celebrates 100 years and 24,000 alumni working around the world

To Know Him and To Make Him Known

Discover Our Events


Sep. 24
Athletics Hall of Fame
Hosted by the Athletics Department
September 24, 2022

Since the inception of intercollegiate athletics at CIU in 2012, the Athletics Department has had one mission: To be “a community of believers who exist to Glorify God by using sports as a platform to impact the nations with the message of Christ.” The Athletics Department will celebrate their first decade of athletes and coaches who have consistently and passionately lived up to that mission with the creation of the CIU Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Nov. 2-4
Future of Global Mission Conference
Hosted by the College of Intercultural Studies
November 2-4, 2022

Be a part of shaping 21st century mission by participating in the Future of Global Mission Conference. Mission leaders from around the world are coming to CIU’s campus to strategize and share on what the next 100 years of mission will look like. Grammy Award winning alumna, Laura Story, will provide music. Speakers will share from personal experience and biblical scholarship on topics from getting the gospel to the least reached, to medical missions and disaster relief.

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Nov. 4-5
Homecoming 2022
Hosted by Alumni Relations
November 4-5, 2022

Attend the Future of Global Mission Conference, come hear Laura Story on Friday evening and stay for Homecoming 2022 on Saturday! Reunions will be followed by the President’s Luncheon featuring alumnus Rob Morgan.

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Jan. 30-31
Church Refreshed Conference
Hosted by the Seminary & School of Ministry
January 30-31, 2023

How does the church reach people for Christ and disciple them to maturity despite decreases in church attendance, a pandemic, and rising secularism? Experts will share strategies and best practices for prayer, evangelism, discipleship, leadership and financial resources. This conference is developed for pastors, church planters and church staff members, assisting them in overcoming their fears, reigniting their faith and confidently focusing on the future. Join us for Church Refreshed and be refreshed!

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Apr. 29
100th Anniversary Commencement
Hosted by the Registrar
April 29, 2023

The Class of 2023 will have the privilege of walking the stage of Shortess Chapel a century after the founding of CIU as The Southern Bible Institute that held its first classes in a rented house near downtown Columbia.

At its founding, the institute was to be “evangelical, interdenominational and missionary” and its purpose was “the training of Christian men and women in the knowledge and practical use of the Bible for service at home and abroad.” Methods and platforms for ministry have changed over time, but in 100 years, CIU has not deviated from that foundation.

Aug. 2-4
Distinctive Teaching and Learning (DTL) Virtual Conference
Hosted by the College of Education
August 2-4, 2023

Inviting educators, administrators, alumni, students, and friends to a virtual conference to grow and collaborate. Throughout the three-day conference the keynote speakers and breakout sessions will be provided by College of Education faculty and graduates who have distinguished themselves as Christian educators in various settings across the U.S. and around the world. The College of Education is looking forward to having you join us. Registration information coming soon. Save the date!

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Nov. 3-4
Grand Finale: Homecoming 2023 & Hall of Faith Induction
Hosted by Alumni Relations and the College of Arts & Sciences
November 3-4, 2023

The celebration of CIU’s 100th anniversary ends with worship to the God who has been faithful from the beginning, answering a century of prayers that began with a few praying women. The finale, featuring best-selling author and alumnus, Paul Tripp as the speaker, will include a ceremony hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences to honor those who will be inducted into CIU’s new Hall of Faith. To God be the glory!

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Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign

Trusting God Immeasurably More

About Capital Campaign

Partner with us to prepare future CIU students to be effective, 21st century messengers of the Gospel of Christ.

Our six campaign initiatives:

  • Nursing & Healthcare Programs
  • Business Entrepreneurship Programs
  • World Mission Programs
  • Expand Online Studies Programs
  • Relief from Government Assistance
  • Growing our Campus Housing

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Order a Piece of CIU's History

A Collection of CIU History

For the 100th Anniversary celebration, CIU is releasing A Century of God’s Faithfulness: Highlights from the History of Columbia International University. This book focuses on our story from 1923 to 2023 and God's faithfulness during those years.

“A century in seed form, as Buck Hatch might say. And oh, how marvelous have been the decades of destiny flowing from those words - a centennial of God’s faithfulness involving nearly 24,000 alumni serving in over 150 nations!”

Book cover image: A Century of Faithfulness