A photo of CIU students worshiping during chapel service.

Attending chapel is a requirement at CIU, and it’s a highlight. 

Inspiration, fellowship, and spiritual growth are just some of what our undergraduate and graduate students alike experience at these joyous gatherings. Faculty and staff also attend, helping to bring the CIU family closer. 

From a professional development standpoint, chapel is a great way to hear accomplished and new preachers share their message and skills. As a Christian, it’s a great way to reaffirm your faith and purpose three days a week. 

Here are some things you need to know: 

  • The chapel calendar highlights the speakers and activities for this semester. 

  • Services are held Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • Tuesday and Thursday chapels are for the entire university, while  Wednesday chapels are typically in separate venues for segments of the CIU community.

  • All students are required to listen to every President's Chapel, even if attendance is excused. Chapel audio messages are available online.

  • Undergraduates enrolled for six or more credit hours are required to attend all chapels.

  • Undergraduates are permitted six chapel absences each semester.

  • Students not present in chapel must be off campus or in their rooms in the residence hall.

  • Studying on campus is not permitted during chapel.

  • If you work during a chapel hour, or live off campus and do not have classes in the morning, permanent chapel excuses are available.