Columbia International University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Columbia International University

The college is a private, non-denominational Christian institution. The institution is made up of the Undergraduate school, the Graduate school, and the CIU Seminary & Institution of Missions. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,218 (591 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $23,940
  • Books: $600
  • Room and Board: $8,850
  • Other Expenses: $3,710
  • Total Cost: $37,100

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 69%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,909
    • Loans: $6,993

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Degree options: Theology and Religious Vocations; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Education

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer-out Rate: -%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 60%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Columbia International University Admissions

CIU is a fairly selective institution–only about one-third of those who submitted applications. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Columbia International University Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 470 / 580
    • SAT Math: 470 / 540
    • SAT Writing: – / –
    • ACT Cumulative: 17 / 23
    • ACT English: 17 / 23
    • ACT Math: 15 / 22

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Columbia International University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Columbia International University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Columbia International University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Texas A&M University-Commerce, Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, California State University Northridge

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Columbia International University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Applying to Columbia International University

Application Deadline: August 1

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