Columbia International University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Columbia International University was founded in 1923 as Columbia Bible School by a group of local believers in Columbia, South Carolina. The school was established with the goal of providing higher education that was focused on Christian values and preparing students for the ministry. Over the years, the school has grown and evolved significantly. In 1954, it changed its name to Columbia Bible College and began offering four-year degrees in biblical studies. In 1961, it was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and changed its name to Columbia Bible College & Seminary. In 1993, it adopted its current name after receiving approval from SACS to offer graduate degrees.

In recent years, CIU has continued to expand its offerings to include more than 30 majors across three colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business & Intercultural Studies, and Education & Human Services. In addition to traditional undergraduate programs, CIU also offers adult degree completion programs for those who have already completed some college coursework but need additional credits to earn their degree; online degree programs; dual enrollment opportunities for high school students; and several international study abroad programs. As part of its commitment to Christian values, CIU also offers a wide range of spiritual formation activities such as chapel services, mission trips, retreats, and volunteer opportunities through various ministries on campus.

Columbia International University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Columbia International University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Columbia International University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Columbia International University (CIU) is a private Christian college located in Columbia, South Carolina. It offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in a variety of fields. Admissions to CIU is highly competitive, with an average acceptance rate of only 42%. For the Fall 2020 semester, the admissions rate was even lower at 36%, making it one of the most selective colleges in the state. The school’s student body is made up of over 1,500 students from all 50 states and more than 20 countries. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, which allows for personalized instruction and mentorship from faculty members. Additionally, CIU has a diverse student population with 20% of students identifying as non-white or multiracial. CIU offers more than 50 majors across its seven schools and attracts students from all walks of life who are looking for an education rooted in faith and academic excellence.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 60%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 60%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 308
Female applicants 173
Male applicants 135
Applicants accepted 184
Female applicants accepted 103
Male applicants accepted 81
Freshman enrollment 108
Female freshman enrollment 56
Male freshman enrollment 52
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 57%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA N/A
Average high school GPA N/A
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A
GPA breakdown N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 71%
SAT Critical Reading average score 577
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 520-650
SAT Math average score 537
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 480-610
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 470-620
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 36%
Average ACT Composite score 23
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 20-25
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 19-25
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 21-26