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Columbia International University: Narrative Description


PO Box 3122
Columbia, SC 29230-3122
Tel: (803)754-4100
Free: 800-777-2227
Fax: (803)786-4209
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent nondenominational, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1923. Setting: 450-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $3.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7479 per student. Total enrollment: 1,016. Faculty: 43 (20 full-time, 23 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 263 applied, 69% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 78% from top half. 3 valedictorians. Full-time: 539 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 55 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 10 other countries, 64% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 14% 25 or older, 59% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Midlands Technical College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 4 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $18,225 includes full-time tuition ($12,400), mandatory fees ($445), and college room and board ($5380). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $517 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 14 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Union, Student Senate, Student Missions Connection. Major annual events: Spring Conference, Homecoming, World Christian Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 375 college housing spaces available; 339 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. G. Allen Fleece Library with 118,752 books, 568,690 microform titles, 490 serials, 17,542 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $406,231. 42 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of South Carolina.

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