2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$20,088

Net Price

46%

Admitted

73%

Enrolled

63%

Graduation Rate

16/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Columbia International University

is a private not-for-profit, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 2,338. In 2021, there were 54 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #2 in South Carolina and ranks #99 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master

Psychology Graduates

54

Total Enrollment

2,338

Type

Private Not-for-profit, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Ranking for Columbia International University

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#2

South Carolina Rank

Combining ranking factors for 31 schools that offer psychology degrees in South Carolina, Columbia International University ranks #2.

#99

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Columbia International University ranks #99.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Columbia International University offers General Psychology at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Counseling and Applied Psychology and Counseling Psychology.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMA
Counseling and Applied Psychology22
Counseling Psychology22
General Psychology10
Total Graduates1044
US Department of Education

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 526 students applied to the Columbia International University. The university admitted 46% and 73% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for South Carolina universities is 7,243. On average, all South Carolina institutions admit 72% and 25% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Columbia International University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 64%. Compared to all South Carolina four or more years colleges, the percentage is 69%.

The overall graduation rate for Columbia International University is 63%, compared to 52% for all South Carolina universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 32%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare CIU to South Carolina Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Columbia International University to the average of all South Carolina four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

CIU

526

Applicants

46%

Percent Admitted

73%

Percent Enrolled

64%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

63%

Graduation Rate

SC Colleges

7,243

Applicants

72%

Percent Admitted

25%

Percent Enrolled

69%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

52%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 50 or 25% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 151 or 75% part-time faculty members employed at Columbia International University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 50 or 25%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

CIU

16 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

25%

Percent Full-Time

75%

Percent Part-Time

25%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

SC Colleges

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

59%

Percent Full-Time

41%

Percent Part-Time

57%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Columbia International University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $24,490, and the average cost for books and supplies is $600.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $10,710 and the average cost for graduate fees is $1,100.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Columbia International University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Columbia International University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$8,950
On-Campus Living Expenses$3,710
Total Living Expenses$12,660
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$24,490
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$600
Total Undergraduate Expenses$37,750
In-State, Graduate Tuition$10,710
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,100
Total Graduate Expenses$11,810
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Columbia International University is $20,088. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Compare Columbia International University to all South Carolina universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

CIU

$37,750

Cost to Attend

$15,865

Average Financial Aid

97%

Percent Receiving Aid

$20,088

Net Price

SC Colleges

$34,902

Cost to Attend

$14,809

Average Financial Aid

96%

Percent Receiving Aid

$18,675

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 150 or 97%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 573 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $15,865.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid573$15,865
Pell Grants315$4,422
Federal Student Loans413$6,719
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Columbia International University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

CIU

573

Grant or Scholarship Aid

44%

Grants or Scholarships

315

Number of Pell Grants

24%

Pell Grants

413

Federal Student Loans

32%

Federal Student Loans

SC Colleges

3,389

Grant or Scholarship Aid

53%

Grants or Scholarships

1,195

Number of Pell Grants

19%

Pell Grants

1,862

Federal Student Loans

29%

Federal Student Loans

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