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Cornerstone University is a Baptist Christian university that is interdenominational and located in Grand Rapids, Michigan that offers its students traditional undergraduate programs, adult undergraduate and graduate programs.

Founded in 1941, the university serves 1,800 undergraduate students and approximately 800 graduate students on its 130-acre campus. A Christian school, its student body represents more than 45 denominations.

Students are required to abide by a “Lifestyle Statement” intended to reflect trinitarianism and a literal interpretation of the Bible. The entire campus community attends morning chapel services three times a week. The university offers more than 60 academic programs in the arts, sciences, Bible, humanities, computers, teacher education, and business and journalism.

Accreditation is granted by the Association of Theological Schools and the National Association of Schools of Music. Athletic teams compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).


Academic courses of study include more than 46 undergraduate academic programs in the arts, sciences and theological and professional studies, and 16 advanced degrees. The average class size at the university is 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to one.

The division of Bible, Religion & Ministry offers five majors — ancient studies, art of ministry, bible and intercultural studies.

The Business college offers accounting, business administration, finance, international business, business management, economics, and sports management. Students in the school of Communications & Media Studies can major in audio production and design, communication arts/secondary education, communication studies, journalism (news-editorial), public relations, visual communications, media/film, media/video, and theater. The division of Fine Arts offers majors in music, worship arts, music education, and contemporary Christian music.

Majors in the division of History & Social Science are family studies, history, history education, psychology, social work, and sociology. In the school of Humanities, students can major in Spanish education, elementary language arts, philosophy, linguistics, literature, creative writing, and elementary and secondary English education. Other divisions include kinesiology, science and math, and teacher education.

Academic services include the Learning Center, which provides one-on-one tutoring, proctored tests, and other resources. The Writing Center provides free peer writing assistance to all undergraduate students, including help writing papers, formatting assistance, editing, and research skills tutoring.

Students worship at the Chapel, including at its Sunday evening student-led Evensong ministry. Chapels meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and feature worship in song. Chapel teams are made up of students, while speakers are from the campus community or from places around the world.

Study Abroad

The university offers its students more than 20 travel and study abroad options in 10 different countries, some with a focus on ministry and global service.Cross-cultural ministry teams have traveled to more than 20 countries in the past five years. GO Serve Travel is a short-term mission travel option. Students serve on GO Teams throughout the school year, and can can travel during spring break and summer to serve for missionary agencies. GO Teams are selected on the basis of maturity their contributions to the GO Team, a commitment to missions and their future goals.

Study abroad programs include an Oxford University Summer Program that includes a three-credit course taught by Oxford professors and on-campus living at Oxford, a Romanian Studies program in the historic Transylvanian town of Sighisoara, a year-long or semester-long experience at the Rothberg International School/Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a 10-week International Business Institute summer program that includes visits to Russia and Europe, a semester at Jerusalem University College in Mount Zion, a yearlong arts and theology studies program at the Australia Studies Centre in Sydney, a semester program in China, a semester-long program in Costa Rica, a Russian Studies Program spent in Mosco, St. Petersburg and Nizhni, and a semester-long program at Trinity Christian College Semester in Seville, Spain.

Closer to home, juniors and seniors can spend a semester in Chicago that includes an internship and classes at facilities in that city, a semester at the christian Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo., a semester at the World Journalism Institute in New York City, a semester that provides internships and study at the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles Film Studies Program, in which students live, learn and work in L.A. and take two required seminars — Hollywood production Workshop and Theology in Hollywood.

The Journalism Institute is an annual summer camp for high school students held for a week every July at the university. High school students live on the campus and take classes taught by university professors and guest instructors who work at newspapers like The Indianapolis Star.

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The average incoming freshman has graduated from high school with a grade point average of 3.4, an average ACT composite score of 23, or an average combine SAT score of 1520. The school is moderately selective, and 76 percent of all applicants are admitted.

You can apply online on the school’s website. The application requires an essay, a recommendation from a Christian leader, your high school transcript, and standardized test scores. The university suggests that incoming students follow a college prep program that includes eight semesters of English, six semesters of math, four semesters of science, six semesters of social studies or history, four semesters of a foreign language, and eight semesters of electives.

Prospective students can visit on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays for its morning and afternoon tours, which include an introduction, chapel services, a campus tour, lunch and a counselor connection meeting. If you want your visit tailored, you can meet with a professor, athletics coach or audition for the music department. Those special requests need to be made in advance.

Golden Eagle Days are large-group events for students who want a broad overview of the college. Golden Eagle Days are pre-scheduled and offer students the opportunity to taken a campus tour, attend chapel, sit in on a class, learn about the financial aid process, attend a panel discussion, eat lunch with faculty, and meet with an admissions counselor.

You can also attend an Academic Preview Day to learn more about a specific academic department. You can spend time with faculty from the department you’re interested in, and learn more about the department’s questions job and internship advising. Students must pre-register for Academic Preview Days.

Financial Aid

Students intending to apply for need-based financial aid must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A FAFSA is not necessary for students applying for academic or athletic merit award.

The institution’s academic awards for incoming freshmen include the Outstanding Scholar Award for National Merit Finalists, which are awarded at a maximum of $12,000, and President’s Scholarships of up to $10,000. You can also apply for the Chancellor’s Scholarship of up to $9,000, the Dean’s Scholarship of up to $8,000, the Assistance Grant of up to $4,000, or the Partners for Success Scholarship of up to $6,000.

The university also offers small scholarships based on recommendations from a student’s pastor, youth pastor or mission director. They include the Pastor’s Scholarship, a four-year scholarship that starts at $1,000 per year, and the Global Service Scholarship, a four-year scholarship that starts at $1,000 per year.

The Financial Aid office also provides loan information to incoming students.

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About 48 percent of Cornerstone University students live in campus housing and 52 percent live off campus. On-campus housing includes six residence halls and a complex of apartments for single and married seminary students.

Babcock Hall houses about 130 students, with men living on one floor and women living on the remaining two floors. Each unit includes a kitchen, bathroom, living area and two bedrooms. Students have access hard-wired Internet, and there is a community lounge and a laundry facility at Babcock. Cook Hall houses 142 women in suite-style rooms, with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Wired and wireless Internet access is available at Cook Hall, and there is a laundry facility.

Connected to Cook Hall by a glass atrium, Van Osdel Hall is a three-story residence hall that houses 114 male students. The rooms are suite style with two bedrooms and a share bathroom. There is a basement lounge with pool and foosball tables, a TV and study area. Common areas between Cook and Van Osdel include shared lounges, a kitchenette, study lounge and game area for the 256 residents in the two halls.

Crawford Hall houses approximately 130 students, with male students on two floors and women on one floor. Each unit includes a kitchen, bathroom, living area and two bedrooms. Students have access to hard-wired Internet and each floor has its own laundry facility. Carwford also has a community lounge.

Keithley Hall houses 80 students and provides two-bedroom suites, each accommodating two students, and a shared bathroom. Keithley also has hard-wired and wireless Iinternet access and a first-floor lounge. Pickitt Hall houses 165 women and is the only women’s residence hall to offer communal bathrooms. Students at Pickitt also have hard-wired and wireless Internet access, and can share a large lounge with a pool table and TV.

For commuter students, the university offers “commuter-friendly” programs, trained commuter assistants, and “Commuter Corner” at the Corum Student Union.

There are only a few clubs on campus. ACT is a Christian organization that raises awareness about such global issues as poverty, social injustice and hunger by holding fundraising activities and events. Act:s also sponsors chapel events with speakers from World Vision and other non-profit organizations. The English Society supports student writers and publishes the Cornerstone Review, an annual literary magazine.

There is a Habitat For Humanity chapter on campus, and the International Justice Mission chapter raises awareness of global injustice. Kappa Theta Gamma is a student theatre society, and the campus Multicultural Organization promotes Biblical awareness, acceptance and appreciation of other cultures. Students in Free Enterprise produces three business projects a year and compete at the regional level with other university and colleges. The Student Government acts as a liaison between students and administration, and mobilizes students to address campus and community concerns.

The Herald is the award-winning campus newspaper, a weekly published during the school year and with a circulation of 2,000, which includes faculty, staff, students and nearby businesses. Founded in October of 1966, The Herald is an integral part of the school’s journalism program and was named the Best College Newspaper in its division for 2008 in the Michigan Collegiate Press Association Newspaper Contest.

No alcohol is allowed on campus and there is a curfew for freshmen students.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The Golden Eagles compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and are members of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Athlete compete in volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, and softball.

The Bernice Hansen Athletic Center is the main athletic facility on campus. Completed in March 2001, the BHAC has 125,000 square feet of space that houses the Mol Arena for athletic events, chapels, concerts and other events, four classrooms, three racquetball courts, a weight room/fitness center, aerobics room, field house/practice gym, jogging track, six locker rooms, conference room, and office space.

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Ranks 28th in Michigan and 849th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 840 0.45
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 10 0.01
Forcible Rape 81 0.04
Robbery 464 0.25
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,952 1.04
Larceny 3,897 2.07
Vehicle theft 325 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population26,662 (24,536 urban / 2,126 rural)
Households9,809 (2.64 people per house)
Median Household Income$50,316
Families7,040 (3.17 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationInterdenominational
Congressional District2603

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 872nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $23,598 $23,598 $23,598
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $570 $570 $570
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $905 $905 $905
FT Graduate Tuition $11,760 $11,760 $11,760
FT Graduate Required Fees $718 $718 $718
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $490 $490 $490
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $35,922 $35,922 $35,922
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $35,922 $35,922 $35,922
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $28,012 $28,012 $28,012

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $22,388 $23,260 $22,388 $23,260 $22,388 $23,260
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,314 $7,606
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,812 $2,872
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,314 $7,606
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,812 $2,872
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,812 $2,872

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,349 (808 male / 1,541 female)
Admitted 1,599 (547 male / 1,052 female)
Admission rate 68%
First-time Enrollment 362 (149 male / 213 female)
FT Enrollment 345 (142 male / 203 female)
PT Enrollment 17 (7 male / 10 female)
Total Enrollment2,809

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conf
NAIA Baseball Conference Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conf
NAIA Track & Field Conference Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

576th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

548th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 12%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 465 / 605
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 445 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1175

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity880
Meals per Week18
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3421st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $50,310 ($52,926 male / $42,684 female)
Number of FT Faculty 69 (47 male / 22 female)
Number of PT Faculty 70
FT Faculty Ratio 1.0 : 1
Total Benefits $1,462,254

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