Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

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Cornerstone University offers 196-degree programs and 18 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1. Acceptance Rate is 69%. The most popular test is SAT - 13% of students submitted it in comparison to 88% of students who submitted ACT. 41.3% are women, and 58.7% are men. 2% percents of international students. Cornerstone University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Cornerstone University is 19570$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $28794 and $37020 per year. 46% of full-time Cornerstone University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $35,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Cornerstone University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Cornerstone University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$19,377
$30,001 - $48,000$17,450
$48,001 - $75,000$17,274
$75,001 - $110,000$19,753

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 8560


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1863 of Cornerstone University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 87 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Cornerstone University number 23 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Cornerstone University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Cornerstone University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Cornerstone University graduation rate is below the national average.

46% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Cornerstone University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

8 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Cornerstone University acceptance rate is at the level of national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 1% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Cornerstone University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 3% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Cornerstone University full-time retention rate is 79% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Cornerstone University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
941 - 1158

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 478 - 578
Math: 463 - 580
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Cornerstone University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
19 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 19 - 25
Math: 18 - 25
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

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For the High School Class of 2016:
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For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Cornerstone University is 20:1, that means that for every 20 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Cornerstone University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Cornerstone University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Cornerstone University offers 196 programs in total: 141 are for Bachelor's degree, 46 - for Master's degree, and 9 are Associate's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state. Cornerstone University is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 18 distance learning programs that are provided in the Cornerstone University: 15 are for Master's degree and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Cornerstone University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1924 students with 57727 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 499 with 11986 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Cornerstone University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Amazing facility and poeope.

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Overall Rating:

MACRAO - Associates of Arts (2 years) Excellent Professional Life skills that can be translated to any College or profession. Skip narrow skill classes until you get a feel for the ground. If anything you end up with an actual associate's degree and doors open up without a monster waste of time and money changing majors. Christian education fellow students nice campus... My dad said a lot of good things about Joseph Stowell. I grew up on the campus from the 70's my father was Dr. Raymond Elon Bartholomew professor Cornerstone and Cedarville.

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Overall Rating:

I've been at cornerstone for longer than I planned mostly because of my grades fluctuating because of financial worries.Growing up in a strict missionary home, I had more rules at CU to follow than at home.I attended CU as a international student as they told me I'd be eligible for a missionary kid scholarship that would cover everything besides books. Once I flew over and started classes, accounting department put a hold on my classes until I figured out a payment plan. I was confused so I talked to them and then and there they told me that I had to be a US citizen to be eligible for the scholarship. With no immediate family in the US I was distraught and found out I had to now pay 90% of my tuition with no federal support since I'm not a citizen nor did I qualify for any sort of loans.I also almost got deported because they almost forgot to file my I-20 which is a form needed to let the uncle Sam know where I'm attending and for how long. I had to find out from the secretary of state getting my driver's license renewed as they told me that my i-20 hadn't been submitted.Besides meeting my wife and making few great friends and some staff and department members being great. It was not the best college experience for me.

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Overall Rating:

Cornerstone has a very good program for adult learners (PGS -Professional and Graduate Studies). Being married with three children, having two jobs, and now being full-time in school, the online accelerated cohort program has been great. It has allowed me to continue to purse my educational goals while not being too overwhelming.Some of the instructors are better than others, but the coursework appears to be set-up similar in all of the courses. This means that all of the courses have a similar feel and there isn't a lot of adjusting from course to course. Grading seems to be mostly left up to the instructors, so that is the only part of the program that takes some adjusting every class.Most classes are five weeks long and incorporate weekly discussion boards, a lot of typed papers, and a group element (normally a project). Each course tries to incorporate a Christian element, normally in the form of discussions, the readings, and in your writing. I also attended GRCC and I have seen some other reviews that said Cornerstone's coursework was easy. Having taken similar classes at both GRCC and Cornerstone (for example, accounting) and I would say the content is similar. For somebody entering into the PGS program like I am, I would suggest being good at writing, because you will be doing a lot of it.I have had a good experience so far at Cornerstone and I recommend it to others on a routine basis.

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Overall Rating:

This is a fantastic University in one of America's most vibrant mid-sized cities. So much diversity of education, industry, arts and entertainment. Cornerstone is growing and offers a wide range of academic majors in all of the major disciplines. I received a top notch business education while playing soccer there and the faculty and coaches were terrific!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1001 E Beltline Ave NE


Religious affiliation: Interdenominational

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6169495300

Institution is active in current year: 1

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