73%

Acceptance Rate

$19,067

Avg.Financial Aid

002266

FAFSA Code

About Cornerstone University (CU)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private

Private

Not-For-Profit

4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College

2,131

Website

www.cornerstone.edu

Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.

HLC

Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Interdenominational

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?

Yes

Cornerstone University(CU) is an independent evangelical Christian University located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A four year, private, not-for-profit University, Cornerstone offers both Undergraduate and graduate programs.  The main objective of the university is to empower men and women to excel as influencers in the world by providing students focused programs. The acceptance rate at CU is 73.4%.

Founded in 1941 as the Baptist Bible Institute, Cornerstone did not receive its accreditation until 1972. It was referred to as the Grand Rapids Baptist College for some time. The institution reformed into Cornerstone University in July 1999. David Otis Fuller served as the first President of the University from 1941 to 1944. The current President of Cornerstone is Joseph M. Stowell, III.

Notable alumni include former baseball player, Chad Curtis, Reid Ribble, a politician, and footballer, Stephen Herdsman.  

Cornerstone University offers traditional as well as undergraduate programs through the Graduate and Professional Studies division. The student population at CU is 2,447. CU hosts students from over 20 countries, including China, Congo, Australia, Japan, Canada, and has branches in Kalamazoo and Lansing.

Cornerstone University Accreditation

The institution is recognized and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The university is approved by the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) by the State of Michigan.

Online Education

  • CU offers 23 online programs across 7 disciplines i.e., Business Management, Psychology, Theology, Behavioral Science, Biology, Human Services, and Political Sciences.

  • Online learning takes place in the context of web-based Learning Management Systems(LMS) which require basic computer skills.

  • The online programs in CU are designed in a flexible and convenient way so that working students can get an education that is practical and relevant to their workplace.

Location & Contact

Address

1001 E Beltline Ave NE

Contact

Email: N/A
Phone: 6169495300
Fax: 6162221540
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Rankings

The following are the rankings provided by US News and Forbes

  • CU was ranked No. 1 as the safest campus in Michigan in 2016.

  • The university has also been ranked among the top 50 Affordable Christian Colleges in the U.S.

  • It has also ranked 78th Regional Universities Midwest.

  • Cornerstone University is one of the top 150 colleges in the Online MBA program as announced by U.S. News & World Report.

Admissions

Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

N/A

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.

73%

SAT Range

950 - 1180

ACT Range

19 - 26

Application Fee

N/A

SAT/ACT

Recommended

High School GPA

Required

Accept Common App

No

As a private, not-for-profit institution, Cornerstone University has an acceptance rate of 73.4%.

CU is regarded as a relatively competitive college due to the presence of average admission standards. Students wishing to enroll at Cornerstone must have a good academic background as the University usually admits students who're among the top 62 percent.

The average SAT score for students enrolled at CU is 1070. Meanwhile, the average ACT score is 22. Therefore, SAT and ACT scores are also very critical when it comes down to admissions. Ranked at the 12th spot for highest average GPA in Michigan, the average high school GPA is 3.49 on a 4.0 scale.

Students wishing to get enrolled at Cornerstone must keep the aforementioned facts in mind while applying to the institution. For more information, students are advised to visit the Admissions page or visit the official website.

 

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.

$20,461

Average Annual Cost

$24,500

Books And Supplies

$800

Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.

$9,300

Budget For Other Expenses

$2,172

Total One Year Cost

$36,772

From the above table, it is clear that the CU undergraduate average annual cost is 24,500. The students also need to budget for other expenses which include the following:

Cornerstone University room and board amounting to $9,300 while books and supplies amount to $800.

The average total cost of attendance for undergraduate students is $23,146.

For any further information about tuition and ways to pay, we suggest you follow our tuition and programs page or the university's official website.

Academics

Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

NA

Student:Faculty Ratio

15:1

Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.

79%

Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.

27%

Academic Calendar

Semester

Research Funding per Student

N/A

Faculty Overview

64%

Male Professors

36%

Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad

Majors

Business Administration, Management...

138 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

32 Graduates

Psychology, General

32 Graduates

Pastoral Counseling and Specialized...

19 Graduates

Theological and Ministerial Studies

19 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

18 Graduates

Human Services, General

16 Graduates

Marketing

15 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

13 Graduates

Social Work

13 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

11 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

11 Graduates

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

10 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

10 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

9 Graduates

Bible/Biblical Studies

8 Graduates

Clinical, Counseling and Applied Ps...

7 Graduates

Music

7 Graduates

Journalism

6 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

4 Graduates

History

4 Graduates

International Business

4 Graduates

Mathematics

4 Graduates

Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, an...

3 Graduates

Missions/Missionary Studies and Mis...

3 Graduates

Research and Experimental Psycholog...

3 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

2 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

2 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

2 Graduates

Biology, General

1 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

1 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

1 Graduates

Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Lan...

1 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students

1,625

Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

37%

Full-time

79%

Part-time

21%

Students Gender

Male

38%

US National: 44%

Female

62%

US National: 56%

LGBTQIA STUDENT RESOURCE GROUPS

ON CAMPUS WOMEN'S CENTER

Race/Ethnicity

79% White

0% Unknown

9% Black

5% Hispanic

1% Two or more races

4% Non Resident alien

2% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density

High

0%

Unknown Location

17%

Out Of State

79%

In State

4%

Foreign

Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$63,718 per year

Campus Life

Housing

The students can reside on campus and 87% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available

Yes

Freshmen Required to Live on Campus

No

Freshmen Live on Campus

87%

Undergrads in College Housing

N/A

Averege Housing Cost

N/A

Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around N/A.

Meal Plan Available

Yes

Average Meal Plan Available

N/A

Athletes

Division Sports Nickname

Golden Eagles

School Colors

Vegas gold and navy

Varsity Athletics Association

NAIA

Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Not applicable

Total Male Athletes

N/A

Total Female Athletes

N/A

Intramural Sports

6

Sports Club

N/A

Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol

Yes

Campus Emergency Phones

Yes

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Yes

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

No

Students who want to enjoy the campus and lodging life can benefit from the on-campus housing facility provided by CU. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $9,630 per year for living on campus. At Cornerstone University, students are offered well-cooked food keeping in mind their health and nutritional requirements. Additionally, the university offers a wide assortment of dining and meal options to the students. The university has taken a lot of measures to ensure the safety and security of its students. Some of these measures include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones and 24-hr escort safety rides. The university has enrolled around 37% male and 63% female students.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation

$32,900/year

Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation

$35,400/year

Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$0$100,000

$23,250

$29,000

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$241 - 301

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.

100%

Average Aid Per Year

$19,067

Students Receiving Federal Grants

39%

Average Aid Per Year

$4,678

Students Receiving State Aid

54%

Average Aid Per Year

$2,418

Students Receiving Institutional Grants

100%

Average Aid Per Year

$15,971

Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.

Income

Average Amount

< $30K

$21,907

$30K - $48K

$24,642

$48K - $75K

$19,892

$75K - $110K

$17,928

> $110K

$15,601

Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants

$926,621

Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants

$2,357,958

CU provides various scholarships, grants, and other financial support like Federal work-study for students.

These aids can be availed after submitting the FAFSA application.

Cornerstone University federal school code is 002266.

  • Institutional Aids like President’s Scholarship, Chancellor’s Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Cornerstone Need Grants, Resident Need Grant, Cornerstone University Ministry Major Grant, and Partners for Success Award are provided for the students to support them financially.

  • Federal Aids like Pell grants, Federal Supplement Education Opportunity Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and Direct PLUS Loans are also provided along with Federal Loans.

  • Military Aid awarded include Vocational Rehabilitation, Tuition Assistance, Post 9/11 GI Bil, Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

  • Students who are the Residents of Michigan can also apply for Michigan Tuition Grant.

Additionally, an applicant would receive financial assistance in the following forms:

Gift Avg Aid - 19,067

Federal Grant - $4,678

State Aid - $2,418

Institutional Aid - $15,971

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