About Cornerstone University (CU)
On Campus Housing
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.
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.
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.
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
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.
Highest Degree Offered
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 Emergency Phones
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
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.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
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