Cornerstone University

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School Overview

Cornerstone University is a fully accredited Christian university located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While the university holds to the trinitarian belief in the triune God and the Kings James Bible, it is an independent, non-denominational educational institution that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and beliefs. One of the university’s main goals is to prepare its students to make a positive impact in the world by providing a Christ-focused learning experience. The university has a unique “Lifestyle Statement” that all students must abide by. The statement is a reflection of the trinitarianism and literal interpretation of the Bible.

Cornerstone University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in over 60 areas of study including religion, business, humanities, education, computers, journalism, sciences, and fine arts. The university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Center Association of Colleges and Schools. It is nationally accredited by the National Associations of Schools of Music, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

In addition to its main campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the university has two seminaries; the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and the Asia Baptist Theological Seminary, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Cornerstone also owns and operates its own radio stations, Cornerstone University Radio.

Total annual enollment at Cornestone averages about 3,000, including undergraduate, graduate studies and professional students.

General Information

Admission Office

1001 East Beltline NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897

(616) 222-1426

(800) 787-9778

Fax: (616) 222-1418

Contact: Tim Johnston

Vice-President of Enrollment Management and Marketing
Main Address

1001 East Beltline NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897

(616) 949-5300

Total undergrads: 1,797

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 205

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,741

Graduate enrollment: 571


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 75%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 69%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Environmental Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Financial Planning B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B


Biology Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education A
Early Childhood Education A,B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

American Literature B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family Systems B
Work/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General A,B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Sport/Fitness Administration B


Family Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Social Sciences – General B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies A,B,C
Youth Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Cornerstone University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (616) 949-5300
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 1001 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,998
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 53%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,477 (74% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $25,360
Out-of-state Tuition: $25,360
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $14,813

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Cornerstone University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Cornerstone University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 185
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Education 1831
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 141
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Psychology 41
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Theology and Religious Vocations 46
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 449181

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Cornerstone University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $25,360
Out-of-state $25,360
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $14,470
Out-of-state $14,470

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 281 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 274 96% $14,813
Student loan aid 257 90% $9,834

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,442 84% $12,110
Federal student loans 1,237 72% $6,859

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Cornerstone University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Cornerstone University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,519 875 1,644
Percent admitted 100% 76% 78%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 13% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Cornerstone University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,998
Undergraduate enrollment 1,504
Graduate enrollment 494

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Cornerstone University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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