Cornerstone University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Michigan


Cornerstone University is a multi-denominational Christian university located on a 130-acre campus five miles from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1941 as the Baptist Bible Institute of Grand Rapids, Cornerstone still places service to Christ and a literal interpretation of the Bible at the heart of the college experience. Undergraduates can chose from 46 academic programs with business being the most popular. The university has a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. On the athletic front, the Cornerstone Golden Eagles compete in the NAIA Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Business, Education, Youth Ministry

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2440
Total Grad Students: 287
Undergraduate Students: 2153
Faculty: 73

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 33:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 29:1

Percent Male: 40%
Percent Female: 60%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 31%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 49%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1001 E Beltline Ave Ne
Grand Rapids Michigan 49525


Main Email:

Main Phone: 616-949-5300

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Lisa VanDyke
Transfer Admission Counselor, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Dana Nixon
Associate Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions

International Admissions Contact:
Jessalyn Smith
Internations Admission Counselor, Office of Admissions

Athletics Contact:
Dave Grube
Director of Athletics, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A minimum college GPA of 2.00 is required of all who are interested in applying to this institution.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Cornerstone University does not publish a minimum grade requirement for transfer applicants.

Credits (Min/Max):

Test Scores for Applying:
A minimum standards for acceptance is a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT or 1350 total score on the SAT. Unless you are over the age of 24 or have taken at least 30 college credit hours then you don't have to submit scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Submission of a Christian Leader Recommendation is required for admission consideration.

Essay(s) required:

Application Fee:
Application fee of an non-refundable $25.00.

Other Requirements:
Another minimum standards for acceptance is evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ

Fall Deadline:
Rolling Admission

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 21 27
English 19 26
Math 20 27
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 500 620
Math 480 612
Writing 517 612

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 63%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -63%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 2812

Room and Board: 7314

Tuition and Fees: 22388

Total Cost: 33514

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Cornerstone University offers a wide array of Financial Aid options including Federal loans, Grants, and Scholarships.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5848

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 76%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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