College Profile: Cornerstone University
Cornerstone University is an independent, non-denominational Christian liberal arts and professional studies institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The university's mission is "to enable individuals to apply unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world," and the university emphasizes a "Christian worldview" in all programming. Cornerstone University represents a traditional age undergraduate, adult, and graduate program, two seminaries (Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Asia Baptist Theological Seminary based in Singapore) and a radio division called Cornerstone University Radio (WCSG, WAYG, WAYK, HisKids.net, Mission Network News). In the 1990s and early 2000s, Cornerstone University experienced significant transformational growth, moving to a broader evangelical base, changing its name, becoming a university, increasing enrollment, adding facilities and improving the campus, introducing an adult program including the MBA and a leadership development experience, increasing academic and athletic quality, adding an Honors Program and "Civitas" Core Curriculum, reworking its mascot, colors, and logo, winning a men's national basketball championship, and reaching into the community in a new and effective way. In 2008, the Board of Trustees made the decision to no longer offer tenured positions for future faculty hires in the university program. Faculty members with tenure will maintain it and those who are appointed under the new policy will receive up to a five year contract. Cornerstone University offers programs in the humanities, sciences, business, religion, education, and fine arts, and includes a seminary. The university is situated on 119 acres (0.48 km2) of beautifully landscaped grounds including a 9-acre (36,000 m2) pond encircled by a walking path, The Margaret Mollema Walkway. The school colors are navy and "old gold." The mascot is The Golden Eagles. All subjects are taught with the trinitarian belief in the triune God and the literal interpretation of the Bible. Students are required to abide by a "Lifestyle Statement" intended to reflect those beliefs and encourage spiritual discernment in students' lives. The university offers students 60 academic program choices, including programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, Bible, teacher education, computers and business and journalism. The journalism major, starting Fall 2008, offers three emphases from which to choose: journalism, photojournalism and public relations. Cornerstone University is nationally accredited by both the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the National Association of Schools of Music. In sports, it is a member of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and the NAIA. Cornerstone's social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). As of 2006, Cornerstone has an enrollment of 1,400 traditional undergraduate students, 2,750 total students including professional and graduate studies, and both seminaries. The 2008-2009 costs for an incoming student, taking 12-17 credit hours per semester and living on campus at Cornerstone University are: Tuition & Fees $ 19,190(includes laptop computer)
Room & Board $ 6,500
Tech Fee $ 340
TOTAL COST $26,030
616-222-1424 (financial aid)
Cornerstone University is a theologically conservative institution of Christian higher education, which enables individuals to apply unchanging Biblical principles in a rapidly changing world. The faculty and staff of Cornerstone University will assist in developing, acquiring, and cultivating, the following goals:
1. Students will develop an integrated Christian worldview.
2. Students will develop spiritual, intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, physical, and social maturity.
3. Students will acquire the knowledge and abilities necessary to engage in meaningful vocations and ministries.
4. Students will cultivate the critical thinking skills and learning competencies which foster lifelong learning.
5. Faculty will research, critique, and contribute to the knowledge associated with each academic discipline.
||Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above|
||1,000 - 4,999|
|Title IV Eligibility
||Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs|
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||Employment services for students||Yes
||Placement services for completers|
||On-campus day care for students' children||
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||Distance learning opportunities|
||ROTC: Air Force||
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Cornerstone University Website
Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
|Open admission policy
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College Levels Offered
||Less than one year certificate||Yes
||One but less than two years certificate|
||Two but less than 4 years certificate|
Degrees and Certifications
Associate of Science in Business (Associate Degree)
The Associate of Science in Business Studies is an introductory level academic program designed for working adults who understand what a solid Christian liberal arts education can enable them to accomplish in life and employment. The program provides an extensive study of many disciplines in order to establish a strong educational core through which students may rightly interpret reality and live out their faith in all areas of life. The program stresses the integration of business issues with general education principles and satisfies the requirements to continue in a Bachelor degree completion program.
Associate of Science in Human Services (Associate Degree)
No description available.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Bachelor Degree)
The Business Administration program is an upper-level academic program designed for the working professional employed in business, public organization, or non-profit setting. The curriculum enables graduates to deal effectively with an increasingly complex business environment. The program stresses skill development in the areas of organization and management, analytical methods, decision-making, finance, marketing, accounting, economics and operations.
Bachelor of Science in Management (Bachelor Degree)
The Management program is an upper-level academic program designed for the working professional in the areas of business, public organizaiton or a non-profit setting. Prospective students will develop skills in the areas of manangement and leadership, communications, finance and descision-making from a Christian worldview. The program emphasizes core competencies necessary to manage effectively in today's competitive global environment.
Cosmetology (Certificate Program)
Teacher of Cosmetology (Certificate Program)
All Academic Programs
- Computer Science.
- History, General.
- Business Administration and Management, General.
- Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
- Music Performance, General.
- History Teacher Education.
- Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
- Creative Writing.
- Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
- Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
- Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other.
- Bible/Biblical Studies.
- International Business/Trade/Commerce.
- Theology/Theological Studies.
- Elementary Education and Teaching.
- Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv.
- Social Studies Teacher Education.
- Religious Education.
- Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
- Social Work.
- Human Development and Family Studies, General.
- English Language and Literature, General.
- Social Sciences, General.
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