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College Profile: Cornerstone University

 
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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
 
1001 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI
49525-5897
616-949-5300 (general)
616-222-1424 (financial aid)
616-222-1426 (admissions)
 
 
 

 
Mission Statement

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.


General Information
Other Names
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size 1,000 - 4,999
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Interdenominational

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
Yes ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
Yes ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

Cornerstone University Website
Wikipedia

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Required

Applicants (most recent fall period)
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Admissions (most recent fall period)
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Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
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SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
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Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
3,768 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
2,038 Fall Applicants767 Total Dormitory Capacity
1,454 Fall Admissions

Gender
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Ethnicity
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College Levels Offered
No Less than one year certificateYes One but less than two years certificate
Yes Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
Yes Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
Yes Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeYes First-professional degree
No First-professional 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
 
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