Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids, MI

Cornerstone, founded in 1941 as Grand Rapids Baptist College and Seminary, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts university. Its 132-acre campus is located in Grand Rapids.

Website: www.cornerstone.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,755
Undergraduate
Students
(61.8%) 1,084 Women
(38.2%) 671 Men
606
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate
67% of 2,737 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.56
SAT Math
555 average
450-570 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
573 average
470-590 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
22 average
19-25 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$36,772
Tuition and Fees
$24,500
Room and Board
$9,300
Average Percent of Need Met
72%
Average Freshman Award
$22,748
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,729
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
63
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Grand Rapids Population
192,294
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Grand Rapids
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
63% of all students
Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Golden Eagles
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.1% Asian
12.1% Black/African-American
5.3% Hispanic/Latino
0.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.5% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
3.7% from 30 countries
First-Year Students Returning
77.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
80%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Minimally Difficult: Most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is not required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 2  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 3  
History 3  
Academic Electives 4  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for placement
ACT: Used for placement

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1001 East Beltline Avenue, NE
City, State, Zip
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897
Phone
(616) 222-1426
Fax
(616) 222-1540
E-mail
admissions@cornerstone.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Pastoral letter required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
67% of 2,737 applicants were admitted
Women
68% of 1,831 applicants were admitted
Men
67% of 906 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
330 (18%) of 1,844 admitted students enrolled
Women
204 (17%) of 1,236 admitted students enrolled
Men
126 (21%) of 608 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.56
3.75 and Above
33%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49
3%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
555 average
450-570 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
25%
Score of 500 - 600
59%
Score of 400 - 500
15%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
573 average
470-590 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
35%
Score of 500 - 600
45%
Score of 400 - 500
15%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
22 average
19-25 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
7%
Score of 24 - 29
41%
Score of 18 - 23
44%
Score of 12 - 17
8%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 19%
Top quarter: 43%
Top half: 80%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$36,772
Tuition and Fees
$24,500
Room and Board
$9,300
Books and Supplies
$800
Other Expenses
$2,172
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Not reported
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002266
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
258 (92.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
230 (89.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
230 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
36 (15.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
72%
Average Award
$22,748
Need-Based Gift
Received by 230 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $18,753
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 198 (86.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,529
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 24 (10.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
49 (17.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,755

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
904 (86.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
841 (93.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
840 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
110 (13.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
70%
Average Award
$21,975
Need-Based Gift
Received by 839 (99.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $17,455
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 735 (87.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,955
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 68 (8.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
209 (19.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $10,381

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
81%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,729
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
8.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Business, Communication, Education, English, Home Economics, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, International Students, Members of Minorities, Relatives of Clergy
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$941
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Biology
  • Finance, General
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
  • Photography
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
  • Youth Ministry
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Theology and religious vocations, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
63
Part-Time Faculty
311
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
11%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
347,353
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
43
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Education--General
  • English as a Second Language

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Grand Rapids Population
192,294
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Grand Rapids
Campus Size
132 acres

Weather

Temperature
14.7 average low in January, 78.7 average high in September
Rain
134 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Grand Rapids
Nearest Train Station
Grand Rapids

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
63% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
37%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Golden Eagles
School Colors
Navy and old gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x x    
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading    
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student government, student education association, intramural sports, student activities council, international justice mission
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,755
Women
1,084 (61.8%)
Men
671 (38.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,260
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.1% Asian
12.1% Black/African-American
5.3% Hispanic/Latino
0.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.5% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students.
3.7% from 30 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
606

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
77.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
50.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
53.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
80%
Average Starting Salary
80%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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