#15 Best Private Colleges in Michigan

Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Cornerstone University overview
Location Grand Rapids, Michigan
Online cornerstone.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Interdenominational
Cornerstone University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Cornerstone University, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a private, non-denominational Christian institution established in 1941. It enrolls students across undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs, emphasizing a blend of traditional liberal arts education and professional studies. The university maintains a picturesque suburban campus noted for its contemporary architecture and green spaces, providing a tranquil environment conducive to academic pursuits. Student housing is available, with a variety of residential options to accommodate those seeking an on-campus living experience. Cornerstone is moderately selective in its admissions process, catering to a range of academic profiles while maintaining an emphasis on integrating faith into its educational ethos. The institution is particularly recognized for its strong programs in Business, Education, and Media Studies. While Cornerstone participates in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), it is not predominantly known for its athletic programs; thus, its team name and sports achievements are not highlighted in this summary.

In the most recent statistical year 1,926 prospective students applied, and 1,575 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 290 enrolled in the school.  1,155 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 626 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $27,580 plus fees of $300. Cornerstone University is ranked 867 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Cornerstone University is rated within the lower 36% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 970/1220
ACT 20/25
Estimated GPA 3.28

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Cornerstone University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$300
Room and Board $10,520
Budget for Other Expenses$3,460
Total One Year Cost$42,660

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$38,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

43% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Cornerstone University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 56%
Education 11%
Theology and Religious Vvocations 11%
Communication 6%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 3%

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