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Cornerstone University Data & Information Overview

45 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
91% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Cornerstone University Ranked?

#1,433 Best Colleges in Nation
#41 Best Colleges in MI
Theology & Religious Vocations Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Cornerstone University was awarded 45 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is theology & religious vocations.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Cornerstone as #1,433 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cornerstone held the #1,486 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 57 colleges in Michigan, Cornerstone is ranked at #41.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cornerstone?

91% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
69% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Cornerstone University has an acceptance rate of 91%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Cornerstone.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to Cornerstone submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 620. Math scores were between 480 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornerstone University  ( 490 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Cornerstone University  ( 480 to 600 )
Cornerstone received ACT scores from 36% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Cornerstone University  ( 20 to 25 )

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Cornerstone University Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Cornerstone University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Cornerstone University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cornerstone University

97% Freshmen Retention
51% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Cornerstone University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Cornerstone the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 51%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  51 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Cornerstone University.

Cornerstone University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,024 Full-Time Undergraduates
14.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
60.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,461 undergraduates at Cornerstone with 1,024 being full-time and 437 being part-time.

How Much Does Cornerstone University Cost?

$20,397 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
$36,484 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Cornerstone is $20,397. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cornerstone

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,675 $18,391 $18,541 $19,953 $23,329

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cornerstone, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cornerstone, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $9,121 a year. That adds up to $36,484 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornerstone is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cornerstone Graduates Make?

$42,832 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Cornerstone make around $42,832 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Cornerstone University make the most money.

Location of Cornerstone University

Michigan State
1,024 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Cornerstone University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The location of Cornerstone is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for Cornerstone are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1001 E Beltline Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897
Phone: 616-949-5300

Cornerstone University Majors

43 Majors With Completions
376 Undergraduate Degrees
176 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 43 majors graduated from Cornerstone University. Of these students, 376 received undergraduate degrees and 176 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 94 $44,545
General Psychology 28 $33,124
Health & Physical Education 26 $35,145
Teacher Education Grade Specific 22 $40,175
Communication & Media Studies 18 $28,707
Theological & Ministerial Studies 18 NA
Health/Medical Prep Programs 18 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 14 $36,833
Marketing 13 $38,970
Child Development & Psychology 9 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Cornerstone University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cornerstone

26% Take At Least One Class Online
20% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 510 students took at least one online class at Cornerstone University. This is a decrease from the 597 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 510 395
2019-2020 597 532
2018-2019 521 462
2017-2018 729 531
2016-2017 846 676

Learn more about online learning at Cornerstone University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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