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Get the facts about Cornerstone University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Cornerstone University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Cornerstone University was awarded 5 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

Cornerstone landed the #926 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Cornerstone is also ranked #28 out of 42 schools in Michigan.

See all of the rankings for Cornerstone University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Cornerstone?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Cornerstone University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 67%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 65% 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 470 and 590. Math scores were between 450 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornerstone University  ( 470 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Cornerstone University  ( 450 to 570 )
Cornerstone received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Cornerstone University  ( 19 to 25 )

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Cornerstone University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Cornerstone University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cornerstone University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Cornerstone University has a freshmen retention rate of 77%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 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 43%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  43 out of 100

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

Average Overall Diversity at Cornerstone

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,625 undergraduates at Cornerstone with 1,288 being full-time and 337 being part-time.

Cornerstone Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

Cornerstone scored 46.00 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  46.00 out of 100
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How Much Does Cornerstone University Cost?

The overall average net price of Cornerstone is $20,554. 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 +
$17,600 $14,865 $19,615 $21,579 $23,906

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cornerstone, approximately 91% of students took out student loans averaging $9,308 a year. That adds up to $37,232 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornerstone is 5.9%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Cornerstone with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $35,400 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 11% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Cornerstone University make the most money.

Location of Cornerstone University

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cornerstone University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Cornerstone is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Cornerstone University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 40 majors graduated from Cornerstone University. Of these students, 456 received undergraduate degrees and 202 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 126 $43,900
General Psychology 37 $28,400
Health & Physical Education 33 NA
Marketing 23 NA
Communication & Media Studies 22 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20 $34,100
Health/Medical Prep Programs 14 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 14 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14 NA
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 14 NA

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

Online Learning at Cornerstone

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 729 students took at least one online class at Cornerstone University. This is a decrease from the 846 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 729 531
2016-2017 846 676
2015-2016 701 587
2014-2015 157 23
2013-2014 724 252

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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