Grand Rapids, MI
Cornerstone University


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Recent Reviews

Katie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choosing a college is a huge decision that should not be taken lightly. The best advice that I can offer in finding the righ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choosing a college is a huge decision that should not be taken lightly. The best advice that I can offer in finding the right school is to visit, find a bench in the middle of campus, and have a seat for a while. As a safari guide would say, "Observe the unsuspecting students in their natural habitat." What kind of atmosphere does the campus have? Ask students and faculty first-hand what they think of the school. Admissions counselors will rarely talk about any of the school's negative aspects, but impromptu interviews will yield a better, comprehensive portrait of the college. The biggest question that parents and students need to ask after visiting is whether they can see that school as home. Students will be making a new life at college, and to make the most of their experience they should get involved in one new activity every year. From intramural sports and fraternities or sororities to academic organizations and activist groups, the most enriching college experience is one that gives students the opportunity to gain perspective from the people and activities around them without the stress of overcommitment.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Cornerstone is the emphasis on community. You have to try really hard to be a loner or not have friends. The people around you genuinely care about your well-being. I didn't know what Christian community really looked like until I experienced it here. My professors, my RAs, the staff, and my friends are all supportive and encouraging, and to me, that is invaluable.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I think the worst thing about Cornerstone is the lack of diversity. I think the overall experience at Cornerstone would be enhanced with the life experience and point of view that students from a variety of social, economic, racial, ethnic, and geographical backgrounds. However, the new president has put in place a sort of reorganized admissions target strategy in order to bring a more diverse group of students to the campus in the coming years.

Jessica
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Cornerstone is very open, students are very friendly, there is a great sense of community throughout the entire campus, our s...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Cornerstone is very open, students are very friendly, there is a great sense of community throughout the entire campus, our school is very academically and spirtually centered.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I believe the most important part in finding a college, is that you feel the most at home while on campus, or in the dorms. Another thing is that they have a reputable course of study for what you would like to enter into. To make the most of your college experiences you really need to have friends. It is very important though that you do not let your social life be the most important thing. You are paying to attend the school and by abandoning your schoolwork, you won't pass. There needs to be a balance between homework and friends, and when you find the balance that allows you to do well in your classes and still find time to just hang out with friends, then you will have an amazing expericance at school. Also college is not all about the partying and drinking, don't waste this amazing part of your life being wasted or high all the time!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The school is very strict on when the students can live off campus. I believe that after 1 year on campus students should be able to live off campus. Coming to college is part of a journey to learning to live on your own, but when you are forced to stay on campus until the junior year, people are hindered. Plus, living on is expensive and in some cases it would be more afordable for students to live off campus.

Courtney
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice that I would give to parents and studets who are trying find the right college is to start early! Make sure that...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice that I would give to parents and studets who are trying find the right college is to start early! Make sure that you get your applications in early. I work in the admissions office at my University and it is essential for prospective students to get their applications in early if they want to be considered for scholarships as well as first choice on housing and classes. I would also recommend that students visit several colleges, because you can learn so much about the college or university by visiting that you cannot learn on the website. Really look at how the students and faculty treat you and how well they are able to answer your questions. The other thing is once you have picked out the college you would like to go to get involved in campus groups and activities right away that way you are sure to make friends and do things that interest you. The other benefit of this is that some groups look really good on resumes. Last but not least work hard and have fun college is suppose to be some of the best years of your life so make the most of it!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is focused on their schoolwork, and is looking for a positive Christian community to support them.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is looking to party all of the time.

molly
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not worry about what college is the right one. It is all what you make of it.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not worry about what college is the right one. It is all what you make of it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

i wish there were more open-dorm hours besides just on the weekend nights

Zach
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Try to have a good idea of what you want to do for the rest of your life before going to college, but at the same time, if it...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Try to have a good idea of what you want to do for the rest of your life before going to college, but at the same time, if it isn't working, try something different. Nothing's concrete until you have the degree, and even then it can still be up in the air. Have fun with college, but take it seriously and do your work; especially if it's what you're planning on doing with the rest of your life. Take it seriously, and learn as much as you can.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known how fairweather the weekends can be as far as things going on. There are weekends where campus is bristling with business, then there are weekends where it is absolutely dead.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

My school has this strong push towards relationships. Even the people who claim they just don't care about relationships at all you can tell have this strong drive towards being in a relationship. My school has often been referred to as a shoe factory by students, where we come in as singles, and leave in pairs.

Alaina
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are dedicated, fun, hardworking, Christians who really love life.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are dedicated, fun, hardworking, Christians who really love life.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would give the advice to follow your heart. Choose somewhere that you feel comfortable after having visited. Somewhere with a strong program within your major and with extra-curriculur activities that fit well within the range of your interests and hobbies. Make sure to find a campus where the majority of students seem to live life the way you do, it will make finding friends much easier. Really dive into friendships and school work. Live every day to its fullest and take each opportunity that comes your way so you will never have regrets.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That they would be dropping my major before I graduated and I would have trouble finishing in the program.

jake
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think it is best known for its attempts at building community. My school is trying to be better, but failing miserably.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think it is best known for its attempts at building community. My school is trying to be better, but failing miserably.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure that you fill the FAFSA as soon as possible. Think about what your most passionate about as a profession. You don't have to know it all, but brainstorm on things you are good at, love... Then take a variety of classes you're interested in. Go out for all scholorships you can! Finally work hard when you can, especially during the summers! Be very careful in college to have a budget and not stray away from it!! Finally make sure to maintain family connections but also be your own person. Own your own life!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I think the worst thing about my school is that it is absolutely closed minded and offensive to Christians. I definitely considered myself Christian until I came to this "Christian" school and was then turned off to it by the way people treated myself and others.

Briana
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A community of students, growing academically and spiritually together to create a greater future.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A community of students, growing academically and spiritually together to create a greater future.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My personal motivating phrase has been, "What you put into school will be what you get out of it." Chose a school where you feel comfortable, and where you think you will be the most motivated to do your best. The rest is up to you. Work hard, keep focused, and do what you love to do. You'll earn what you decide to invest.

What's unique about your campus?

We are very community oriented. Many incoming students have remarked that they feel instantly accepted and have had no trouble making friends right away. I felt a part of the music department instantly and have a very close-knit group of friends. I also love the faculty here. Cornerstone is progressing as a university and I think it will only get better through the years.

Sarah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If the environment at school is a good one, I strongly recommend having them stay on campus for at least one year. It's a gr...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If the environment at school is a good one, I strongly recommend having them stay on campus for at least one year. It's a great experience, and you make some really great friends. That's what I did. I stayed on campus for my freshman year, and now I'm commuting to save some money. :)

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There are chapels offered a few times each week, and we have to meet a certain number of them. It's harder for commuters. BUT they are changing it a little next year.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is really in to alcohol and drugs.

Justin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Your experience rises and falls with you. The campus could be the most wonderful place in the world, but if your attitude is ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Your experience rises and falls with you. The campus could be the most wonderful place in the world, but if your attitude is rotten, you will never have a fulfilling college experience. Attitude is everything. Secondly, never think High School can carry you through college. Leave high school at the door and get ready for something completely new. Upperclassman aren't going to care if you were a football superstar or the most popular person. So do yourself a favor and come to school ready to tackle a new frontier and be willing to make new friends and learn new ideas. If you can do that, people will respect you, your social life will be amazing, and you'll cherish your college memories forever.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I knew more about the religious background so I could have been more understanding on the opinions held by a good majority of the students.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone can attend this school. It gets a little expensive, so I think it scares a lot of lower class students away. On the flip side, upper class students might not come here because the school isn't distinguished enough for them.

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