Grand Rapids, MI
Cornerstone University


96 Ratings

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Recent Reviews

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

Cornerstone University is friendly, personal, close minded and not diverse at all.

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

Cornerstone University is friendly, personal, close minded and not diverse at all.

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

When looking for an appropriate college, think about what is most important to you. When I was searcing for a college I placed social life and faith based programs as part of my top prioreties. At my school, I found them both, but I also found opression because I overlooked the friction between my sexual orientation and the conservativism of the school I attend. Make sure to dig into all aspects of your life and read the mission statements and goals of the schools you want to to attend to see if the school is a great fit for you. VISIT THE SCHOOLS YOU ARE RESEARCHING! While visiting, ask if you can spend the night in a dorm or with a student and ask them questions about their time at the university. Try to talk to a diverse group of people, freshman through seniors, black, white, gay or straight. Ask people to be honest with you about their experience with the school they attend. Let that visit simmer for a while before you visit another school. You don't want to visit a ton all at once or you may not appreciate what each school has to offer.

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

The school is very conservative and opressive towards outsiders. I am gay and the anxiety caused by attending a small conservative christian school has put me in three years of therapy. I am choosing to be ok with being gay and attending cornerstone, but it is a challenge. It is just a very closed environment, but on the flip side, everyone is very friendly.

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

Cornerstone is friendly, caring, a wonderful place to grow spiritually, full of professors who car and will invest in you, an...

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

Cornerstone is friendly, caring, a wonderful place to grow spiritually, full of professors who car and will invest in you, and has very strong community.

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

Your college experience is about more than just academics. If you go somewhere perfect academically but hate the campus or social life, your college experience will be highly disappointing. If you love your friends and the air of the campus, you will enjoy your experience and in turn probably do better in school, not to mention that it will really be what you make it. If classes are a little easy, you will have more time to maybe devote yourself to exploring things you like or enjoy, or adding a difficult elective class just because it sounds interesting. So keep in mind places that offer your major, but also pay attention to the campus, the students, the local town or city and the professors. All of those things will strongly factor in.

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

My best advice would be to follow your heart. Wherever you feel like you are being led is where you should go. Don't let mon...

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

My best advice would be to follow your heart. Wherever you feel like you are being led is where you should go. Don't let money or distance or anything else hinder your choice. College is going to be your home for four years so you should go to where your heart is led.

What's unique about your campus?

the community-- it makes you feel right at home

What kind of person should not attend this school?

anyone who is strongly against the christan faith considering this is a christian school.

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

Before beginning the college search, I recommend first deciding what kind of college the student is interested in: big or sma...

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

Before beginning the college search, I recommend first deciding what kind of college the student is interested in: big or small, public or private, etc. I recommend visiting prospective colleges. In my college search, what was on paper in college brochures was very different from what the college was really like. I always walked away from a college visit with a very firm decision: I loved it or hated it. I recommend applying to multiple schools so that the tuition price after financial aid (what you will actually be paying) can be part of the decision making process. (The financial aid package comes out a few months before the final decision must be made.) In making most of the college experience, find the right balance of class and fun. Don?t waste money flunking out from too many late night parties. Go to class, but there is also more to college than the classroom. I consider living on campus crucial to experiencing campus life. Most college students are broke, so learn how to have fun for free/cheap. Get creative; you don?t have to sit at home if you?re tapped on cash.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The person who will find the most out of Cornerstone is a student who wants smaller classes and personal attention from the professors. Someone who likes to go to parties with alcohol or be part of a sorority/fraternity would not be happy at Cornerstone. It is best if there is agreement with the "lifestyle statement" to avoid feeling stiffled. Being a conservative Christian school, students may want to be eager and enthusiastic about integrating Christianity into their field of study and their entire worldview. Cornerstone is a small school in a big city, offering the best of both worlds.

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  • 1,856
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $26,860
  • Acceptance rate
  • 63%

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