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Student Experience

Deposited Students

Congratulations on making Cornerstone University your new home! This is your spot for all of your next steps leading up to your arrival to campus, including exclusive events for incoming students.


Read the New Student Enrollment Packet

This packet will be a guide to help answer your questions as we get closer to the start of the semester. It also contains an overview of the academic calendar.

All enrollment paperwork should be completed by Arrival Day unless stated differently. Below is a general timeline of summer deadlines for incoming students. Please refer to this page or contact the Admissions Office with any questions.

Download Enrollment Packet (PDF)


Register for Your Summer Orientation Day

Summer Orientation Days are a time for you to register for classes, meet future classmates and finalize enrollment items to prepare for Arrival Day.

Orientation sign-up invitations are sent by email to deposited students. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have questions about registering for Summer Orientation Days.


Complete Transcript & Test Score Paperwork | Due: July 1

Please submit the official enrollment forms listed below. Submitting these items will ensure you are prepared to register for classes during Summer Orientation Days.

  • Submit your final high school transcript.*
  • Submit your final college transcript.*
  • Submit your AP or CLEP scores.*
  • If applicable, please complete your math and English placement test. If you’re not sure whether you need to take a placement test, please contact your admissions counselor.

*Please Note: All final transcripts must be sent from the institution in a sealed envelope, while all AP and CLEP scores must be sent through College Board.


Complete Health Services Paperwork | Due: Aug. 1

Complete and mail your health forms to the TUG Admissions Office by July 1. Completing these forms may require you to schedule a doctor’s appointment.

  • Medical History Form
  • Immunization History Form
  • TB Self-Screening Tool
  • Authorization to Treat Form

New Student-Athletes: You must register on SWOL and return additional forms to the Athletics Office. These forms include an Annual Health Physical, Proof of Primary Insurance, Medical Insurance Protocol and New Incoming Student-Athlete Health History.

New Student Health Forms and Information

For any questions or information about dietary needs and/or food allergies, please reach out to Cindy Wiltheiss, director of CU Food Service, at (or Food Service Department 616.222.1438) with questions and information for options.


Complete Financial Aid Paperwork | Due: Aug. 5

Log in to your Cornerstone email account and complete the required financial aid forms.


Pay Your Tuition Statement | Aug. 15

Class schedules and fall tuition bills will be mailed in mid-July. By Aug. 15, please pay your tuition statement or set up a payment plan.

Students must pay their bill in full or have a payment plan set up by Move-in Day (residential students, varies if playing in a fall varsity sport) or the first day of classes (commuters).

Payment Plan Options

New Student Arrival Information

Arrival Day for fall 2022 will be held on Friday, Aug. 26. For additional details about arrival and orientation, select the menu below that is most relevant to your arrival.

All students and their family members are encouraged to attend new student dedication on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Orientation Week will kick off following the dedication service. Orientation attendance is required for all new students.

Enrollment Packet

More information about what to pack for move-in and your checklist of enrollment items to complete before your arrival can be found in your enrollment packet.

Download Enrollment Packet (PDF)


If your sport is not listed here, please see the Residential Student or Commuter Student arrival information below depending on whether or not you will be living on campus.

Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball

Arrival Day: Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

Check-in Location: Bernice Hansen Athletic Center

Schedule coming soon!

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Golf

Arrival Day: Friday, Aug. 19, 2022

Check-in Location: Bernice Hansen Athletic Center

Schedule coming soon!

International Students & Missionary Kids

We look forward to welcoming you to Cornerstone for your arrival day on Tuesday, Aug. 23! Please view details regarding your campus arrival below.

Please Note: Student-athletes who have a specified early arrival time from their coach are not required to attend this orientation. However, we will work with your coach to find times that you will be able to meet and get to know other MK and international students. You will receive information later this summer about arrival times for fall athletes.

Register for Arrival Day

Let us know your plans for arriving to campus and register for your arrival day.

Register Now

Arrival & Orientation Schedule

Schedule coming soon!

Arriving to Campus

If you are flying to Grand Rapids, plan for Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., to be your final destination. Cornerstone will only provide transportation from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. If you choose to arrive at another airport destination, you will be responsible for arranging transportation to campus.

To arrange transportation from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, email Dave Emerson or make a request on the registration form no later than Aug. 9.

Parents and Family Members

Parents are welcome to stay in Grand Rapids from when orientation begins on Tuesday, Aug. 23 through the new student dedication service happening on campus at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.

Parents who choose to stay Aug. 23-26 need to secure their own hotel accommodations. A list of partnering hotels is available. Make sure to mention that you are a guest of Cornerstone University for a reduced rate.

If you have any questions about Cornerstone or planning your arrival, please contact Dave Emerson at 800.787.9778.

Residential Students

We look forward to welcoming you to campus on Friday, Aug. 26! Please view details regarding your campus arrival below.

Check-in Location: Bernice Hansen Athletic Center

Schedule coming soon!

Orientation programming will be provided on Arrival Day.

Commuter Students

We look forward to welcoming you to campus on Friday, Aug. 26! Please view details regarding your campus arrival below.

Check-in Location: Bernice Hansen Athletic Center

Schedule coming soon!

Orientation programming will be provided on Arrival Day.

Cornerstone taught me to strive constantly for my greatest potential.

Ciara Wilke (’17)

Additional Resources

ZeeMee Student App

Download the ZeeMee student app to begin making connections with classmates today!

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On-Campus Student Employment

Students can browse, search and apply for on-campus employment opportunities through Handshake. If you have been accepted to Cornerstone and submitted your enrollment deposit, you can access Handshake using your CU student username and password.

Once you have accepted an on-campus job, you will need to complete the following steps to finalize your employment:

  • Sign all required Human Resources documents and return them to HR.
  • Bring unexpired, original ID to present to HR. One form of ID that qualifies is a valid US passport. Another option is to bring both a driver’s license and a social security card. If you are not a US citizen or need other options, please contact HR.

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