Dedicated to Helping You Continue Your College Planning During COVID-19

Your life probably looks a lot different today than it did a few weeks ago. You're not leaving home to go to school—you're probably not leaving home much at all. This can be tricky when you are a student trying to map out life after graduation or beginning to research college options.

At Cornerstone University, we're dedicated to partnering with you during this time. We are anticipating your frequently asked questions and striving to meet your needs. That's why we have provided an in-depth list of questions we think you're asking along with our responses. Can't find your question? Simply email admissions@cornerstone.edu, and we will work quickly to provide you an answer.

Accepted & Deposited Students

1. How do I register for fall classes?

Provided you have submitted your tuition deposit, you will be emailed a pre-registration form beginning April 10.

2. What is pre-registration?

Pre-registration is the first step of two in order to be registered for fall classes. The form asks you questions about your educational background (i.e., AP/CLEP exams you may have taken), class preferences and times and any other information that will assist the professional advisers as they create your schedule.

That's right! At Cornerstone, you do not need to worry about coordinating your fall semester schedule. We take that stress away from you so that you can feel confident you are on the right path for a timely graduation.

3. I'm worried I will not be able to get into the classes I want. Can I receive priority registration?

Our professional advisers will begin coordinating class schedules based on the tuition deposit date and submission of the pre-registration form. The sooner you deposit to Cornerstone, the better your chances of being enrolled in preferred courses.

4. When will I receive my class schedule?

Class schedules are mailed mid-July, with plenty of time to make adjustments if conflicts should arise with your schedule.

5. When is New Student Orientation Day?

New Student Orientation Day remains scheduled for June 5, 2020. As the date gets closer, we will have a better understanding regarding whether the event will happen on campus or if we will be altering our programming to be administered virtually. Details will be emailed.

6. What can I expect at New Student Orientation?

Highlights of New Student Orientation include meeting your future classmates (or roommate!) while also completing enrollment paperwork. You will be able to set up your Cornerstone email account, work with Financial Aid Services completing financial aid forms and setting up bill payment plans, hear from our Student Success Team and make adjustments to your class schedule. You will hear about purchasing textbooks, work with Health Services to fill out health forms and hear from Student and Ministry organizations on campus.

7. How and when will housing assignments be communicated?

Housing preference forms will be emailed mid-April, provided you have submitted your tuition/room & board deposit of $200. Official housing assignments will be released at the end of July to the beginning of August via email. That housing assignment will include your roommates' name and room/dorm assignment.

8. How are roommates being decided?

Once your housing preference form is submitted, the Cornerstone campus life staff, as well as the Admissions Counselors, will look at your preferences and do their best to match compatible roommates.

9. I have someone I'd like to room with. How do I request a roommate?

On our housing preference form, there is a place for you to designate a specific person as your roommate and include any other comments. Both roommates must request each other in order for this to be honored.

10. I was hoping to explore residence halls before filling out my Housing Form. How can I do that now?

Don't worry! You have a few options. One place to begin is our community life page where we provide descriptions of the residence halls. Additionally, we plan to offer several virtual events dedicated to talking about the residence hall. Also, for ideas of how to configure your dorm room check out our room configuration page! Don't forget to check in on ZeeMee to watch past videos of life in the dorms.

11. How can I meet other accepted and deposited students right now?

The best way to meet other students who are eager to connect with one another is by using ZeeMee. This free app will provide you with ways to connect with other students, ask questions, participate in contests for free CU gear and learn about important updates.

12. When is the deposit deadline?

We have chosen to extend the deposit deadline/refund to June 1, 2020, for entering fall 2020 students. We will be accepting deposits all throughout the summer until classes begin.

13. What if I want to deposit and commit to Cornerstone, but do not have the funds at this time?

This is a great question to ask your Admissions Counselor. We will work hard to find creative ways to partner with you to make a CU investment reachable.

14. I was planning on retaking my ACT/SAT to improve my merit scholarship. What should I do?

For students who plan to attend Cornerstone, we can offer you the opportunity to take the ACT on our campus. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for more details and to sign up.

15. I've decided to commute instead of living in the dorms. Can I do that?

Of course but please talk with your Admissions Counselor about your change of plans so we can update your file and student bill accordingly.

16. I was admitted to the Pathway Program: I was planning on retaking my ACT/SAT to move out of the Pathway program. What should I do?

Please talk to your Admissions Counselor or email admissions@cornerstone.edu to learn more about taking an Online ACT (Residual) Test on the campus of Cornerstone University later this summer.

17. Is it too late to apply for the Creativity & Innovation Honors Institute (CIHI)?

Unfortunately, the deadline to apply to CIHI has passed. However, you can still minor in our Creativity and Innovation program!

18. I am a transfer student: what if I cannot get my transcript sent to Cornerstone?

We can accept unofficial college transcripts for your acceptance to Cornerstone and to begin the pre-registration process. Official college transcripts will be needed prior to classes beginning in September.

19. I am a transfer student: my classes have moved to an online format. Will that impact my transfer to Cornerstone?

As long as each course is 100 level or higher, and you receive a grade of C- or better, your classes will transfer to Cornerstone.

20. I am an international student: My school is not open and I cannot obtain an official transcript or final testing from my country. Can I still attend Cornerstone?

If you have already applied and been admitted, you will still be allowed to enroll without those testing results or transcripts. We will need an official copy of the transcript and testing when schools do reopen.

21. I am an international student: I am worried that the US Consulate will not be open in time for a student visa. Can I still attend Cornerstone?

Without an approved F-1 visa, students, unfortunately, are not allowed to attend school in the United States. If you are unable to get your visa in time, we may need to defer your application to the spring semester and send you revised visa paperwork.

For more information, please contact the Director of Admissions and International Recruitment.

22. I have a question that isn't addressed here. Who do I contact?

All questions can be directed to your Admissions Counselor or sent to admissions@cornerstone.edu.

Prospective Students

1. Is it too late to apply?

Absolutely not! Cornerstone offers rolling admission which allows us to accept applications up to the start of classes in the fall. We would welcome the opportunity to receive your application to CU. You can apply for free.

2. Is it too late for me to transfer to Cornerstone from another Undergraduate College Program?

We will accept transfer students with enthusiasm all the way up to our drop/add period in September. The earlier you can fill out your application, the more information we can give you about your credits and classes. The link to our free application can be found here.

3. What if I apply but cannot obtain my high school transcript?

Most high schools are still able to send out transcripts to colleges. Please check with your high school guidance counselor to see how they would like to proceed. Cornerstone does accept unofficial transcripts, but we will require an official transcript with the date of graduation once your last semester is complete. If you are unable to receive your high school transcript, please contact your Admissions Counselor and we can talk about options.

4. What if I haven't taken the ACT/SAT/CLT? Can I still be accepted to Cornerstone?

We understand your plans to take a college entrance exam have likely been altered. That's why we have taken measures to make accommodations for students who are unable to take the ACT/SAT/CLT. Please contact us at admissions@cornerstone.edu to talk about an accommodation specific to you.

5. I am an international student: My school is not open and I cannot obtain an official transcript or final testing from my country. Can I still apply to Cornerstone?

Yes, we would welcome the opportunity to receive your application! However, without that paperwork, we may have to defer your application to the spring 2021 semester, due to the timeline of needing visas.

6. I'm interested in being recruited for a specific sport. Are coaches still accepting recruits?

Our coaches would love to learn more about you! Please complete a Recruit Me form and also let your Admissions Counselor know you are interested in being recruited.

7. If my high school classes have changed from grade-based to credit-based, will that affect my chances of being admitted or my academic scholarship opportunities? 

Having a credit-based high school class in place of a grade-based class will not negatively impact your chances of being accepted to CU. It will also not have any impact on your offered academic scholarship.

8. I have a question that isn't addressed here. Who do I contact?

All questions can be directed to your Admissions Counselor or sent to admissions@cornerstone.edu.

Campus Visits

1. Is Cornerstone offering on-campus visits?

Cornerstone is currently closed to guests. However, our team has worked quickly to coordinate virtual events for students and family members. Additionally, Admissions Counselors are available for special appointments via Google Hangout, Zoom, Facetime or traditional phone. Please check out all of your virtual options on our visit page.

2. When will on-campus visits be offered in the future?

We are following the guidance of the State of Michigan as to when we can safely offer on-campus visits again. Continue checking back for updates!

3. Are group visits being offered currently?

All on-campus events are currently closed, including group visits. If you would like to hold a virtual group visit with an Admissions Counselor and other Cornerstone staff, please email visitCU@cornerstone.edu.

4. Are you offering virtual visits?

Yes! We desire to offer an innovative way for prospective students and family members to learn more about Cornerstone so your college decision process continues moving forward. We are offering several different options to accommodate your needs.

5. How can I connect with a faculty member, coach, financial aid advisor or Admissions Counselor?

We look forward to helping you make connections to Cornerstone staff and faculty! Email us at visitCU@cornerstone.edu or complete the Schedule an Appointment form.

6. Am I able to stay overnight on campus?

Overnight visits are offered in conjunction with our Golden Eagle Days. Golden Eagle Days have concluded for the spring and summer. We hope to start our Golden Eagle Days again in September. In fact, registration for Golden Eagle Days is already open!

7. Do you offer a virtual campus tour?

Our interactive campus map is a great resource for you and will provide an overview of many buildings and residence halls on campus. This interactive campus map is currently getting an upgrade, so be sure to keep checking back for updates!

Additionally, we have compiled helpful videos for you to check out while you're at home. Grab some popcorn and watch videos about topics you're interested in learning more about!

Financial Aid

1. Is Student Financial Services currently open?

Yes, our Student Financial Services team is working remotely but available for questions and virtual appointments. Please email financial.aid@cornerstone.edu to schedule a phone or video call.

2. How will my financial aid be affected for the 2020-21 Academic Year?

At this time, no changes will be made to financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year as a result of COVID-19.

3. Our family's financial situation has changed drastically these past few weeks. Is there anything that Cornerstone can do to help us? Can our financial aid package be re-evaluated?

Please contact your Admissions Counselor to begin conversations and to be put in contact with a Student Financial Services staff member.

4. Can I still submit the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is still available for submission. While the March 1 deadline has passed for Michigan residents to receive specific Michigan grants, it is not too late to receive federal or Cornerstone need-based grants or federal loans. For FAFSA tips and to begin the process, visit our financial aid page!

5. I was planning on retaking my ACT/SAT to improve my merit (academic) scholarship. Is that still possible?

Cornerstone will accept ACT or SAT scores from the June testing dates and will reevaluate your merit aid in the event that your score increased. If you are unable to take either of the exams in June, contact your Admissions Counselor to talk about additional options.

6. Will I be considered for merit (academic) scholarships if I am unable to take the ACT/SAT?

We understand COVID-19 has negatively impacted many plans. We are ready to work with you to determine alternative options, so please contact your Admissions Counselor for more details.

7. I received a check for an outside scholarship. What should I do?

Please send an email to financial.aid@cornerstone.edu with the check amount and name/organization funding the scholarship. We do not need the check until later this summer.

8. If I need to respond to Student Financial Services with information to complete FAFSA verification, how do I do that?

At this time, it is still best to mail or fax your information to Cornerstone University/Student Financial Services, 1001 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Since Student Financial Services has been deemed as an essential office, we do have limited staff working and processing mail.

9. If my grades drop due as a result of the COVID-19 measures and changing learning environments, will it impact my academic scholarship?

At Cornerstone, we honor the merit (academic) scholarship you were awarded upon acceptance to the university. Your scholarship will not decrease.

Campus Response to COVID-19

For details regarding how Cornerstone is addressing the COVID19 situation as it relates to current students, faculty and staff, review the Coronavirus Information page.