Welcome to the CU community.

There are endless opportunities ahead of you, and we are eager for you to begin discovering them! Now that you have been accepted to Cornerstone University, there are a few more items to complete.

New International Student Checklist

You are well on your way to becoming a Cornerstone student, and we will be here to guide you through the admissions process right up to your campus arrival day. We truly believe that CU could be your home away from home.

Review the checklist of items below to see what you may still need to complete as an accepted or deposited student.

1. Declaration of Finances

Complete the Declaration of Finances form and start applying for scholarships.

2. Submit Your Deposit

Secure housing and class registration by submitting a $200 deposit. Once your visa is obtained, you will need to submit an additional $2,800 as the second part of your deposit; this amount applies toward your first-semester bill and health insurance.

Payments may be received through Flywire, wire transfer, credit card or by contacting Student Financial Services directly at 616.222.1424.

3. Certificate of Eligibility

Once your $200 deposit has been received, the Admissions Office will contact you regarding the next steps for mailing your I-20.

4. Pay the $350 SEVIS fee

You can pay the SEVIS fee online here.

5. Schedule and Prepare for Your Visa Interview

If you have not already, it is crucial that you obtain your F-1 student visa so that you can study in the United States. Part of the visa process includes scheduling an interview at your nearest embassy. Information about the visa process and interviews will be sent to you in your I-20 packet from the Cornerstone Admissions Office.

To prepare for your interview, it's important that you are able to answer questions regarding why you chose Cornerstone, your major and familiarity with Grand Rapids, Mich. We recommend that you reach out to an EducationUSA advisor who works for the consulate to ask for additional advice.

Bring the following to the consulate for your interview:

  • Letter of sponsorship.
  • Affidavit of support signed by the individual(s) paying the cost of the study.
  • A bank certification indicating the balance of the account, or the three (3) most recent bank statements (if possible to obtain).
  • Your I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility).
  • A valid passport.
  • Evidence of ties to your own country.
  • Your visa processing fee and I - 901 SEVIS receipts.
  • School documentations including your Cornerstone letter of admission, tuition information, test scores and transcripts from all the schools you have attended in your own country.

6. Register for classes

Upon receiving your student visa, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office to inform us. At that time we will register you for the fall semester classes (the registration period begins in mid-March).

7. Attend Orientation and Arrival Day

Travel arrangements, event details and the sign-up form is all available on the Missionary Kid & International Student Orientation & Arrival Day page.

Welcome Week and Terra Firma

As a new student, you are required to attend the Welcome Week Kickoff and the first day of Terra Firma, which are both held on Friday, Aug. 30. Student-athletes participating in fall sports may have an earlier arrival day. All athletes are still required to participate in the Arrival Day activities in the afternoon on Aug. 30.

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