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Undergraduate On-Campus International Students

Cornerstone University students represent more than 30 countries. Our students have a drive and passion to serve the global church and deeply value the perspective each international student brings. No matter where you are from, we are all part of God’s kingdom.

As an international student, your path toward enrollment includes additional steps like English language proficiency requirements, financial support statements and other student visa application documents that we can help you navigate.

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01

Apply Online | Deadline: April 1

Submit your Cornerstone application or Common App by April 1.

We do not require a recommendation letter for admission consideration.

Please keep in mind that it can take several months to complete the entire admissions process. We recommend applying as early as possible for the semester in which you intend to enroll so that you can stay on track with the required deadlines listed below.

If you miss the April 1 application deadline, your application will be deferred to the following academic year (fall semester start). Deferred applications will only be allowed one time.

We are not currently accepting international applications for the Spring 2023 semester.

02

Submit Transcript(s) for Evaluation |
Deadline: May 1

After your application is submitted, begin working on submitting your educational record(s) immediately. Please plan accordingly, as some evaluators take several weeks to process your records.

Outside of the U.S.

If you are attending or have attended a high school and/or university outside of the U.S., your transcript(s) must be officially evaluated by one of Cornerstone’s approved evaluators:

Be sure to request a course-by-course evaluation.

These evaluators will then calculate a U.S. based GPA to be used for your admissions review. Organizations should send your evaluation directly to Cornerstone University one of two ways:

  • Email: immigration@cornerstone.edu
  • Sealed envelope by mail: Cornerstone University, Attn: Admissions Office, 1001 East Beltline Ave. NE., Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Evaluations will only be accepted if received directly from one of the approved evaluators.

You are responsible for any costs and fees associated with transcript evaluations and submissions.

Within the U.S.

Official university transcripts from a U.S. based high school and/or university must be sent to Cornerstone University by the institution you attended. These transcripts do not need to be evaluated by one of our approved evaluators.

You are responsible for any costs and fees associated with transcript evaluations and submissions.

03

Provide English Proficiency Test Scores | Deadline: May 1

TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores must be submitted to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language if you are from a country where English is not listed as an official language.

Results from the approved testing organizations are valid for two years. If your test results are older than two years, you must take the test again.

Test scores will not be accepted after May 1.

  • TOEFL: A 550 written or 80 internet-based minimum score required.
  • IELTS: A minimum score of 6.5 required.
  • Duolingo: A minimum score of 105 is required.

You are responsible for any costs and fees associated with test score submissions.

If you are a student currently attending high school in the U.S., your language test score may be waived if your high school guidance counselor submits a letter verifying your English proficiency. For more information talk with your admissions counselor.

04

Complete the Declaration of Finance form | Deadline: May 1

Once steps 1-3 have been completed, please fill out the Declaration of Finance form. The International Student Declaration of Finance form is evidence of your financial support through the date you expect to complete your degree program.

We strongly encourage submitting this form as quickly as possible after steps 1-3 have been completed. Declaration of Finance forms will not be accepted after May 1.

This form should not be submitted until you have received email confirmation that steps 1-3 have been received.

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Application Review

Following the submission of your application and all supporting documents in steps 1-4, your information will be reviewed.

You should allow at least four to six (4-6) weeks for an admission decision to be made once you have submitted all required documents and have followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.

Admissions decisions will be communicated via email, so be sure we have your most up-to-date contact information.

06

Pay Your Enrollment Deposit | Deadline: May 1

If you are admitted to Cornerstone, a $200 deposit is required after being accepted to the university. This ensures a spot for you in the upcoming semester and will reserve your housing and academic registration.

Please note that you need a valid passport to study in the U.S. We encourage you to contact immigration@cornerstone.edu to discuss the best way to send Cornerstone University a copy of the ID page of your passport or to begin the necessary paperwork to obtain or renew your passport.

Pay Your Deposit

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Immigration Process | Deadline: Aug. 1

A Designated School Official (DSO) will work with you to begin immigration paperwork after you have been admitted to Cornerstone (including clearing your financial review) and paid your $200 enrollment deposit.

To ensure a successful transition to college, Cornerstone University’s policy states that visa appointments must be completed by Aug 1.

Note: F-1 visas for new students can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the start date for a course of study. Therefore, it is recommended to schedule visa appointments after June 1. Contact the International Recruitment Specialist for more information or clarification.

Full instructions for obtaining your F-1 visa are available at Travel.State.Gov.

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Pay Your Enrollment Down Payment |
Deadline: Aug. 1

Once you have obtained your visa, an additional $2,800 is required to be paid to Cornerstone. This down payment will be applied toward your health insurance and first semester bill.

Pay Your Down Payment

At Cornerstone, I feel at home. The quality education and the community life here equip me to be the man that God wants me to be.

Silvio Rodriguez (’21)

Things to Know

Admission Requirements

Please send these supporting documents to the Admissions Office in addition to your application:

  • High school transcripts (minimum of three years and a minimum 2.5 GPA or higher).
  • University transcripts, if applicable.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Duolingo examination scores: International students who are not from an English-speaking country are required to demonstrate their proficiency in the English language by submitting their TOEFL scores. The test should be taken within one year of the application date.
  • TOEFL: A 550 written or 80 internet-based minimum score required.
  • IELTS: A minimum score of 6.5 required.
  • Duolingo: A minimum score of 105 is required.

Exchange Programs

Application to this special program, sponsored by Cornerstone and Handong Global University or CHE, is restricted to enrolled students of either institution. Interested students should contact the appropriate university representative for proper application instructions. This exchange program is a non-degree program and, in most cases, is limited to one term of enrollment at the host campus. If you would like additional details, contact the Admissions Office by email at admissions@cornerstone.edu.

College Athletics

If you plan to play collegiate athletics, you must also use the InCred evaluation service through the NAIA.

International student-athletes must complete the following steps:

  • Register with InCred.
  • Enter their PlayNAIA ECID# into the InCred registration.
  • Link their PlayNAIA and InCred accounts by clicking on the “Link your InCred Account” task via their PlayNAIA profile.

Additional Resources

View the external resources below to learn more about studying in the United States and financing your college education.

External Financial Aid Opportunities

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