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Cornerstone Continues to Advance Growth Plans

News June 7, 2024

In February, Cornerstone University announced its first uptick in student enrollment in more than a decade. Simultaneously, the university has been engaged in a comprehensive, multi-year data analysis of student career aspirations, workforce demands and the commitment to Christian mission.

This week, the Cornerstone University Board of Trustees announced unanimous support for the institution to invest in and grow existing high-demand programs like business, finance, nursing, education, engineering, exercise science, and clinical counseling. Cornerstone will also offer new online programs in data analytics, counseling for ministry and Biblical studies. Additionally, the university’s existing MBA program will now offer concentrations in specialty fields in human resource management, sport management and strategic marketing.

“We believe that Cornerstone University’s singular approach integrates a sophisticated and compelling Christian worldview with a comprehensive, market-aligned education designed to equip the workforce of the future,” said Cornerstone President Gerson Moreno-Riaño.

While Cornerstone pursues sustainable growth, its directional growth gains — the first since 2012 — are an important milestone. It underscores the increasing demand for Cornerstone’s programs and the distinct value offered by its Christian worldview amidst a volatile higher education market. In addition, the value and affordability of a college degree are crucial as globalization and AI-driven technology radically transform the nation’s workforce.

“There is an urgent need to prepare students for a rapidly evolving workforce transformation in Michigan and the nation,” added Moreno-Riaño. “Now more than ever, colleges must offer value and fiscal sustainability. We are excited that Cornerstone University is helping to address these challenges in West Michigan.”

Last month, the university celebrated its 82nd Commencement ceremony, honoring more than 370 graduates, including its first-ever class of nursing students.

As noted by Cornerstone’s Board of Trustees in a recent communication to the campus community, “Our board remains committed to ensuring that Cornerstone maintains itself as a Christ-honoring university characterized by a sophisticated Christian worldview. This is essential so that our students can continue to be educated with Christ-centered academic excellence that is both innovative and market compelling.”

About Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is an accredited Christian university with a passion for global influence through the transforming power of the gospel. As an interdenominational institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cornerstone offers 75 plus undergraduate and graduate traditional and online degree programs offered on campus and online, including Cornerstone Theological Seminary and Asia Biblical Theological Seminary. Learn more at

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