About CU Online

About CU Online

CU Online is a university-wide initiative providing coordination and support of the three educational divisions of Cornerstone University in the area of online education. Its primary goal is to increase the number of high-quality online undergraduate degrees available to individuals (in the United States and globally) who find it difficult or impossible to attend class in a physical location.

CU Online does not admit and register students, nor does it develop and deliver online courses; rather it facilitates these activities related to online learning by providing leadership, direction and support to the entire university community. Students are actually admitted and register with each specific division within the university depending on the program desired.

The Value of a Cornerstone Education

Cornerstone University offers accredited online undergraduate degrees and adult college education taught from a distinctively Christian worldview. Offering you the convenience of studying from anywhere at any time, Cornerstone remains committed to training you to apply biblical principles in this rapidly changing world.

Through CU Online, you will gain the tools, experiences and relationships to enable you to become a leader of character and challenge the integration of faith with all aspects of your professional and personal life.


Cornerstone University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
(800) 621-7440

As an institution accredited by the HLC, it is our aim to measure student learning in relationship to the curricular and co-curricular goals of the university, for the purpose of providing a quality educational experience for each student through continual enhancement of programs and services.

Contact Us

Looking for more information regarding our online adult college education programs? Complete the information request form below or contact us at online@cornerstone.edu or (800)947-2382. If you are in the area, drop by to see us at:

1001 E. Beltline Ave.  NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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Learning Online

How does online learning work?

Different Than a Traditional Classroom

You may have already experienced learning in a traditional classroom environment. In traditional educational settings, students go to the school campus to locate a classroom where most of their learning occurs. In an online environment, students gather in a virtual classroom. Their learning environment is found on any computer that is connected to the Internet. This is one of many aspects of online education that students find attractive. The idea of not commuting to campus and sitting in a classroom is very appealing, particularly to those who are not full-time students, have a family, are employed full-time or have other responsibilities that require more time away from home.

Easy Access

Online learning takes place in the context of a web-based Learning Management System (LMS). The benefit of using an LMS is that all necessary elements for the course such as: viewing course materials, communicating with your professor and fellow-classmates, quizzing and grading are integrated into one location. Cornerstone University’s LMS is easy to use and does not require any advanced computer knowledge; only certain basic computer skills are necessary to succeed as an online student.

Relevant Learning Environment

An online student already has their own unique environment, such as work, family, or local church interaction. Each of these environments contribute to a relevant, practical and individualized online-learning experience. It builds upon the social and circumstantial, daily activity in which the student participates. It is especially important for adult learners to bring learning home, specifically offline. In many ways these all provide a richer learning environment than that of the traditional face-to-face classroom.

Technical Requirements

Minimum Hardware Specifications

The computer hardware and the Internet connection for accessing course work are the primary means of participating in an online class and thus are significant contributors to academic success at Cornerstone University.  It is essential that students have ready access to a computer with Internet access that meets the following minimum specifications:

  • 2.33 GHz or faster x-86 –compatible processor
  • 256 Mb of RAM (1Gb of RAM is recommended)
  • 128Mb of graphics memory
  • Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit) or Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Internet Explorer 7 and above OR Mozilla Firefox 4.0 and above
  • Microsoft Office or similar
  • Adobe Reader X
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 and above

NOTE:  It is not essential that students know the meaning of these specifications. However they should refer to the computer manual and documentation to verify that capacity and speed meets these specifications.

* Cornerstone University is a Windows PC-based school, therefore we are not able to actively support MacIntosh or Linux-based computers.

Assignments must be completed in Microsoft Office 2003/07/10 compatible file formats. If you are able to save and open Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files (doc/x, xls/x, ppt/x) you should be able to participate in coursework.

Mobile Learning

Take your learning on the road. Thanks to mobile technology and online education programs, whatever location you find yourself in can be transformed into a classroom. By providing textbooks and other learning resources electronically, in formats that are accessible on mobile devices, Cornerstone University is making mobile learning a real possibility for students. Refer to the resources on this webpage to discover how you can get started using mobile technologies for learning.

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