Cornerstone University News

CU Welcomes Record Number of New Students

More than 400 new students arrived on the Cornerstone campus Aug. 29 to begin their first year at CU, setting a record as the largest incoming class.

Of those, about 340 are freshman and 70 are new transfer students.

Almost 500 more students will move in on Sunday and Monday, increasing the number of resident students from 50 percent in 2008 to a record-breaking residency rate of 70 percent this year. Including commuters, the total enrollment for the fall is expected to break a record at 1,340.

“There has been a significant increase in resident growth,” said Gerald Longjohn, vice president of student development, who oversees the resident halls. “It’s been a challenge all year.”

With nearly 900 residents on campus, there are a handful of “super-suites” that will house five students.

But not for long.

The cement has already been poured for the foundation of the new three-story residence hall expected to be ready for students to move into next fall.

“We believe the best holistic college experience is living on campus,” said Dr. Joe Stowell, president of Cornerstone. “It’s been our goal to increase the number of students living on campus. We’ve been praying and working on increasing that rate.”

Accompanied by parents and siblings, the new students lined up as early as 7 a.m. for the beginning of registration at 9 a.m. They spent a full day moving into dorms, meeting roommates, picking up their Apple MacBook, a CU backpack, ID cards, and laundry cards.

In between they were able to take a break with complimentary sno-cones, cotton candy, Ferris Coffee & Nut snack mix, Marco’s pizza, Qdoba chips and Jimmy John’s sandwiches.

After saying goodbye to their families, the new students began a five-day introduction to Terra Firma, a first year class that includes volunteering at a nonprofit throughout the year.

New students are assigned a small group of 10-15 people led by a staff or faculty member that disciples them throughout the one-credit class.

Until all classes begin on Sept. 5, new students will get to know their classmates through fun activities such as attending a Whitecaps game together, going to the beach, competing in Terra Firma Olympics, attending a soccer game and attending chapel services together.

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