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Pathway Program

Pathway is designed to empower students by providing support systems both in and out of the classroom. Cornerstone does this by offering classes with low student-to-professor ratios, equipping students to earn their degree with assistance from the academic support structure of Pathway. Individual roadmaps for each Pathway student help guide them to the completion of their bachelor’s degree.

Program Overview

To support your personal growth as an influencer for Christ and to help you achieve your academic goals, our Pathway program:

  • Creates unique, well-crafted learning environments with low student-to-professor ratios.
  • Provides hands-on study lab support for your enrolled courses over two semesters.
  • Guides you in the design of an individual roadmap to graduation.


In addition to the core components of Pathway, you can expect opportunities to enjoy program benefits that are covered in your tuition.


Free Tutoring

Take advantage of free writing labs, one-on-one mentoring with Pathway’s program director and bi-weekly study lab sessions; this ensures you get additional opportunities to discuss your assignments, upcoming exams and projects. You are also eligible to receive free tutoring for every class you are enrolled in.


Graduate On Time

Graduate with your bachelor’s degree in the typical four-year timeframe, completing a major of your choice.

Connect with your admissions counselor to confirm if your major works with the Pathway program. Pathway participants will not be able to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Cornerstone University.


Study Labs

Pathway study labs allow you to receive assistance with all of your enrolled classes. These labs include help on assignments, individual time with professors to dig deeper into difficult course material and additional tutoring from the Pathway director.

How to Apply

Admission to the Pathway program is limited. Spots are available each year on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your place in Pathway, complete these four steps.

Step 1: Apply

When you apply for admittance into Cornerstone, factors such as GPA are required to ensure you are enrolled under parameters that promote and foster academic success. If your GPA and test scores (if applicable) do not meet our academic requirements, the Admissions Office will assess if Pathway is the best route for entering Cornerstone. If your scores increase, the assistant director of academic success will review the terms of your acceptance and notify you if your participation in Pathway will continue.

Students are admitted to Cornerstone and the Pathway program on a rolling basis.

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Step 2: Request Transcripts

Send your high school transcripts and test scores to Cornerstone’s Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Step 3: Receive Admission Decision

Upon your acceptance to Cornerstone, you will be notified if you are eligible to participate in Pathway.

Step 4: Deposit

If you are invited to apply for Pathway, you may confirm your enrollment by:

  • Submitting your $200 enrollment deposit.
  • Completing the Pathway acknowledgement form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will my first semester look like?

Pathway students will be enrolled in 12-16 credits during their fall semester. Classes and times will be pre-determined by the director of academic success in conjunction with university academic advising.

Would I continue in the Pathway program even if I do well my first semester?

Yes. Pathway program participation is required your freshman year if you are admitted to the university through provisional acceptance.

Can I live on campus as a Pathway student?

Yes! In fact, it is strongly encouraged that first-year students live in the residence halls.

Can I participate in other extracurricular activities?

Pathway students may participate in other campus activities but may be subject to some restrictions as determined by the director of academic success in the interest of prioritizing academic success for the student.

Will I qualify for financial aid?

As part of your acceptance, you may qualify for federal assistance. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by March 1 in order to qualify for as much Cornerstone, state and federal aid as possible. (Cornerstone FAFSA Code: 002266)

Is there an extra charge for participating in Pathway?

No, all services provided in Pathway are free to participating students.

After I complete the Pathway program, will I still receive academic assistance?

After completing Pathway, students will still have access to the Center for Academic Success, which includes free tutoring in all courses, academic success coaching and access to the Writing Center.

When should I submit my enrollment deposit?

Given that there are limited spots available, students are encouraged to submit their enrollment deposit as early as possible. Deposits are refundable until May 1.

What if I have college credits from dual enrollment or AP classes?

Cornerstone will accept any transfer credit from an accredited college, 100 level or higher and a C- grade or better.

Mario Adkins

Director of Academic Success

Verna Miller Center
for Student Success

1001 East Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525


MON - FRI: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT & SUN: Closed

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