Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Grand Rapids
Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

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Welch Heritage Institute for Lifelong Learning

At the Welch Heritage Institute for Lifelong Learning, we are dedicated to educating our community no matter what stage of life they’re in. The courses we offer at WHILL are designed to expand your knowledge in topics like science, religion and history—all while cultivating your heart and mind to lead with integrity, no matter what your age. Return to the classroom today and discover how you can be a lifelong learner!

Membership Benefits

As a member of WHILL, you’ll have access not only to quality education on campus or online, but you’ll also have access to resources at Cornerstone’s Miller Library and a campus parking pass.

Membership Benefits

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Wilbert Welch, who led the university from 1959 to 1983 and served as interim president in 1991, the Welch Heritage Institute for Lifelong Learning (WHILL) and Welch Heritage Circle are named in his honor. While WHILL is dedicated to educating others at every stage of life to lead with wisdom and discernment, the Welch Heritage Circle is a beloved group of people in our Cornerstone community who have made Cornerstone part of their will or trust. Contact the Advancement Office by calling 616.977.5439 or email us to learn more about becoming a part of the Welch Heritage Circle.

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Courses

WHILL courses are taught by the same professors and faculty who teach every day at Cornerstone University. They desire to bring you the same quality education they bring their undergraduate students. During classes, you’ll learn about diverse topics like stream ecology, British law and Irish poetry. Wherever your interests lie, we have courses to suit your needs.

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Access to Cornerstone's Miller Library

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Parking Pass

Course List

Our CU faculty are experts in their field, and they’ll help you answer deep questions about literature, politics, history and more. These courses let you experience Cornerstone not only as a cherished member of our community but also as a student. The best part is—there are no homework assignments! There’s no need to purchase books ahead of time; simply come eager and ready to learn.

Unless otherwise noted, the registration cost is $30 per WHILL course, and classes require advance registration. All registration costs beyond the expenses required to deliver the course support the CU Student Fund. Due to COVID-19, the annual WHILL membership fee ($25) is waived for all participants during 2020.

Health Care for All? Affordability for None? | Sept. 11, 18 & 25

Session 1 | Health Insurance in the U.S.
Participants will discover the political causes of health insurance and why the U.S. health system lacks clarity in pricing. This outcome stems from the politically-motivated Flexner Report, which was formulated in 1910! This document fundamentally altered how health care services are provided in the United States. The course will explore how the recommendations of this report deliberately lead to fewer female, minority and specialist physicians that still impact our choices today.

Session 2 | Hospitalization in the U.S.
Would you be surprised to learn that 35 state governments deliberately limit the number of hospital beds and nursing home facilities in the U.S.? This is the role that is played by “Certificate of Need” boards and they knowingly create supply shortages for many of the most vulnerable citizens in the country. We will explore how politicians convinced the public that greater supply would actually increase prices and why this myth continues to plague our system today.

Session 3 | Pharmaceuticals in the U.S.
If you struggle to afford medication in the United States, you certainly aren’t alone. This final session will explore the roots of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and how this agency interacts with major drug manufacturers to this very day. The problems of moral hazard and state capture are powerfully illustrated by the interaction between these groups and, sadly, consumers in the U.S. are often left with fewer choices and more costly, more dangerous drugs.

Class Information

  • Location: Logos Center, Cornerstone University
  • Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $30

Michigan Turtles | Sept. 12

Participants will learn about the natural histories of these 10 species through a variety of hands-on activities. The majority of the class will be spent inside learning about their basic lifestyles, habitat needs and unique adaptations. Live turtles will be available for the participants to observe up close. Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking.

Class Information

  • Location: De Witt 102, Cornerstone University
  • Time: 9 a.m. – noon
  • Cost: $35

Bog Adventure | Sept. 19

If you have never been on a bog walk, you have not lived. A bog is the most interesting wetland in Michigan. You will encounter several species of carnivorous pitcher plants, bounce on the floating mat, learn how to identify Poison Sumac and discuss hydrophilic soils that are only found in the bog. Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking.

Class Information

  • Classroom: De Witt 102, Cornerstone University
  • Time: 1-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $35

The History of Cornerstone University | Oct. 9, 16 & 23

Session 1 | Liberalism and Fundamentalism: The Beginnings of a Movement and the Early 20th Century

Session 2 | The Early Days of CU: An Educational Response of Conservative Christianity GRBBI, GRBBC and GRBC (1941-91)

Session 3 | CU Coming of Age: Cornerstone College, GRBS, GRSBM and Cornerstone University

Class Information

  • Location: Logo Center, Cornerstone University
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $30

Michigan Trees (The Evergreens) | Oct. 10

Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking.

Class Information

  • Location: De Witt 102, Cornerstone University
  • Time: 2-6 p.m.
  • Cost: $35

Sleeping Bear Dunes | Oct. 15

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the best place in Michigan to study sand dune ecology. Participants will also be led on one of the best hikes in Michigan​. Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking.

Class Information

  • Location: De Witt 102, Cornerstone University
  • Time: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $55

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Hours

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

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.