Grand Rapids is recognized among the best mid-size cities to work, live and visit. Its Midwestern hospitality, vibrant arts community and close proximity to Lake Michigan make GR an ideal place to call home as a traditional college, adult or seminary student.
More than its growing economy, the Grand Rapids community values cultural and economic diversity. Cornerstone University students living in GR can discern their callings, join professional networks and gain hours of career experience at one of more than 2,000 nonprofits, 700 churches or 80 international organizations based in the city.
History of Grand Rapids
Residents of Grand Rapids have offered notable contributions to the industries such as health care, consumer goods, information technology and aviation. The area was once home to flourishing Native American communities, including the Hopewell and Ottawa tribes. The first Europeans to arrive were fur traders, and the local resources eventually attracted lumberers and furniture builders.
Grand Rapids remains recognized as the home of the world's top five furniture manufacturing companies and the restored Meyer May house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. As the hometown of the 38th President of the United States, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum honors his leadership.
Plan Your Trip
From lodging discounts for CU guests to lists that feature some of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat, these resources can help you plan a memorable stay in GR.
- Experience Grand Rapids
- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (located across the street from CU!)
- Downtown Grand Rapids
- ArtPrize (international art competition)
- Downtown Market