Cornerstone University students and alumni build lives that matter. They are influencers in international non-profit organizations, leaders of local businesses and disciples who transform our world for Christ.
Numbers help us tell one part of our story. We're proud of where we rank. And the numbers show that we are recognized for the value we bring to Christian liberal arts education and are located in a top-rated city for both college students and job growth.
- No. 4 | Top Christian Colleges for Master's in Counseling Degrees (TopCounselingSchools.org, 2017)
- No. 7 | Best Online Colleges for Associate Degrees (SR Education Group, 2017)
- No. 7 | Top Online MBA Programs in Michigan (Online MBA Today, 2018)
- No. 12 | Top Performers on Social Mobility Among Midwest Colleges (U.S. News & World Report, 2020)
- No. 12 | Interdenominationally Affiliated Colleges (College Factual, 2017)*
- No. 13 | Best Accredited Online Psychology Degree Programs (Study.com, 2019)
- No. 21 | 25 Most Beautiful Colleges and Universities in the Midwest (Christian Universities Online, 2017)
- No. 22 | Best Value Schools Among Midwest Colleges (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)*
- No. 23 | Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the Midwest (Christian Universities Online, 2017)
- No. 26 | Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations (Christian Universities Online, 2017)
- No. 198 | Private Colleges that Offer Upperclassmen the Most Financial Aid (The Student Loan Report, 2017)
- Top 15% of the business administration and management programs in the Most Popular category (College Factual, 2017).*
College Factual's Most Popular Category is a subset of data literally based on how many students choose a certain major.
- Top 15% of teacher education and development, psychology and music programs in the Most Focused category (College Factual, 2017).*
- Recognized as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media (2017).
- Top 125 | Best Online Bachelor's Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
- Top 100 | Best Online Bachelor's Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
- Top 150 | Best Online MBA Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
*Please Note: Rankings are not geared toward institutions focused on serving the needs of post-traditional students.
- No. 1 in the 2016 Safest College Campuses in Michigan report (Grand Rapids Business Journal, 2016).
- No. 1 online school in Michigan (Edudemic, 2015).
- No. 5 for eligible students who successfully passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (Aug. 2015-July 2016).
- No. 6 | Best Online Colleges in Michigan (Best Value Schools, 2018).
- No. 8 | Top Affordable Online Colleges in Michigan (Affordable Colleges Online, 2019).
- No. 9 among best online colleges in Michigan (Online College Plan, 2017).
- No. 10 among the 10 Best Small Colleges in Michigan (Zippia, 2017).
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- 100% of traditional undergraduate students who complete at least one internship experience. Organizations include Samaritan's Purse, Partners Worldwide, Amway, Berkley Hills Church, Kellogg Company, Steelcase, Women At Risk, International and Alpha Women's Center.
- 100% of traditional undergraduate students who take a creativity and innovation class within their first two years. Students may also earn a minor in creativity and innovation.
- 94% of our 2018 traditional undergraduate graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
- 100% of faculty, staff and students who profess to be Christ-followers.
- 100% of classes that are taught from a Christian worldview perspective. Students consistently note that this approach contributes to their growth as Christians.
- 4 reflects the number of days chapel is offered each week for traditional undergraduate students.
- 60% of faculty with a meal plan. We're intentional about creating spaces for relationships to grow, encouraging faculty and students to share meals and build community together in the Dining Commons.
- 4.5 out of 5 is the average rating given to faculty on course evaluations. This exceeds the 4.2 average for the entire IDEA system.
- 10 national and international faculty-led trips are offered each year. These trips help deepen relationships between students and faculty.
- 100% of first-year students who participate in service learning projects in the Grand Rapids community. That equals more than 5,000 hours of service.
- $125,000.00 is the amount raised by students to prevent deaths from Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. That means students funding more than 21,000 bed nets for families in Zambia and neighboring countries since 2011. More than 35 schools and universities have also joined this student-led effort known as Night of Nets.
- Approximately 37% of each graduating class participates in off-campus learning trips. This includes Global Opportunities trips, short-term study trips and study abroad semesters. International and off-campus experiences are highly sought after by employers in the global marketplace because participants demonstrate cultural sensitivity, express deeper empathy and practice adaptability.