Cornerstone University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Cornerstone University was founded in 1941 by Dr. William Spoelhof and a group of Christian businessmen. The mission of the university was to train leaders for the church, the home, and society. The university began as a two-year liberal arts college and gradually grew to include four-year programs in business, nursing, education, music, and other areas.

In the 1950s, Cornerstone became known for its strong emphasis on spiritual formation. This included weekly chapel services and daily devotions with faculty members leading Bible studies and prayer meetings throughout the week. In addition to spiritual formation, Cornerstone also focused on academic excellence by providing challenging courses taught by faculty who were experts in their fields. As Cornerstone’s reputation grew among Christian colleges, enrollment steadily increased over time.

In 1972 Cornerstone added its first graduate program in education and eventually expanded to include master’s degrees in nursing and business administration as well as doctorates in leadership studies and pastoral ministry. To accommodate the growing student body, new buildings were constructed on campus including student housing facilities, an auditorium/chapel complex known as The Chapel of Christ’s Presence (which seats 2200 people), a library building with state-of-the-art technology for research needs, and athletic facilities for sports such as basketball and soccer.

Today Cornerstone University continues to provide students with an excellent education that is rooted in Christian values while offering rigorous academics that prepare them for successful careers after graduation. With low student/faculty ratios students receive individualized attention from professors who are passionate about their subjects while also emphasizing spiritual growth through chapel services, small group Bible studies, retreats and mission trips around the world.

Cornerstone University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Cornerstone University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Cornerstone University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Cornerstone University is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1941, the university has an enrollment of 3,000 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The most popular majors at Cornerstone are business administration and management, psychology, and education. Over 90% of Cornerstone’s students come from the Midwest region. The average incoming freshman has a 3.3 GPA and an SAT score of 1050. In terms of admissions requirements, Cornerstone requires all applicants to submit official high school transcripts and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). In addition to these requirements, Cornerstone also considers extracurricular activities and personal essays when making admissions decisions. The acceptance rate for Cornerstone is approximately 60%, making it a moderately selective school. In recent years the university has seen an increase in applications due to its reputation for providing quality education at an affordable price.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 69%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 69%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 1,643
Female applicants 1,091
Male applicants 552
Applicants accepted 1,128
Female applicants accepted 748
Male applicants accepted 380
Freshman enrollment 361
Female freshman enrollment 231
Male freshman enrollment 130
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 100%
Average high school GPA 3.5
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 12%
SAT Critical Reading average score N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 480-610
SAT Math average score N/A
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 475-620
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 465-580
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 91%
Average ACT Composite score 23
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 20-26
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 20-26
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 18-25