Cornerstone University was originally founded in 1941 as a Bible institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After two decades of growth and transformation, the school began formulating plans to expand its curriculum to include liberal arts programs in addition to religious education. In 1963, the state of Michigan approved the institute's request to become a Bible College, offering bachelor's degrees in Religious Education and Music. Soon after, the school added a seminary and became known as the Grand Rapids Baptist College and Seminary. In 1993, the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music joined the college, bolstering its already impressive academic programs. The school changed its name a year later to Cornerstone College and Grand Rapids Seminary before finally settling on the name Cornerstone University in 1999.
According to its mission statement, Cornerstone University exists "to empower men and women to excel as influencers in our world for Christ by offering a student-focused learning community where Jesus Christ is central." This mission includes the vision "to create a thriving community of fully devoted followers of Jesus in a spiritually contagious, academically excellent, richly resourced and culturally diverse learning environment that attracts outstanding students, faculty and staff…"
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at CU have access to the school's distinguished academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue popular majors like history, family studies, social work, communications studies, business administration, music and journalism among others.
Student living and university living at the school revolve around a variety of traditional campus student organizations and activities along with Christian-oriented community initiatives.
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