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Reviews 441 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: If you're a city person, then you'll love it. Personally I prefer to lots of grass and not a lot of people but there is an aspect of community that's rare for most big cities.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The student body is a great group of people. Of course, there are going to be some idiots just like every school, but most people are pretty willing to help you and because it's so expensive you don't get many people who screw around and cause problems because they have scholarships to uphold.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's an open campus so it's a little unnerving to think that any stranger off the street can wander into your class, but the dorm buildings require student ID cards to access. The worst thing I've ever heard of happening on campus was having your bike stolen or your car windows written on, but honestly it's a pretty safe campus.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Putting aside the fact that you're going to have student loans the rest of your life, Cornerstone is a pretty good school. It's nice to be held semi-accountable for your faith and have some people willing to push you to grow closer to God. But if you're not going into the ministry it probably isn't worth your money. Credits won't transfer so it's easier and cheaper to just go to a public university/community college. I've met some wonderful people and I wouldn't trade that for the world. I know this is where God's called me to go so I just have to be patient and trust that He'll work out the finances.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you can afford it, living on campus is a fun experience. You meet new friends and participate in a lot of cool activities. But even if you can't afford it, you have to live on campus, and the probability of getting the room or even the dorm you want is slim because of the jacked-up lottery system.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not an athlete but it's fun to go to the games! There's some healthy, fun rivalries with the other schools in our division and you can always find someone to hit up the squash courts or play beach volleyball with you.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are no sororities or fraternities at Cornerstone. The closest thing is Kappa Theta Gama (the drama department) and Mu Kappa (the organization for missionaries kids).

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's a Christian college so they're very intolerant of questionable behaviors. You're required to sign a contract saying you won't drink while enrolled (even if you're of age), or do any sort of drugs (including tobacco). There are strict policies regarding dorm visitation, each dorm has "open hours" when people of the opposite gender can come over, but with the door open, lights on, and everyone vertical. It's not bad and if you have a problem with it then don't sign the contract.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The best way to get financial aid is to physically go in to the office and talk to someone. Otherwise you'll probably get passed up on at least one or two options that could save you thousands. If you jump through the right hoops you can get some pretty good aid but you're still going to be paying off student loans for the rest of your life.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's not that there aren't places to live off campus because there are. It's that the university does everything it can to force you to stay on campus because that's where they get most of their money. It's cheaper to live off campus but you're only approved if you're living with your parents/legal guardians, or over 21. That means, if your parents aren't living in Grand Rapids, basically you can't live off campus until your senior year.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Since Cornerstone is in Grand Rapids, there are a lot of different options for eating out, however as a college student you probably can't afford most of them.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no greek life on our campus which I like!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think that our school's strictness is appropriate for the type of school.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: We live close to downtown grand rapids which provides a lot of things to do (art prize, swing dancing) , and we are also near Knapp corner (movie theater, restaurants, Meijer)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love the dorm life! there is always something going on in certain dorms and other dorms are more studious so everyone can pick where they feel comfortable. Unfortunately housing has become a problem due to increase enrolling and lack of space.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options in grand rapids for apartments and houses to rent, but most people live on campus in dorms or in the school apartments for convenience.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our basketball, soccer and baseball teams are all very good. Students really get involved and support the teams. Too bad we don't have a football team.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I never have seen or heard of anyone using drugs or drinking on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The class environment is wonderful and the professors are very caring towards each individual. The curriculum is up to date and is at the proper level of difficulty.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have my own transportation, and gas is pretty expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I have grown up in this area so I am used to the weather. This winter was very long and dreary, and it greatly impacted my mood.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our school has a wide range of students from different states, countries and cultures and is very accepting to everyone.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus safety here is really just looking out for our best interests and when we came here as freshman we signed a contract that we would not drink or do drugs while we are in school. Once summer comes around you are off contract and can do what you want but until summer and Christmas roll around you are not supposed to do those things. Granted people do anyways, but if you get caught that is your own fault. The campus security guys are really doing what they are supposed to do and I can't hold that against even if they give me a parking ticket even though I didn't know I wasn't supposed to park in a certain area.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Being so close to Downtown Grand Rapids, we have so many different options around here from fast food to nice dining restaurants. Also a lot of the places that are around our school are willing to give student discounts which is so unbelievably nice of them! It makes it so convenient because you can get a good size meal for like $5.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: There is an airport not too far from our campus that student's can use who live out of state. Or there is the bus that has a stop literally right down the street from our campus. Most people rely on their cars though or people who have cars to take them places that aren't on our campus due to the fact that our campus is not very big to begin with.

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