Frequently Asked Questions
What is the goal and the objective of CCU’s Programs?
The foundation of all of our programs at Cornerstone Christian University is to nurture an increased awareness of the pre-eminence of the spiritual dimensions of human life through an appreciation of our Christian belief, as well as through an understanding of Biblical truth and religious values as they apply to daily life. These include such areas as:
1. Written Communication: CCU seeks to introduce principles of effective written communication and guide students toward defining the writing situation and making sound rhetorical choices for presenting their ideas or arguments.
2. Christian Faith and Service: CCU seeks to expose students to the Judeo-Christian worldview and to the diversity of religious thoughts and perspectives in the world and help students clarify the role of faith in their life.
3. Physical and Social Well-Being: CCU seeks to foster lifelong habits for healthy living by promoting personal improvement of the mind, body, and spirit through the study and practice of physical and aesthetic principles in relation to biblical principles.
4. Human and Social Behavior: CCU seeks to encourage a broad understanding of humankind in order to appreciate the unique nature of the individual, the common patterns found among humanity, and the influence of external social forces on human behavior.
5. World Perspective: CCU seeks to enhance an understanding of the contemporary world through a study of its historical, literary, artistic, and philosophical foundations.
What is Accreditation?
People are very uneducated about Accreditation and they believe only regional accreditation is of value. Accreditation is a voluntary process by which primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and professional schools submit themselves to a comprehensive review process by an outside agency to ensure quality and institutional integrity. Accreditation is divided into three main category and focus on either region of the United States (6 of them), national, which accredits certain school, and private. The US Department of Education does force individual school to be accredited but they approved accrediting agencies to accredit schools. However, accredit schools click together to say if your school is not part of our political click, you’re not accredited. In most cases, “non accredited schools” have better curriculum then some accredited schools. Having said this, school should be judged based on their curriculum but not what an agency think.
While there are a few quality Christian colleges and seminaries that don’t seek regional accreditation for theological reasons, it remains the standard of quality within the United States.
Please note that this approach to accreditation is uniquely American as most universities outside of the United States operate under a government charter or approval. Nonetheless, accreditation is of no primary importance to higher religious education institutions training Christians for the ministry of Christ.
I want to study for religious and my ministry, is it really necessary to worry about regional accreditation?
It’s all depends! If you are pursuing a college degree through a Christian school for the purpose of seeking employment in secular world, then my advice to you is to seek elsewhere for a government regulated regional accredited school. On the other hand, if you are seeking a degree from a Christian school for the purpose of perfecting your ministry, your church body, or Christian schools, then accreditation is of no value to you. You do not need a regionally accredited degree to be an effective leader in fulfilling the great commission. If you were to ask such a thing in order to be a pastor, a teacher, or a leader in a Christian environment, I would run fast if I were you. If God is the one who called you, then he simply ask you to study to show thyself approved unto Him and… a worker who can rightly dividing the word of the truth, and to be always ready to give an account for the hope you profess.
Is cornerstone accredited?
Accreditation is strictly a voluntary decision and is basically an organized way of determining the acceptance of credits or degrees from any particular institution. Since academic recognition is a continual process, the administration, faculty and staff of CCU has made a commitment to provide the highest quality standards of education without compromise, to the Biblical and theological philosophies of Christianity.
Conversely speaking, accreditation is of no primary importance to higher religious education institutions training Christians for the ministry of Christ. For your peace of mind knowing that other organization is overseeing what we do, Cornerstone has sought to be privately accredited through the National TransRegional Accrediting Association Council (NTAAC)—a private accreditation body that grants accreditation to Private and independent Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries. This council is not affiliated with any government agency. NTAAC is currently seeking approval by the US Department of Education. Visit them at www.ntaac.org
CCU makes no guarantee of the acceptance of CCU credits to other institutions except those accredited through Accreditation Agencies and or Florida Counsel for Private Colleges and Seminaries. Transfer of credits from CCU to other institutions of learning are solely up to the discretion and desire of the institution where the student is applying. Students are encouraged to inquire how the educational institution into which they plan to transfer concerning the transferability of credits received through any another institution in advance of enrollment.
Cornerstone is a member of the Counsel of Private Colleges of America, Inc., (CPCA) which represents its member’s independent colleges and universities before any government agency. The CPCA is an educational association that provides experienced educational quality peer review of the following: faculty, academic curriculum, course development, distance learning process, campus operation, student records and transcripts, to CPCA standards which exceed the minimum standards of the State of Florida (www.cpcamerica.org).
What are the advantages?
First, Cornerstone has an array of studies where any student from any denomination or church affiliation can study without compromising his or her doctrinal belief. The spiritual devotion among the students and the staff is very important for the growth of the seminary.
Secondly, Cornerstone grades its students based on the content of their work and the understanding of the subject studied. Grading is not based on doctrinal differences.
The third advantage is the financial obligation. The cost for attending Cornerstone is only a fraction of the amount required to obtain a degree from another university.
Fourthly, Cornerstone offers individual attention to each of its students. The faculty-student relationship inevitably extends beyond the classroom to enlighten the learning curve.
Lastly, there is an experience advantage. Cornerstone works with local congregations to assist each student (on or off campus) in getting hands-on pulpit experience training before graduating.
Who may enroll?
Any person who has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Savior may enroll as a student with Cornerstone. Regardless of one’s educational background he or she may become a student. Those who have not finished high school may enroll under the Bible Institute Division and receive a Bible education. Those who are high school graduates or have their GED may enroll in the degree program.
What is Cornerstone’s policy regarding discrimination?
Cornerstone does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin or physical impairment in its administration of its educational and administrative policies or its programs. Cornerstone however, does reserve the right to make admission, employment and degree conferral on the basis of those principles and beliefs set forth in the Statement of Faith and moral standards set forth.
Who profits from Cornerstone’s programs?
- Those who believe that God commands everyone to study to show himself or herself approved unto Him.
- Those who believe they cannot give or teach what they don’t have or been trained for.
- Those who have had some training and want to continue, but cannot leave their field of employment and return to school.
- Those who have graduated from other schools who wish additional degrees.
- Those who left school a longtime ago and fear of college work.
- Those who believe a degree can strengthen their ministry.
Why should Christians be trained?
So they can “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone that asks them to give the reason for the hope that they have.” (I Peter 3:15 NIV). Ephesians 4:12-13 gives us another answer to this question, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
If you are serious about your Christian life and resolute about being effective for Christ, there is no way around it! You must be equipped in the knowledge of God’s training manual, the Bible. For any profession one is interested in, he must first be trained and competent in that which he has learned. Only a foolish person would claim to be a medical doctor without ever going to medical school, and only a foolish person would claim to be a police officer without ever receiving any academy training. Why should it be different for Christians? God is not calling us to be ambassadors and yet know nothing about His kingdom. After all, he calls us to be ambassadors and he expects us to gain full knowledge of His kingdom and how it operates. If we fail to do that, we will, for sure, ineffectually represent His kingdom. Imagine if a US ambassador misrepresented the United States to North Korea right now! Remember, everything on earth is a representation of what is in heaven. Don’t be misled into believing that your Christian instruction ceases when you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God expects you to increase in the knowledge of His Word. The Holy Spirit can open your heart and place knowledge in it, but you also need to study and gather understanding just like any great man or woman of God. You must learn and become proficient in both the knowledge.
Does the Bible ask Christians to study?
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Tim.
Studies have showed that Christians are not evangelizing because they don’t know the Scriptures and are afraid of being embarrassed. For instance, consider Muslims or Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their teachings are highly contrary to the Christian faith, but they are increasing in numbers everyday, not because they have a true gospel, but because they are well versed in their doctrine and are able to convince many of its so-called “truth”. How many evangelical Christians came to your door this year? Last year? What about the year before? Did you see twenty? Ten? Five? One? Did you see any at all?
How then should Christians study?
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little,” (Isa.28:10 NKJV).
Centuries and centuries before Christ, there were schools, which trained people of God in the Scriptures, continually. Jesus came to earth and trained many. Schools continue to exist to train God’s people in the Scriptures. In North America, particularly in the United States, many renowned universities (Harvard, to name one), started with the study of the Scriptures.
One can always study and learn on his or her own, but the best and most efficient way to learn is to be in a school. Schools enforce discipline, responsibility, and continuance. Many of us become more effective when we answer to someone else. When we have necessary assignments to complete, we have to make a significant effort to finish the required coursework without distraction.
What happens when Christians study the Scriptures?
There is an extreme misconception that the understanding of Biblical doctrine is reserved for just pastors and evangelical teachers. It is, however, also for the average Christian and the whole church. This misconception is illusive, misleading, and destructive to the body of Christ. Wayne Grudem, professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary explains:
“When the whole church decides to study theology, by God’s grace, we may one day have churches full of Christians who can discuss, apply, and live the doctrine and teachings of the Bible as readily as they can discuss the details of their own jobs, hobbies, or the fortune of their favorite sports team or television program.”
By studying the Word of God, we can be equipped for service in the Kingdom of God and we will also be ready to take the position in the Body of Christ to which God has appointed us. We will be able to walk in unity with other believers and we will be a vessel of honor to God that can rightly divide the word of truth.
What is E-learning?
For many years, thousands of people have found that studying online or at home is a fundamental way to achieve their educational goals. The ability to leave home and enter into a full time seminary program is not possible to everyone. CCU has designed a program to help meet your educational needs.
What area can I do my concentration in?
With our individually tailored program, you’ll get the opportunity to earn a degree in any of the followings:
- Biblical Studies
- Adult & Early Childhood Education
- Psychology and Counseling
- Pastoral Leadership
- Creation Science in Apologetics
- Systematic Theology
- Criminal Justice
- Social Work
- Human Resource Management
When may a student enroll?
Student enrolling in the on Campus program may enroll every 5 weeks for undergraduate and every 8 weeks for graduate classes. Distance Learning students may enroll at any time of the year, regardless of the program interested in.
What courses are offered by distance learning?
All courses and programs listed in the school catalog may be taken through the Distance Learning Study Program. Enrollees may choose from degree or non-degree programs.
Does Cornerstone offer double major and accelerated sudy?
Yes, Cornerstone does offer double majors and ACCELERATED COMBINATION TRACK program! Please call Admissions for clarification.
Will Cornerstone accept credits from other colleges and seminaries?
Yes, Cornerstone will accept credits from any other recognized schools. However, any transferred course must carry at least a “C” as the final grade for undergraduate and at least a “B” for graduate programs, and meet Cornerstone’s criteria.
How long is CCU’s program?
For Distance Learning students, the length of time to complete a program is solely dependent on the time, ability and the determination of the student. Each program is different due to the number of credit hours required. Associate degree can be completed in 2 years or less. A typical Master Degree can be completed in 12-18 months, a Doctorate Degree can be completed in 2 ½ to 3 years, and a PhD Degree can be completed in 3 to 3 ½ years.
How does this Program work?
Cornerstone Christian University gives you a classroom experience with the help of qualified instructors and on-line technologies. The course of study includes:
- On-line lectures and lessons
- A comprehensive study guide
- Textbooks and reference materials
- Class discussion with other students
- Dynamic multi-media presentations, where necessary
- Related site exploration for research purposes
With continuous enrollment you can begin a course at anytime. You have up 6-10 weeks to complete a graduate course. This approach allows you the flexibility to pace yourself and to study when and where it is most convenient for you.
Can I study in another language other than English?
Yes! Other than English, CCU does offer programs only in French. Other languages may become available in the future.
What About Financial Aid?
Due to federal regulations, Christian schools that approved by their approved accrediting agencies are not eligible for Federal Funding. Accordingly, we do not solicit funds or grants from the government. The cost of earning college credit through Cornerstone Christian University’s online program is substantially less than the cost of many other universities’ on-campus tuition. As a result, financial aid is not available to seminary students at this time.
Does Cornerstone allow monthly payments?
Cornerstone asks that all students to pay their tuition in full at the time of enrollment if possible, thus, eliminate the possibility of being dismissed from lass due to late or non-payment. However, if you need to pay by installments, you may pay the 15% down payment of your tuition at the time of enrollment and pay the balance in equal monthly payments.
Does Cornerstone offer any type of scholarship or tuition reduction?
Yes! Cornerstone Christian University offers several types of scholarships to assist those interested in studying within:
1. Marital Scholarship. Cornerstone offers a discount of 50% to couples who attend at the same time. The discount applies to the lesser tuition of the two if that is the case. For example: If a husband and wife are enrolled together, but one is enrolled into the Bachelor program and the other is enrolled into the Master program, the scholarship of 50% would apply to the Bachelor program and the Master program would require full tuition.
2. Timothy Scholarship. This scholarship covers 40% tuition for any student who is between 16-24 years old. Proof of age is required.
3. Pastoral Scholarship. This scholarship covers 20% tuition for any active Pastor student (Senior, Associate, or Assistant).
4. Missionary Scholarship. This scholarship covers 20% tuition for any active missionary student. Proof is required.
5. Senior citizen Scholarship. This scholarship covers 20% tuition for any senior citizen student (55 and over).
6. Full Payment Scholarship, Student who pays their tuition in full during registration will receive a 10% tuition reduction or free textbooks (whichever is greater).
7. President’s Scholarship. This scholarship covers 10% tuition for any student who is an active president of a ministry.
Special note: Scholarships are not to be combined under any circumstances, except the president’s scholarship and it’s at the sole discretion of the president. This means no one student will receive two scholarships at the same time. In situations where the student could qualify for two scholarships, the student has the option to select the higher of the two.
Does Cornerstone offer on-campus studies?
Yes! Cornerstone does offer on campus studies. All courses are designed for on campus, as well as, off campus (Distance Learning) where students study at his or her own pace.
Can a prospective student get credits for practical life experience?
Yes! Cornerstone is an institution, which offers professional degrees in several fields. Conversely, we recognize that learning is not limited to classroom setting only but can take place anywhere. For a student to be considered for Life experience credit, at the rate of 1-3 semester hours credit for a year of specific learning, a complete portfolio must be submitted to the Admissions Office. There is a fee of $40.00 per course evaluated and total fee will depend on the number of credits approved up to 30 if the student is under 60 years of age and up to 60 if 60 and up.
An Admission Advisor will assist you to create a combination of your education and/or relevant adult learning experiences. This will qualify you to earn an Associates degree with the acquisition of an additional 30 credits (10 courses).
Will I have a Faculty Advisor Assign to My Need?
Yes. A faculty member will be assigned to each student. They will be your primary contact with CCU and will respond to your requests within 24 hours. Your personal contact or facilitator, will also grade your assignments and exams. Assignments will vary from course to course. All assignments are included in the study guide you receive at the beginning of your course. They must be completed and returned to satisfy the course requirements. Assignments may be mailed, faxed, or sent via e-mail to CCU’s Distance Learning Office. Once you submit your assignment, your files are updated and the assignment is forwarded to your facilitator. The graded assignment will be returned to the office, where the grade is recorded, and your final grade is then sent to you. If you wish to have the corrected assignment returned to you, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. By using e-mail, you will have your corrected assignment and or grade in a much shorter time.
Note: The provision of this our websites, catalog, or any other statement, is not in any way to be considered a contract. The board and faculty reserve the right to modify, discontinue, or add to the regulations, policies and/or curriculum of this institution at any time for any reason. Current students whether new or re-enrolled, are always under the current catalog and the regulations in effect at the time of enrollment.