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Cornerstone Program

Cornerstone Program


The Cornerstone Program provides academic assistance to incoming first-year students as they transition to Western Kentucky University. This initiative is required for students who:

1. Placed into two or three supplemental courses in mathematics, reading, or writing, and
2.
Obtained an unweighted high school GPA below 3.0.

Students will collaborate with faculty, staff, and peers to develop crucial academic skills. By the end of the program, students will possess an understanding of institutional structures and campus resources.

 


 

Program Requirements

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Program Orientation

Students will participate in a one-time orientation during the second week of the fall or spring semester to learn more about the Cornerstone Program. Specific dates and times will be communicated to students through their TopperMail email account.

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Supplemental Courses

Students will take two or three supplemental courses during their first two years at WKU. Academic advisors are trained to identify and schedule these courses during regular advising appointments. Refer to the college readiness website for details.

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5th Week Check-In

Students will participate in 5th Week Check-In with their academic advisor to discuss their grades and attendance. Refer to the 5th Week Check-In website for additional information. Academic advisors will contact students via their TopperMail email account to schedule the meeting.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cornerstone Program is an initiative designed to provide support for first-year students at WKU. You’ll collaborate with faculty, staff, and peers during the program to develop crucial academic skills.

First-year students who placed into two or three supplemental courses and obtained an unweighted high school GPA below 3.0 are required to participate. Course placement is based on the unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) that you submitted with your admission application. Refer to the college readiness website for more details.  

Yes! You’re required to participate if you placed into two or three supplemental courses in mathematics, reading, or writing, and obtained an unweighted high school GPA below 3.0. Refer to the college readiness website for more details.  

The Cornerstone Program incorporates a one-time orientation, supplemental courses, and conversations with an academic advisor during 5th Week Check-In. Review the program requirements section above for more details.

Students will participate in the program orientation and Fifth Week Check-In during their first semester at WKU. Students will complete the supplemental courses during their first two years.

You’ll receive additional information during the Topper Orientation Program (TOP) and a few weeks prior to the start of the fall or spring semester.

Submit an updated official high school transcript or standardized test scores to the Office of Admissions. Depending on the situation, some or all of the required parts of the Cornerstone Program may be waived.

The Cornerstone Program provides support, accountability, and community. During the program, you’ll develop crucial academic skills and learn about a variety of campus resources. You’ll also collaborate with faculty and staff who can support your transition and answer questions as needed.

Please email cornerstone@wku.edu or call 270-745-5065 with questions.

 


 

Contact Information

The Cornerstone Program is coordinated by the Advising and Career Development Center.

Downing Student Union (DSU) 2141
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11052
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1008
Phone: 270-745-5065
Fax: 270-745-5421
Email: cornerstone@wku.edu


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 Last Modified 9/16/22