The Application Procedure

1.   Apply!

Applicants must complete the Student Application Form in its entirety including the following:

  •     Testimony of Salvation
    It is recommended that applicants should have been saved for one year before coming to Cornerstone.

  •     Agreement with Doctrinal Statement

  •     Recent Picture of Yourself

  •     $25 Application Fee

An application fee of $25.00 must accompany the Student Application form before it can be processed. (Late Application $60) This can be mailed-in or paid online.

Note: The application fee may be paid online using the donate button in the upper left corner of the screen. Please make sure you designate that this is the “Application for Admission Fee”.


Apply by Mail

The entire mail-in application form and all accompanying documents can be downloaded here.


Apply Online

 Fill out the online application form here.

Note: Application fee, Reference forms, medical history, physical examination form, and transcript forms must be submitted separately. All forms are available for download and printing. The emergency authorization, medical history, and physical examination must be mailed in by the applicant. Reference forms may be filled out and submitted by the applicant's references either online or by mail. The application fee may either be mailed in or submitted online using the donate button. If paying online, please designate as “Application for Admission Fee”. Transcript request forms must be filled out by the applicant and sent to their high school and and post-secondary schools.

2.   Submit Documents

1.  References

These forms should be completed by four individuals (adults over 21, not relatives). References are requested from your pastor (or church leader if your church is without a pastor or your father is the pastor), An Educator/Employer, and two other individuals who can evaluate your character.

    Mail-in Reference Forms

Download, print, and give the appropriate form along with a stamped envelope addressed to:

Admissions Office, Cornerstone Bible Institute, PO Box 1158, Hot Springs, SD 57747, to the people listed on your application as references. Note: You need two of the general references.

    Online Reference Forms


2. Medical History/Examination

All applicants must submit a Medical History form which needs to be reviewed by the primary care provider. Dormitory students must also submit a Medical Examination form signed by a licensed physician.

Students and their parents are expected to make provisions for student medical needs and contingencies while the student is enrolled at CBI. Cornerstone does not presently offer a student health plan.


3. Emergency Authorization

An Emergency Authorization form must be signed by the applicant in the presence of a Notary Public. It must also be signed by the parent or legal guardian if the applicant is under 21 years of age.

4. Transcript

All applicants must submit a high school transcript or GED. We also request transcripts of any post-secondary training the applicant may have pursued.

3.   Wait to Hear Back

We recommend that all applications should be received no later than July 15 for the fall semester or November 15 for the spring semester. This will allow time to get necessary references and transcripts and to act on the application. Earlier applications are appreciated.

Other Information

Applicants under eighteen years of age may be considered at the discretion of the administration.

Anyone who has been dismissed from another Bible school, college, or other school will not normally be considered as a potential student at CBI until such time as he/ she would be eligible to re-enroll at the previous school. The previous school will be contacted and asked to furnish information regarding the dismissal, a conduct report, waiting periods, and conditions to re-enroll.

Circumstances may require that a student be accepted on probation at the discretion of the admissions committee.

A student who previously discontinued his or her studies at CBI but wishes to re-enter the school after an absence of two years or more, must re-apply using a special application form for that purpose.  Contact the Registrar at Cornerstone for special instructions about how to proceed.

Cornerstone Bible Institute is not authorized under United States federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students.

Cornerstone Bible Institute is approved by the South Dakota State Approval Agency for training veterans and other eligible persons under VA provisions.

Guidelines for High School Students Taking Classes at CBI

The student must complete an application for admission.  The student must submit all the materials a regular applicant would submit except for the following: the educator/employer reference, the two general references, and the physical examination form. 

The student must be a high school senior with a cumulative grade average in the “A” or upper “B” range.  Written documentation of this grade achievement must be submitted in the form of a transcript before the student is approved for a class.

All class work, assignments, tests, etc., must be completed according to the requirements stated in the syllabus and given by the instructor for the particular class.

No more than one class may be taken in a semester.  These must be freshman level classes.   

Grades will be recorded.  These will be converted to credit hours if the student enrolls as a regular student at CBI.

If the student enrolls at some other institution of higher learning, we will supply that school with documentation concerning the completion of the class, grade earned, and that we have not converted it to credit because the person did not enroll as a regular student at CBI.  That other school can then make its own determination about giving transfer credit or not. 

The student will be approved to take the one class per semester, but this does not include involvement in other benefits or activities of the regular student body.

The student will follow the regulations in the CBI catalog and student handbook.

Contact the Registrar if there are further questions.