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) Note: if completing an online application, the application fee must be mailed to CBI.


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 application fee, 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. 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.

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