The Cornerstone Program is here to help assure and assess your success while attending the Western Kentucky University. Students in the Cornerstone Program are obligated to meet all the mandatory requirements of the program. Failure to meet all the requirements of the Cornerstone Program could result in dismissal from the university and/or the disqualification from various types of financial assistance. Students admitted conditionally will be enrolled in the WKU University College with an Exploratory major.
NOTE: Conditionally Admitted Students had a high school GPA least 2.0 but less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale OR/AND an ACT composite of 16 but less than 20.
Welcome to the Cornerstone Program website! The Cornerstone Program is for specific students who are academically underprepared who have been conditionally admitted to Western Kentucky University. The program is designed to help assure conditionally admitted students adjusting to college and become academically successful and matriculate to graduation. The program will help facilitate conditionally admitted students adjustment to college, by encourage the development of good study habits, time management, and the use of important university resources. The program has Peer Advisors available to provide assistance and guidance in these areas, as well as encourage students to become involved and engaged in university life.
Commonwealth School Preston Student Success Center Hours
Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Alice Rowe Learning Assistance Center – Commonwealth School
C223 South Campus
Students in the
The Cornerstone Program is mandatory for admitted students who do not have a high school GPA of at least 2.0 but less than 2.5 or an ACT composite of 16 but less than 20 and have been conditionally admitted. These students are obligated to meet all the mandatory requirements of the program and sign a contract agreeing to participate in the program.
Cornerstone students have to enroll in courses at the Commonwealth School until they have met the conditions of their admission. Cornerstone students will have two majors, one that identify them as a Cornerstone student. The second major identify their major as exploratory, which will remain until all requirements of their admission has been fulfilled. Upon completions of the conditions, students will be able to select their own major. Once all requirements of their conditional admissions have been fulfilled, their first major will be dropped and only their selected major will remain.
Before Cornerstone students are allowed to register for classes, they must sign and submit a Cornerstone Program Contract, agreeing to participate in the Cornerstone Program and fulfill the requirements as outline in the contract. Cornerstone students must see their faculty advisors before registering for classes and making any changes to their class schedules.
By signing the contract, students are agreeing to:
- Participate in the Cornerstone Program until they complete a minimum of 24-degree credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Complete development course requirements in sequence during their first academic year.
- Pass all developmental courses with a grade of “C” or better and do so for each course within two attempts.
- Enroll in Mandatory University Experience courses for conditional admitted students.
- Enroll in college level courses(s) in remediated subject area the term immediately following completion of the required developmental course.
- Not enroll in on-line courses.
- Attend Monitored Tutoring sessions – 6 hours per week.
- Meet with assigned Peer Advisors bi-weekly throughout the semester.
- Attend Informational Sessions and Workshops (two Academic Advantage Series for Success)
- Enroll in a maximum of thirteen hours.
- Carry a full-time load (twelve hours).
- Before making changes to class schedules, students must meet with their academic advisors.
- Achieve academic progress (See www.wku.edu/Info/FinAid/)
Each Cornerstone students will be assigned a Peer Advisor who will help guide them to university resources, while aiding students in understanding university policies, procedures and expectations.
While each Cornerstone students may have different academic needs, the Peer Advisors are here to guide and assist students to the right resources necessary to become a successful student.
Peer Advisors will help students understand the importance in developing a positive and meaning full relationships with faculty and staff. Peer Advisors also encourage Cornerstone students to become involved/engaged in campus activities.
Cornerstone students are required to meet with their Peer Advisors bi-weekly to discuss any academic issues, grades, etc..
Tutoring and Academic Assistance Locations:
- Other Important Links:
- Undergraduate Catalog
- Registrar Guide
- Academic Advising & Retention Center (AARC)
- Financial Aid
- Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
- Chemistry Lab
- Computer Science Lab
- Learning Assistance Center
- Math Lab
- Math Testing Center
- ML Media Center
- Physics Help Center
- Resource Room
- Student Support Services
- Technology Resource Center
- The Writing Center