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Perched on a scenic hilltop where three states meet, Briar Cliff University is a private, Catholic Franciscan institution that attracts students who dream about making a difference in the world.

As one of the country’s most service and outreach-oriented universities, Briar Cliff was founded in 1930 by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Dubuque, with a mission to educate students in the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all.

More than three-quarters of classes at Briar Cliff are taught by full-time faculty — not adjunct instructors or graduate assistants — meaning students are able to form lasting relationships with their professors; working side-by-side on research, internship placements and networking opportunities. Briar Cliff faculty members are renowned and recognized in their field. They have published extensively, been recognized as Fulbright Scholars, worked on the global Human Genome Project and performed at Carnegie Hall. But more importantly, they take the most pride in the success of their students.

Briar Cliff’s students find success after graduation, with 95% of 2015’s graduates finding employment or continuing their education (74.2% finding employment and 20.7% pursuing graduate education). Of those finding employment, 78% found employment that was directly related to their major. Outside of the classroom, our students are also recognized for their efforts in giving back to the community, contributing over 10,000 hours of service to the region annually.

Beyond the classroom, Briar Cliff is nationally recognized for its community outreach as a member of the President’s National Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years. Briar Cliff students spend 10,000 hours annually spearheading service projects across the community, the region, the nation and the world. Often times, the service relates directly to the students’ chosen field of study: Education majors tutor children in after-school programs; nursing students help with Red Cross disaster relief; accounting majors help low-income families file their taxes; kinesiology majors develop exercise workouts for local senior centers; and biology majors work to restore natural habitat at our local parks and nature centers.

The University has garnered national attention for its innovative “Learning Communities” initiative. The program places first-year students who have similar interests into academically themed learning groups which enroll in similar classes, team up on service projects and adjust to college life together. The result for the Fall 2015 incoming cohort was a retention rate of 78.9 percent.

Briar Cliff is also viewed as a forward-thinking institution when it comes to non-traditional college students. With its online degree completion offerings and highly respected night-and-weekend adult study program, the University provides convenient and high quality education to students in all stages of life. Briar Cliff is ranked among the nation’s top 10 Catholic online institutions (onlinecolleges.com), its online Bachelor of Social Work program is ranked in the top 10 nationally (collegechoice.com) and BCU is listed as the second best online college in the state of Iowa (affordablecollegesonline.com).

Office of Admissions:
(800) 662-3303
briarcliff.edu/admissions

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Overview

Applicants
1,491
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.23

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 490
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 540
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13.5:1
Total Faculty
122
with Terminal Degree
51

63
Men
59
Women
8
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Related Services.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Writing, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.
  • Nursing Education.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Criminology.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Theology/Theological Studies.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

Perched atop a hill ("The Cliff") in Sioux City, Iowa, Briar Cliff University operates within a Catholic liberal arts perspective, and teaches those who attend to embody four Franciscan values: service, caring for all, reverence of creation, and peacemaking. The university provides a broad education on top of field-specific programs, thus "creating well-rounded individuals ready for the work force." Students can choose from more than thirty majors (or even combine majors) and benefit from a 12:1 faculty-to-student ratio that "allows you to really focus on the coursework and becoming a professional." At the end of four years, Briar Cliff students will have completed a quality, one-on-one education that allows them "to grow through diversity, cultural opportunities, and by giving back to the community." Professors here are dynamic and make classes interactive, and they are usually very good at explaining material on a level the student can understand "while still pushing the student to grasp new concepts and dive deeper into concepts that are already understood." "Time flies by in every class because even the topics that I would usually find boring become interesting thanks to the professors," says one student. There is "an abundance of support to help...students to succeed," and all here are treated as "individuals rather than numbers." Students have the ability to talk to their professors "essentially whenever you have time" and value "not having to go through TAs and graduate students."

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Timothy Wente
Dir. of IT International, Boeing Co

Dale Monroe
Superintendent of Anamosa Community Schools

James Berry
President, Mount Marty College

James Jensen
CEO, Great West Casualty

Ray Cole
President, Citadel Communications

Richard Anderson
President, ViraQuest, Inc.

Cole Wright
NFL Network

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,633

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,647

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,837

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
92%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,484

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,736

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,650
Required Fees
$1,136
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,339

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,514

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,086
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,117
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

1.95%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.23%
Asian
9.36%
African-American
15.23%
Hispanic
65.64%
Caucasian
4.73%
International

56% female
44% male
40% are out of state
71% are full time
29% are part time

Students Say

Briar Cliff's small campus is "great, because you can get up for your 8:00 a.m. [class] at 7:45 and still be on time." It is rare to walk across campus "without having some kind of acquaintance greet you warmly and/or hold the door open for you." Speaking of which, "everyone leaves their doors open, and we all pass by and talk with each other and hang out." If you're an athlete (and most people here are), "life at Briar Cliff consists mostly of class and practice," but there is "also plenty of free time to do work or get away from school for awhile." With many hiking areas and other activities within walking distance, students are "constantly going out to eat with each other or doing something fun on and off campus." The vast majority of the student body also "keep a routine workout schedule." Though students are in love with the school, it is almost universally agreed that Briar Cliff "is lacking in the facilities department." Briar Cliff's 1,200 students keep thirty clubs and organizations humming along, and the school "works well with the local young professionals group" to provide experience. To maintain these numbers, the majority of students "are involved in two, three, or more activities" outside of their area of study. This interconnectivity "means that students know each other, making it feel like a small-town atmosphere."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
44%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
80%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Students Say

The teachers and rest of the faculty are great, but the student body is truly one of a kind, says a Briar Cliff student. This the Franciscan Midwest, and "everyone is so nice." "You never pass anyone without a smile. There is always someone willing to lend a helping hand," says one student. Differences such as sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, major, and political affiliation "are recognized and encouraged." Most come to this tight-knit campus not knowing anyone, "yet after only a few, short weeks you feel as if you know everyone." It's "almost like a surrogate family for those that come from different states." "Some schools have cliques like the jocks or the nerds but at Briar Cliff the only clique is the whole student body," a student explains.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Brenda Parkhill

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
2

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
35
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

9% participate in intramural sports
40% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Chargers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Chargers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered

Sustainability

69/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lana Johnson
Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
Box 2100
Sioux City, IA 51104-0100

Phone
712-279-5200

Email
admissions@briarcliff.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Java City
Stark Student Center
Newman Flanagan Athletic Center
Bishop Mueller Library
Heelan Hall (Academics)
The McCoy Arnold Athletic Facility was completed in 2004. This multi-use athletic facility provides additional facilities for students to work on personal training and fitness.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Tyson Events Center
Orpheum Theatre
Promenade and Carmike Theatres
Lakeport Commons and Southern Hills Mall
Historic 4th Street
There are many events going year round in Sioux City. Students are kept informed of special events which are happening by campus e-mail.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Campus visit dates are listed on the web site

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@briarcliff.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Sioux Gateway Airport is less than 12 miles from campus and offers taxi and rental car service to the campus. City buses make regular stops on campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-29 - Exit #149 onto Hamilton Blvd. Drive approximately 2.5 miles and turn left onto Stone Park Blvd. Drive approximately 1 block and turn left onto W. Clifton Ave. Drive several blocks until the road ends a a "Y" and turn right to find the campus' north entrance. Hwy 20 West- Becomes Gordon Drive as it enters Sioux City. Turn right onto Nebraska Street. Drive approximately 2 miles and turn left onto 27th Street. Drive approximately 1 mile and cross Hamilton Blvd. After approximately one block turn left onto W. Clifton Ave. Drive several blocks until the road ends a "Y" and turn right to find the campus' north entrance. Hwy 75 South - Driving south on Highway 75 exit at Business 75 and then exit #99 onto Floyd Blvd./46th St. Hwy 75 North - Driving north on Highway 75, exit at Floyd Blvd./46th St. and then turn right toward Floyd Blvd. Drive approximately one block, turn left onto W. Clifton Ave. Drive several blocks until the road ends at a "Y" and turn right to find the campus' north entrance.

Local Accommodations
Mention that you're visiting Briar Cliff University and hotel rooms in the Sioux City area will range from approximately $50 to $85 per night. Hotels within about 10 minutes of campus include AmericInn (near the shopping malls on Business Hwy 75/S. Lewis Blvd.), Best Western - City Centre, Clarion Hotel (downtown), Country Inn and Suites (in Dakota Dunes, SD off I-29), Days Inn and Fairfield Inn (on Singing Hills Blvd., off I-29 close to the airport and shopping malls), Holiday Inn Downtown, Marina Inn (across the Missouri River, in South Sioux City, NE) and Quality Inn(on Zenith Drive off Hamilton Blvd at I-29).


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