Briar Cliff University

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3303 Rebecca Street

Sioux City, IA 51104

Phone: (712) 279-5200
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#39 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Briar Cliff University is a private institution that was founded in 1930. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,030, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 70 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Briar Cliff University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 39. Its tuition and fees are $26,650 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Approximately 1,100 students come to Briar Cliff University for a value-based education in the Franciscan traditions of academic excellence and career success. Briar Cliff students thrive in an environment that supports their personal growth and professional promise. They receive individualized attention and enjoy a campus-wide commitment to technology. Generous scholarships enable students from all economic circumstances to share in the Briar Cliff experience. Numerous internships, field studies, and research opportunities are hallmarks of Briar Cliff's hands-on approach to career preparation. Briar Cliff graduates boast an impressive career placement and a high acceptance rate to graduate schools or professional programs.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1930
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $8,902,569


When applying to Briar Cliff University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Briar Cliff University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Briar Cliff University is 12:1, and the school has 62.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Briar Cliff University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Physical Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 29%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 26%
Education 9%
Physical Sciences 6%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5%

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Student Life

Briar Cliff University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,030, with a gender distribution of 44.3 percent male students and 55.7 percent female students. Briar Cliff University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,150
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Briar Cliff University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Briar Cliff University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Briar Cliff University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Briar Cliff University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Briar Cliff University, 87.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,084.

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Tuition and fees $26,650 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,660 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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