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Chase your dream . . . here, now

You have a dream job in mind. Now you just need to know what degree to pursue to get there. Let Briar Cliff University guide your path. We have over 30 traditional degree programs to choose from. But that’s not all. At Briar Cliff you can also pursue a customized degree that’s tailored specifically to your career aspirations. You’ll get personalized attention from your academic advisor to create a multidisciplinary degree that merges core classes from two or three majors. In turn, you’ll end up with a degree that is designed just for you. 


Chase your dream...with a values-based mindset
You can learn a lot about life—and yourself—by helping others. Our students commit thousands of hours to community service annually. Be part of a campus community that allows you to explore your faith and grow in a way that is right for you. Rooted in a Catholic Franciscan heritage, Briar Cliff challenges its students to grow in self-awareness and in their relationships to others and to God.


Chase your a place you can call home
Make Briar Cliff your home
away from home. Find the comfort and security of being nestled on our 70-acre hilltop campus in Sioux City, Iowa. Here you will have access to newly renovated learning facilities, apartment-style living, high-tech science labs, and state-of-the-art classrooms.


Chase your dream...with an adventurous spirit
Academics may be the cornerstone of any collegiate program, but plenty of learning takes place outside the classroom. Get involved in residence hall events, campus activities and organizations, intramurals, religious life, athletic teams, campus jobs, and community service. At Briar Cliff you have the opportunity to experience it all.

Chasing your dream starts with an application. Apply today at


Founded: 1930

Affiliation: Franciscan, Catholic

Location: Sioux City, Iowa

Enrollment: More than 1,100 students 

States Represented: 40 

Countries Represented: 18 

Residence Halls or Apartment Options: Four

Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Cost: Tuition $28,788; room and board $8,348

Financial Aid: Awarded to 100% of first-time full-time students

Student Activities: 30+ clubs and activities

Athletics: GPAC Conference; 18 men’s and women’s sports teams

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Recognition: Ranked in the top tier for Midwest Best Colleges and Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report

Areas of Study

Undergraduate Degrees
• Accounting

• Art

• Behavior Analysis

• Biochemistry

• Biology

• Business Administration

• Chemistry

• Computer Science

• Criminology/Criminal Justice

• Elementary Education

• English

• Environmental Science

• Graphic Design

• History

• Journalism and Mass Communication

• Kinesiology and Human Performance

• Mathematics

• Medical Laboratory Science

• Music

• Nursing

• Psychology

• Radiologic Technology

• Secondary Education

• Social Work

• Sociology

• Spanish

• Sports Management

• Theology

• Writing


Pre-professional Programs
• Chiropractic

• Dentistry

• Law

• Medicine

• Occupational Therapy

• Pharmacy

• Physical Therapy

• Veterinary Medicine


Graduate Degrees
• Master of Arts/Science in Kinesiology and Human Performance

• Master of Arts in Management

• Master of Science in Behavioral Analysis

• Master of Science in Nursing

• Doctor of Nursing Practice