Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA

Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA

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Create your new horizon—here, now

Create your new horizon—here, now
You have a dream job in mind. Now you just need to know what degree will take you there. Let Briar Cliff University guide your path. Choose from over 30 traditional degree programs, or create a multidisciplinary degree that merges core classes from multiple majors to design a degree tailored to your needs. With small class sizes, state-of-the-art classrooms, personalized attention from your academic advisor, and numerous professional opportunities, you’ll discover your passion and become a valuable member of the Briar Cliff community. 

See beyond yourself with a values-based mindset
You can learn a lot about life—and yourself—by helping others. Our students participate in thousands of hours of community service annually. Be part of a campus community that encourages 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.

Follow your heart in a place you can call home
Make Briar Cliff your home away from home. Step up to the height of the city and live among the beauty of the rolling hills of Sioux City, Iowa. Join our vibrant and inclusive community and experience city life with the safety and comfort of home in our newly renovated dormitories and apartment-style residence halls.

Chart your course 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, internships, and community service. At Briar Cliff, you have the opportunity to experience it all.

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Founded: 1930

Affiliation: Catholic, Franciscan

Location: Sioux City, Iowa

Enrollment: Approximately 1,200 students

States Represented: 42

Countries Represented: 26

Residence Halls or Apartment

Options: Four

Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Cost: $33,128 tuition and fees

Financial Aid: Awarded to 98% 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
• Digital Communication
• Elementary Education
• English
• Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
• Environmental Science
• Exercise Physiology
• Graphic Design
• History
• Human Performance
• International Business
• K-12 Education
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Medical Laboratory Science
• Music
• Nursing
• Psychology
• Radiologic Technology
• Secondary Education
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Special Education
• Sports Management
• Theology
• Writing

Pre-professional Programs
• Chiropractic Medicine
• Dentistry
• Law
• Medicine
• Occupational Therapy
• Pharmacy
• Physical Therapy
• Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Degrees
• Doctor of Nursing Practice
• Doctor of Physical Therapy
• Master of Arts in Management
• Master of Health Administration
• Master of Science in Nursing

FAFSA Code: 001846
GRE Code: 7301

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