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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    D+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
Briar Cliff is a private, Catholic university located in Sioux City, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 731 undergraduate students. The Briar Cliff acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Criminology. Graduating 45% of students, Briar Cliff alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,200.
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
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Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference

Briar Cliff University Rankings

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Briar Cliff Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1090
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$18,442/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$23,981/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.12 responses
87%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.15 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.15 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
7
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
7
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    9%
  • On Campus
    69%
  • Online
    22%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
731Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
245
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
57%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 7 responses
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  • Friendly
    86%
  • ENTHUSIASTIC
    14%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
75%
Poll
87%
of students say they don't have Greek life.15 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.19 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Opportunity
    56%
  • Family
    44%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.9 responses
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Just go to Morningside. Briar Cliff University just wants your money. There are some extremely shady business practices going on, and any positive review seems to mostly either be from students that were prompted to fill this out, or students that have not been here a while.
If you are like me and don't really care about nightlife or things to do (or I guess even if you do, the city is pretty dead) avoid Briar Cliff. I'll break this down for you so you can also avoid wasting time and money:
Drug use is rampant on campus, not just the occasional cloud of weed either.
You will watch your friends go to uni and wonder if you made a mistake
Should you have questions or concerns, best of luck.
I'm pretty pleased to say that the professors overall are great! They seem a little dead in side but they're extremely accommodating and kind.
Also be extremely aware of your graduation requirements. They make tons of money on super seniors.
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My overall experience here was good. The academics, professors and staff really are here to help you. A bonus is that a large portion of the student population is athletes, so academics are very understanding and blend well if you stay on top of things. If you are looking for somewhere small to make close friends and benefit from a smaller class size, this is the place for you!
I came to Briar Cliff as a transfer from big college in another state during spring semester of my freshman year. My overall experience has been alright since professors are really here to help you academically to maintain a high GPA. Athletics are not the best nor the coaches and facilities, however, large portions of students here are athletes. Diversity here is really great since I have many friends that are literary from everywhere around the world including myself.