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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  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 720 undergraduate students. The Briar Cliff acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 42% of students, Briar Cliff alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,200.
About Briar Cliff University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference
Address
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
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Briar Cliff University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1090
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$18,409/ 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
$23,343/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

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

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
720Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
225
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
59%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 7 responses
Report
  • 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
42%
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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Briar Cliff University Reviews

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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 single mother of two very young children. I remember feeling lost, without passion, without purpose, and weighed down by a history of addiction and domestic abuse. After three years, I have not only found my passion and purpose for life but have also discovered strength within myself that I had never experienced before. The professors, advisors, and students have guided me to success in my academic and career path while teaching me about life and everything that encompasses it. Beliefs, opinions, traditions, and cultures are expressed by students and faculty in a respectful and inspirational way, embracing everyone who comes on campus. Also, the campus is beautiful and shows off the hard work done by both faculty and the students.