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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A-
Briar Cliff is a private, Catholic university located in Sioux City, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 797 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Briar Cliff acceptance rate is 62%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business Administration and Management, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 44% of students, Briar Cliff alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,600.
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
62%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1090
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$18,818/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,626/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,583/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,761/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,220/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,954/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
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
797Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
52%
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
82%
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
$40,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
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 has truly been my home away from home. The small classes really allow me to have a connection with my professors. The social work faculty is amazing! They will always take the time to get to know you and will take into consideration what is going on your day-to-day life. The professors have a great understanding over the material they teach and are well equipped to explain the material. There is a great diversity on campus and the majority of students are kind and friendly. I have switched from attending classes on campus to online and I am still receiving a great education.
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I enjoy the small campus that briar Cliff provides. I also enjoy the people on the campus. Everyone here is so nice and welcoming. On the other hand, the food is not the best. But over all I really like being a part of BCU. Go Chargers!
The academics and professors at Briar Cliff are great and made my time there wholly worth it. Nothing against security, but most of them are older men who are very friendly and helpful, but I wouldn't rely on them much in case of some kind of emergency. Several girls were sexually assaulted each semester I attended Briar Cliff, and nothing much was done about any of them-hence the "terrible" safety rating. My advice to anyone who attends: stay smart with safety and don't go to the cafeteria, stick to Java City.