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Enrollment: There are more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries attending Briar Cliff University.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Average Class Size: 17

Launch your career
Many Briar Cliff students are accepted at first-rate graduate schools; 90 percent have jobs in their fields within six months of graduation.

Personal Attention
Working closely with BCU faculty builds your confidence and prepares you for the workplace. With a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you're a name, not a number, in the classroom.

Affordability
Ninety-eight percent of BCU students receive scholarships, grants and other forms of financial assistance. Click here to request more information on the many ways Briar Cliff University can help you pay for college tuition.

Academic Calendar:  Semester calendar, including January and May terms

Academic Majors
Accounting
Art
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Education
Elementary Education
English
Environmental Science
Graphic Design
Health, Physical Education & Recreation
History
Human Resource Management
Journalism & Mass Communication Management Information Systems
Marketing

Mathematics
Medical Technology
Music
Nursing
Political Science
Professional Studies
Psychology
Radiologic Technology
Secondary Education
Sociology
Social Work
Spanish
Sports Management
Sports Science
Theatre
Theology
Writing

Preprofessional Programs
Chiropractic
Church Ministry
Dentistry
Engineering
Law
Medicine
Occupational Therapy
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Physician’s Assistant
Veterinary Medicine

Internships
Students apply classroom learning to real-work situations through internships. The region offers a wealth of employment opportunities, as well as internships with organizations like Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Great West Casualty Company, Sioux City Explorers, Juvenile Court Services, Sioux City Police Department, Habitat for Humanity, numerous radio and television stations and Siouxland YMCA. Many students also do internships in their hometowns.

Briar Cliff University Graduates
BCU students enter graduate school or are employed in their fields at the impressive rate of 90 percent within six months of graduation. Briar Cliff students are accepted by first-rate graduate schools, such as Arizona State University, Colorado State, Creighton University, Des Moines University, Drake University, Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic, University of Iowa, University of Notre Dame and the University of Nebraska.

Accreditation
Briar Cliff is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The education program of the University is approved by the State Department of Education of Iowa for the certification of teachers. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the State of Iowa Board of Nursing.

Activities
Intercollegiate Sports
Men's sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer,  track and field, wrestling
Women's sports: Basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball  

Student Activities
Athletic events, Charger Camp, Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Cliff-Top Movies, Cocoa and Carols, concerts, dances, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday activities, Family Weekend, French Toast Frenzy, Haunted Tunnels, Homecoming, Jazz Ensemble concert, Residence Life activities, Saint Francis Day events, Stark Student Center tournaments, theatre productions, Welcome Week, WinterFest and more

Student Organizations
Academic and department clubs, Ambassadors, BCCares, BCU Radio, Campus Ministry, Cheerleading, CHOICES, The Cliff News, Cliff Singers, Jazz Band, Peer Advisory Leaders (PALs), Student Government Association and more

Financial Assistance
Briar Cliff University strives for affordability for all; 98 percent of Briar Cliff students receive financial assistance. Briar Cliff awards over $23 million in federal, state and institutional funds. All awards require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA code for Briar Cliff University is 001846.

Codes of Interest
The ACT code for Briar Cliff University is 1276. The SAT code for Briar Cliff University is 6046.

Presidential Scholarships
• Full-tuition
• Awarded annually
• Minimum 26 ACT or 1170 SAT, cumulative GPA of 3.75 (on 4.0 scale)
• Demonstrated leadership
• Interview required
• Awarded annually
• Apply online at www.briarcliff.edu

Academic Scholarships
• Up to $16,000 annually
• Based on high school academic performance and ACT/ SAT
• Academic award amounts vary depending upon on-campus or off-campus housing


Art, Music and Theatre Scholarship
• Award varies
• For students who major or minor in art, music or theatre
• Auditions and/or portfolios required

Athletic Scholarship
• Award varies
• For students participating in Briar Cliff’s athletic programs
• Must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average

Federal Pell Grant
• Up to $5,550
• Based on need and funding level approved by Congress

Federal SEOG Grant
• Amounts vary
• Must be Pell Grant eligible
• Apply early, limited funding

Iowa Tuition Grant
• $3,475
• Must be an Iowa resident for the past five years
• File FAFSA by July 1
(Iowa College Student Aid Commission has the authority to administratively reduce the award.)

Federal Direct Student Loan
• Up to $5,500 for freshman

Federal Perkins Loan
• Up to $4,000
• Preference given to high needs students in nursing and education


Campus Visit
Learn about the place you will call home. An on-campus visit is the best way to discover all that Briar Cliff has to offer. To arrange your visit, please call 712-279-5200 or 800-662-3303, ext. 5200. Visit our website at www.briarcliff.edu and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BriarCliffUniversity.