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Welcome to Briar Cliff University's web site. We invite you to explore this site and begin to learn why our college community is so special.

Mission: Briar Cliff University is a community committed to higher education within a liberal arts
and Catholic perspective.  In the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all, Briar Cliff emphasizes quality education for its students, combining a broad intellectual background with career development. The University challenges its members to grow in self-awareness and in their relationships to others and to God.

As a Franciscan and Catholic University, Briar Cliff welcomes you and members of all faiths while we remain dedicated to fostering the moral and ethical values that are central to our faith. Our values-based educational and community experience emphasizes the importance of serving others, caring for the environment, and helping those in need.

The Briar Cliff experience includes academic achievement and scholarship, recreation, leadership development, social activities, athletics, clubs, and student organizations. The distinctive beauty of our campus on the Cliff makes it an ideal setting for learning and living.

Briar Cliff graduates are tomorrow’s leaders! Whether you are interested in business or teaching, the sciences or humanities, nursing or social work, or any of our other high quality undergraduate and graduate areas of study, Briar Cliff provides the caring, challenging, student-centered environment needed to meet your goals.

Welcome to Briar Cliff University. Come visit us often – virtually and in person.

Beverly A. Wharton, President

You may e-mail Mrs. Wharton at beverly.wharton@briarcliff.edu