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5/18/2011 (4 years ago)

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Briar Cliff University

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (Cathoilc Online) - Briar Cliff University is a small Catholic Franciscan, four-year liberal arts university. Situated on a beautiful hilltop overlooking Sioux City, Iowa, our campus offers safety, scenery, and a strong sense of community. With over 40 areas of study, students soon realize that learning comes to life at BCU. In addition to course work in your major, you will receive a solid foundation that helps you communicate effectively, think critically, appreciate diversity, and contribute to society.  At Briar Cliff, part of our mission and our Catholic Franciscan heritage is to provide a values-based experience that goes beyond the typical liberal arts education and instills the values of personal integrity, social responsibility, and respect for all.

Briar Cliff will provide Apple iPads to all first-year, full-time students, beginning with the fall 2011 semester. Test driving the iPads are Sam Shanks, BCU's division chairperson of general education and assistant professor of theatre, and incoming freshmen Erica LoVan, North High School, left, and Brittany Copple, Peacemakers Academy, right.

Briar Cliff will provide Apple iPads to all first-year, full-time students, beginning with the fall 2011 semester. Test driving the iPads are Sam Shanks, BCU's division chairperson of general education and assistant professor of theatre, and incoming freshmen Erica LoVan, North High School, left, and Brittany Copple, Peacemakers Academy, right.



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5/18/2011 (4 years ago)

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Franciscan Heritage
Founded in 1930 by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, Briar Cliff is committed to traditions of service, caring, and openness to all. The University exemplifies strong Catholic Franciscan values and challenges its members to grow in self-awareness and in their relationships to others and to God.

Top-notch Faculty
Briar Cliff's dedicated professors are more than teachers. They are mentors, advisors, and your partners in learning. They are experts in their fields who conduct research, publish scholarly articles, maintain strong professional networks, and hold degrees from the nation's finest institutions. But above all, our professors are committed to your success.

Your Invitation

We invite you to visit the Briar Cliff campus and experience the genuine feeling of acceptance that will forever shape your future. We recommend coming to campus on a weekday when classes are in session. To make the most of your visit, contact us a few days ahead of time.

Campus Ministry & Spiritual Life

· Antioch Retreat

· Bible Study

· Busy Person's Retreat

· Catholic Daughters of the Americas

· High School Confirmation Retreats

· Knights of Columbus

· Liturgical Ministries

· Mass and Special Prayer Services

· Peace and Justice Advocacy

· Prayer Groups and Faith Sharing

· Mission Trips

· Pastoral Counseling

· RCIA (Rite of Christian Education for Adults)

· 30 Hour Fast

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Fast Facts

4-year, coed, private, selective university

1,100 students

3 ten-week term academic structure

15:1 student-faculty ratio

19 students in an average class

40+ academic majors and preprofessional programs

60 full-time faculty, with 68% holding doctorate or terminal degrees

35+ clubs and organizations

19 varsity sports (NAIA Great Plains Athletic Conference)

96% placement within six months of graduation

98% of undergraduates receive financial aid

$25 million in financial assistance awarded each year

24-hour security on our scenic hilltop campus

140,000 residents in the Sioux City metro area

Intercollegiate Sports

Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, wrestling

Women: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball


Academic Majors




Business Administration


Computer Science

Criminal Justice

Education (Elementary and Secondary)


Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Health, Physical Education and Recreation


Human Resource Management

Journalism and Mass Communication

Management Information Systems



Medical Technology



Political Science


Radiologic Technology

Social Research

Social Work


Sports Science










Occupational Therapy


Physical Therapy

Physician's Assistant

Veterinary Medicine

Contact the Office of Admissions, Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104; PHONE 800-662-3303, ext 5200; FAX 712-279-1632; WEBSITE www./; EMAIL


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