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Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate51%
Acceptance Rate51%

About Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University Overview

Briar Cliff University is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Sioux City, Iowa. Briar Cliff University was founded in 1930 and enrolls around 1,076 students per year year, which includes 817 undergrads. Briar Cliff University provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Activities at Briar Cliff University

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Briar Cliff University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Briar Cliff University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Briar Cliff University, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Briar Cliff University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Briar Cliff University on the Student Life page.

2022 Briar Cliff University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 51%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 15%
Tuition $32,526
Percent of Need Met 26%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $33,359

Is Briar Cliff University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better look at what Briar Cliff University offers and if it seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Briar Cliff University

It is moderately difficult to get into Briar Cliff University. Briar Cliff University admitted 51% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 1,741 students applied to Briar Cliff University and 892 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Briar Cliff University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 79% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Briar Cliff Universitycome back the next year. 44% of Briar Cliff University undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Briar Cliff University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Briar Cliff University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Briar Cliff University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Briar Cliff University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Briar Cliff University meets 26% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $33,359 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $29,484 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Briar Cliff University.

Based on this information, does Briar Cliff University seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Briar Cliff University a good school for you?

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Where is Briar Cliff University Located?

Briar Cliff University is located in the suburban setting of Sioux City, Iowa.

If you want to see Briar Cliff University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 29 to Sioux City, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Sioux Gateway.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Briar Cliff University and Sioux City are like without leaving home.

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College Info

3303 Rebecca Street Sioux City, IA 51104-0100

Campus Setting: Suburban

Briar Cliff University Application Deadline

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Briar Cliff University ACT Scores


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Student Life

Wondering what life at Briar Cliff University is like? There are approximately 1,076 students enrolled at Briar Cliff University, including 817 undergraduate students and 259 graduate students. 72% percent of students attend school full-time, 61% percent are from IA and 39% percent of students are from other states.


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