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Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate60%

Briar Cliff University Admissions

Briar Cliff University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 60% of applicants get into Briar Cliff University each year. Last year, 1,491 students applied to Briar Cliff University and 892 were admitted.

Reach out to Briar Cliff University's admissions department for more information on applying.

Briar Cliff University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Briar Cliff University's admissions stats.

Briar Cliff University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 15%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 95%
Waitlist No

Briar Cliff University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Briar Cliff University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Applying Early to Briar Cliff University?

Briar Cliff University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Briar Cliff University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Briar Cliff University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Briar Cliff University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Briar Cliff University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Briar Cliff University for more information on admission factors.

Briar Cliff University Application Requirements

To apply to Briar Cliff University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Briar Cliff University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Briar Cliff University?

Students admitted to Briar Cliff University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 76% submitted a class rank. At Briar Cliff University 16% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 38% were in the top 25% and 68% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Briar Cliff University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Briar Cliff University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Briar Cliff University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2017, 15% of Briar Cliff University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 95% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be most competitive at Briar Cliff University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Briar Cliff University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Briar Cliff University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Briar Cliff University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Briar Cliff University.

Transfer students can enroll in Briar Cliff University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Briar Cliff University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Briar Cliff University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Briar Cliff University.

Does Briar Cliff University accept transfer credits?

✅ Briar Cliff University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Briar Cliff University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • Life Long Learning Credit

Does Briar Cliff University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Briar Cliff University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Briar Cliff University?

❌ No, Briar Cliff University is test optional, so you can choose whether to include your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Briar Cliff University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Briar Cliff University is 60%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Briar Cliff University?

❌ Briar Cliff University does not offer early decision.

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Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Briar Cliff University? Briar Cliff University is a somewhat selective institution. The Briar Cliff University acceptance rate is 60%. This means that the institution accepts 59 out of every 100 applicants.


Briar Cliff University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Briar Cliff University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Briar Cliff University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Briar Cliff University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.21. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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