Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, IA 51104


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,316
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 12:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 577 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Briar Cliff University has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Briar Cliff University's tuition was $27,684 for all students regardless of residency (3.3% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 98% of Briar Cliff University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 47% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,077 (which is 7.3% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Briar Cliff University in 2016-2017, was 166, which is 90% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $7,092 (which is 20.3% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Briar Cliff University has enrolled a total of 1,316 students (884 students full-time and 432 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,316 students, 145 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 44% men and 56% women and 1,117 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 199 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 317 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 71%

Hispanic: 12%

Black/African American: 8%

Non-resident alien: 4%

Asian: 2%

Two or more races: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Briar Cliff University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 43% 47 17
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 9% 10
Health Professions And Related Programs 7% 8 6
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 4% 4
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4% 4
Psychology 4% 4
Physical Sciences 2% 2
English Language And Literature/letters 2% 2
Visual And Performing Arts 0% 0
Social Sciences 0% 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Briar Cliff University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Briar Cliff University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $33,600. Last year, out of the total 500 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 500 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 629 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 585 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $33,600 $40,300
Employment Rate 100% 93%
Total Graduates 500 629

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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1.3 mile away
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5 mile away
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37.6 mile away
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40.6 mile away
Mount Marty College
55.3 mile away
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62.4 mile away
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