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Campus & Student Life at Briar Cliff University

Home to about 817 undergraduates in 2020, Briar Cliff is a small, private university located in Sioux City, Iowa. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, Briar Cliff offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Briar Cliff can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Briar Cliff Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Briar Cliff University is Affiliated With the Roman Catholic Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the Roman Catholic faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best Roman Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Briar Cliff Has a Disability Services Site

For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Briar Cliff Disability Services.

Briar Cliff for the Military

While not a "service academy", Briar Cliff does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs. For more information, check out our Briar Cliff for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Briar Cliff University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff has a comparatively small, student body. There were 817 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 587 (71.8%). Part-time attendance was 230 (28.2%).


Briar Cliff University is Ranked #110 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Briar Cliff receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank Briar Cliff #110 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Briar Cliff University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Briar Cliff by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Briar Cliff Diversity Guide.

Briar Cliff University Competes in the NIAA

Briar Cliff has a total of 455 student athletes, 311 men and 144 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$4,355,856
Total Expenses (all teams)$4,355,856

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Briar Cliff University Athletics

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