Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA

Briar Cliff is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. It was founded as a two-year college for women in 1930, became a four-year college in 1937, and adopted coeducation in 1966. Its 70-acre campus is located near downtown Sioux City.

Website: www.briarcliff.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,117
Undergraduate
Students
(55.5%) 620 Women
(44.5%) 497 Men
199
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
51% of 1,741 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
 

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.23
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
18-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$43,426
Tuition and Fees
$29,786
Room and Board
$9,086
Average Percent of Need Met
30%
Average Freshman Award
$33,359
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$29,484
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Other
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
64
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 36% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 19% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Sioux City Population
82,459
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
30% of all students
Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Chargers
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
2.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian
9.8% Black/African-American
16.0% Hispanic/Latino
1.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.9% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.9% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
4.1%
First-Year Students Returning
78.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 3  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 3  
History 3  
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
3303 Rebecca Street
City, State, Zip
Sioux City, IA 51104-0100
Phone
(712) 279-5200
Fax
(712) 279-5410
E-mail
admissions@briarcliff.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
 
Application Fee
$20
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
3 required for some freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
51% of 1,741 applicants were admitted
Women
62% of 612 applicants were admitted
Men
58% of 879 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
380 (43%) of 892 admitted students enrolled
Women
208 (54%) of 382 admitted students enrolled
Men
172 (34%) of 510 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.23
3.75 and Above
20%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
19%
2.00 - 2.49
10%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
18-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
4%
Score of 24 - 29
21%
Score of 18 - 23
62%
Score of 12 - 17
13%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 11%
Top quarter: 25%
Top half: 72%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$43,426
Tuition and Fees
$29,786
Room and Board
$9,086
Books and Supplies
$1,339
Other Expenses
$3,215
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
March 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning February 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001846
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
184 (99.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
158 (85.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
158 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
45 (28.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
30%
Average Award
$33,359
Need-Based Gift
Received by 157 (99.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $16,633
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 130 (82.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,784
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 38 (24.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
25 (13.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,324

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
778 (98.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
656 (84.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
655 (99.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
156 (23.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
26%
Average Award
$30,582
Need-Based Gift
Received by 648 (98.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $14,647
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 562 (85.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,478
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 160 (24.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
133 (16.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,524

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
92%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$29,484
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
Alternative loans, partnership loans, Minnesota SELF Loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, First-Generation College Students, International Students, Members of Minorities
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Other
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Graphic Design
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music, General
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Theology/Theological Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
 
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
64
Part-Time Faculty
58
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
39%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 36% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 19% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 33% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 36% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 20% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Human Resources Management
  • Nursing--General

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Sioux City Population
82,459
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
75 acres

Weather

Temperature
7.7 average low in January, 82.1 average high in September
Rain
99 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Sioux City
Nearest Train Station
90 mile(s) from campus in Omaha, NE

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing
Students in College Housing
30% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
84%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Chargers
School Colors
Royal blue and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x x    
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Wrestling     x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading    
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Wrestling x x
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, golf, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, residence hall association, briar cliff student government, choices, blue crew, catholic daughters of america
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,117
Women
620 (55.5%)
Men
497 (44.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
797
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
2.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian
9.8% Black/African-American
16.0% Hispanic/Latino
1.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.9% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.9% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students.
4.1%
Average Age
23
All Graduate Students
199

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
78.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.7%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
43.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
44.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 0.37%
Law 0.74%
Dentistry 0.37%
Medicine 1.86%
Education 0.74%
Other 1.49%

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