Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University, BCU, is a private university in Sioux City, Iowa that was established in 1930 by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Dubuque. Certificates, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees are offered at the university. Study areas include human resource management, nursing, education, humanities, science, business, music, and social work.

BCU participates in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and is a member of Great Plains Athletic Conference. Students participate in sports like basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, and indoor and outdoor track and field events. The athletics teams are nicked the Chargers. Students can also choose from over forty student organizations including the BCU Nursing Student Association, the Criminal Justice Club, the English and Writing Club, Mentors in Violence Prevention, and the Theatre Club.

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Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca St
Sioux City , IA 51104
General Phone: (712) 279-5321

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Briar Cliff Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management64business, business management, accounting, human resources, management information systems, business and related services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine39registered nursing
Liberal Arts20Spanish language, English, English composition, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, sociology, social studies, ...
Science19biology, chemistry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17health and physical education, exercise science
Medical Support and Technology16radiation therapist, clinical lab tech
Education and Teaching15education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, physical education teaching
Therapy and Counseling12psychology
Family and Social Work10social work
Security and Law Enforcement6criminal justice and administration
Media6mass communication, journalism
Religion and Philosophy4theology
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science, web design
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Design2graphic design
Art Studies1art studies
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art, film and photography

Number of programs and degrees for Briar Cliff in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree23643
Master's degree23
Associate's degree12
Post-master's certificate01
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

Briar Cliff Student Body

In 2007-2008, Briar Cliff had a total enrollment of 1,138 students (1,043 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 88%
Black 3%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 35%
20-21 29%
22-24 12%
25-29 6%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota3%

Briar Cliff Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %

Briar Cliff Room and Board (2007)

Briar Cliff offers campus housing for 577 of its 1,043 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Sioux City, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Briar Cliff Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,510
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,510
Room and board $ 6,411
Room charge $ 3,183
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,228
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,955

Financial Aid:
Briar Cliff participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 184600)

Briar Cliff Faculty

Briar Cliff has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1120
Non-tenured and not on tenure track02

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year12$62,2785$57,525
Associate professoracademic year7$51,7905$46,153
Assistant professoracademic year8$43,93614$44,123
Instructoracademic year1*6$40,925
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year28$53,58531$45,731

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Briar Cliff Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Plains Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Plains Athletic Conference
Track Great Plains Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports6281143

Briar Cliff Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems and Services, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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