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Pursue a private, liberal arts education that shapes more than your résumé — it shapes your character. Home to more than 1,100 students from 31 states and nine countries, Briar Cliff provides a powerful sense of community. We are the Catholic Franciscan Learning Place, where each person’s dignity is appreciated and celebrated. Request more info »

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Out of a hill covered in briar patches, a thriving university sprouted.

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Homecoming royalty crowned at The Cliff

Sep 24, 2015

Seniors Reid Linden and Raina Bassett have been crowned Briar Cliff University’s 2015 Homecoming King and Queen.

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Graduate nursing programs awarded half-million dollar grant

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Briar Cliff honored as “Gold Medal” Champions of Character institution

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