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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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Charger athletes team up with 7-year-old to battle pediatric cancer

Sep 25, 2015

Briar Cliff University student athletes laced up gold shoestrings and wore gold jerseys on Sept. 26 for Kennedy — a 7-year-old Sioux City girl who is battling leukemia.

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Sep 24, 2015

Homecoming royalty crowned at The Cliff

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Graduate nursing programs awarded half-million dollar grant

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