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International Student Required Procedures

To be considered for admission to Briar Cliff University, the international student should provide the following:

1. A completed online application for admission

2. An application fee of $20 (U.S. dollars, non-refundable)

3. An official academic transcript sent directly from all previously attended high schools, secondary schools, colleges and/or universities. We also accept official transcripts sent to us electronically via e-SCRIP SAFE or Docufide. We cannot accept scanned or faxed transcripts. We recommend use of a private courier (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.) for delivery of official paper transcripts to Briar Cliff University.

4. Official academic transcripts for previously attended, non-U.S. colleges or universities must be sent to an academic credentialing service for course-by-course evaluation.

5. All non-English speaking students must submit results of the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). Admission to Briar Cliff requires a minimum 525 score for the written test; 193 for the computerized test and 70 on the Internet-based test. Satisfactory scores on either the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Board Schoalstic Assessment Test (SAT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be substituted for the TOEFL at the discretion of the Vice President for Enrollment Managmeent. Briar Cliff University's code number for TOEFL is 6046.

6. A letter of recommendation from a professor or teacher. 

7. If you plan to compete in intercollegiate athletics at Briar Cliff, you must satisfy a minimum of two out of the following three requirements for NAIA eligibility:

  • Submit a score of 18 or higher on the American College Test (ACT) or 860 on the College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Graduate in the top half of your high-school class.

8. A certified letter from a financial guarantor (bank) confirming that costs while in attendance at Briar Cliff University will be underwritten.

Test scores, transcripts, documents and financial certifications should be sent to:

Attn: International Office of Admissions,
Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA, 51104
United States of America 


NOTE: A Certification of Eligibility (Form I-20) will not be issued until this form is completed and returned. Briar Cliff University, in compliance with U.S. Immigration Service regulations, requires this information to ensure that you have adequate financial resources during your stay. Proof of sufficient financial resources will also be required by the U.S. Consulate before a student visa will be issued.


PHONE: (712) 279-1774
E-MAIL: Judith.SchererConnealy

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Send all paperwork to:

International Admissions,
Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
United States of America