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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 40 states and 18 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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Briar Cliff ranked among Iowa’s safest college campuses

Sep 28, 2016

Briar Cliff University ranks among Iowa’s safest colleges, according to an annual report by the website BackgroundChecks.org.

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Sep 21, 2016

“Angel” BCU alum sees that another Charger can fly home for Christmas

Sep 18, 2016

‘Spirit of family’ makes Briar Cliff feel like home to new president

Sep 16, 2016

Briar Cliff reports enrollment growth for new academic year
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