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The Catholic, Franciscan Learning Place.


 

We are the Catholic, Franciscan learning place. Here, each person's dignity is appreciated and celebrated, providing a powerful sense of community and a place to pursue a private, liberal arts education that shapes more than your résumé — it shapes your character.

 

Our Mission

Our Mission


We believe in higher education within a Catholic, liberal arts perspective.

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Our Leadership


Meet our administrators, who are committed and devoted to student success at BCU.

MEET OUR LEADERS

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Our History


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

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Briar Cliff President Appointed to NAICU

Dec 11, 2019

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has appointed Briar Cliff University President, Rachelle Karstens, to serve on the Committee on Tax Policy beginning in 2020.

Dec 10, 2019
Briar Cliff University Recognized for 5 Top Degree Programs in the U.S.
Nov 25, 2019
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Briar Cliff University Join Forces to Provide New Opportunities to Social Work Students
Nov 15, 2019
BCU Music Department presents “A Briar Cliff Christmas”
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