Fast Facts about BCU
Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
FAFSA Code: 001846
GRE Code: 7301
DPT Program* GRE Code: 1700
College Names: Briar Cliff College (1930-2001) Briar Cliff University (2001-present)
Founded by: Sister of Saint Francis of Dubuque, IA (Catholic, Franciscan)
Type: Private, Liberal Arts
2017 Enrollment: 1,187
2016 Enrollment: 1,316
Demographics: Students come from 41 states, Armed Forces Post Office, Puerto Rico and 16 foreign countries.
Race/Ethnicity: 35 percent minority students, including African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and additional ethnicities (traditional undergraduates, Fall 2017)
Male/Female Ratio (percentage): 54 percent male, 46 percent female (first-time, first-year freshman, Fall 2017)
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Average ACT (2016 freshmen): 21.1
Average GPA (2016 freshmen): 3.2
COST & FINANCIAL AID*
Tuition & Fees: $28,650
Average financial aid award: $23,000
(including federal & state grants and loans)
First-time, full-time students receiving aid (percentage): 100%
All students receiving aid (percentage): 93.3%
*These numbers reflect full-time undergraduates for the 2017-18 academic year. For more information, see academic costs. All awards require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Briar Cliff's FAFSA code is 001846.
Activities: More than 30 student clubs and organizations.
Students living on campus: 46% (full-time undergraduates)
Campus: Suburban - 70 acres
Residence Life: With four residence halls (Alverno, Baxter-DiGiovanni, Noonan and Toller), there is a capacity of 562 students.
The Briar Cliff Chargers field varsity teams in 18 different sports. The Chargers compete in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), which is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Mascot: Bolt (Horse)
Colors: Blue and gold
*Effective April 29, 2015, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Briar Cliff University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.
Briar Cliff is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400,
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Phone: (800) 621-7440
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