Mission Statement | Briar Cliff University

The Briar Cliff Mission

Briar Cliff University is a community committed to higher education within a liberal arts and Catholic perspective. In the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all, Briar Cliff emphasizes quality education for its students, combining a broad intellectual background with career development. The University challenges its members to grow in self-awareness and in their relationships to others and to God.


Our Values:

  • Our Catholic Franciscan identity, enhanced by the presence and sponsorship of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters and the support of the Diocese of Sioux City
  • Our challenging academic environment, which includes a liberal arts education, career preparation, academic integrity and academic freedom
  • Our focus on the student, which promotes academic success and extra/co-curricular experiences 
  • Our culture of service to our constituents, to the Siouxland community and beyond
  • Our appreciation of diversity and our respect for each person
  • Our commitment to shared governance and collaborative decision making
  • Our innovative response to change, which envisions a promising and confident future


Franciscan Values (PDF)

Information about the Catholic Franciscan values at Briar Cliff University.