Why Briar Cliff?

Testimonials for BCU

Dominic Schweder

Meet Dominic Schweder

We have the chance to help less fortunate people file their taxes through the VITA program, and it's great experience, too.

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Beccy Dodunski at a pool table

Meet Rebecca Dodunski ...

Being from England, I'm a long way from home — but I'm too busy at Briar Cliff to be homesick!

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Brianna Eaton

Meet Brianna Eaton ...

Thanks to volleyball and academics, I got great scholarships that convinced me to come to BCU!

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Dom Wetzbarger

Meet Dom Wetzbarger ...

I was one of 20 students selected nationwide to attend a nationwide leadership summit. It was a great opportunity!

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Anne Collins sitting at a desk

Meet Annie Schaffer...

I love working in our new digital media lab with the other graphic design students.

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Angelica Mercado

Meet Angelica Mercado ...

I'm thinking about being a museum curator or an art therapist. I've seen how art can change people's lives!

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Willie Massay in a hospital training room

Meet Willie Massay ...

I've always been interested in patient care. Being able to help the sick appealed to me.

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Emma Bruns

Meet Emma Bruns ...

I knew I wanted to attend BCU as soon as I visited the campus. The scholarship I received made my dream possible.

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Nathan Meendering

Meet Nathan Meendering ...

My dream is to produce music for TV shows and movies. The Cliff Singers even performed one of the pieces I composed.

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Jessi Corrick

Meet Jessi Corrick ...

I had no idea about the behavior analytic world when I started college. But ever since I was introduced to the science, I have found my passion ... I get to do something with my life that will benefit others.

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Maddie Peschong

Meet Maddie Peschong ...

The world of media is evolving, and you have to know photography, design, video, social media – and I learned all of it at BCU.

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Shannon Van Beest

Meet Shannon Van Beest

The faculty I’ve worked with and education I’ve obtained at BCU are outstanding.

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Ashley Van Cleave

Meet Ashley Van Cleave

“I had never even considered research as a career option until I started working on a research project and realized how much I enjoyed the challenge that research presents,” she said. “Since I had this experience at Briar Cliff, it was an easier transition into my current job.”

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Olga Guevara

Meet Olga Guevara

"Briar Cliff feels like home,” she said. “I think that its values are embedded in the campus culture."

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Kristen Twedt

Meet Kristin Twedt

"This experience has helped me with my graduate school applications, learning how to present under different situations (classroom vs research presentation) and to different audiences and how to adapt to these differences," said Kristin.

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Jessica Welter

Meet Jessica Welter

“There is an overwhelming feeling that everyone cares about everyone at Briar Cliff.”

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Tobe Ezimora

Meet Tobe Ezimora

"One of the great things about Briar Cliff is that there is not just one person who goes above and beyond on campus to support you in your goals in life, but almost everyone does," said Tobe. "In every single year at the Cliff I can name a different professor, staff, or student who gave me tremendous aid to make my time here successful."

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Carlye Polacek

Meet Carlye Polacek

"I think the biggest lesson you learn being at Briar Cliff is that you can always find a helping hand."

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Kendra Kersting at The Cliff

Meet Kendra Kersting

"I really enjoyed my time here. I encourage people to try new things and get out of their comfort zone," she said. "I'm so glad I stayed and it was because of the people here."

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Tyler Drey

Meet Tyler Drey

"Helping others reach their health and athletic goals is my passion."

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Reynaldy Janvier

Meet Reynaldy Janvier

Looking back on his time at Briar Cliff, Reynaldy advised new BCU students to make the most of every opportunity. "These four years will fly by, but stay focused and remember why you came to college."

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Colby Twist

Meet Colby Twist

"The best advice I can provide for any current or future BCU student would be to find out what you are passionate about and to immerse yourself in every opportunity you can."

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Jameel Cunningham

Meet Jameel Cunningham

“Pursue your interest and get to know someone in the area from that field,” said Jameel. “Most people are willing to help you succeed if you reach out and ask.”

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Sam Sneed

Meet Sam Sneed

“My professors and the accounting program did a great job of preparing me for my career path."

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Emily Sanburg

Meet Emily Sanburg

Some of the best people and opportunities come into your life in the most unexpected places.

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Emory Sandoval

Meet Emery Sandoval

"Be involved as much as you can, you won't regret it," she said. "And enjoy your time at Briar Cliff because it passes by way too fast!"

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Erin Small

Meet Erin Small

"I am BCU because I believe in our mission," she says. "The community of people here is remarkable."

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Melanie Krieps Mergen

Meet Melanie Krieps Mergen

“Now that I’m in a graduate program for writing, I’m realizing now more than ever how outstanding the Modern Languages department is,” says Melanie. “My time as an English major at Briar Cliff gave me the foundation I needed to hit the ground running.”

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Michael Rykaczewski

Meet Michael Rykaczewski

"It doesn't matter where you're from. The faculty and staff are unbelievably supportive and they want to see you succeed. My choice to come here could not have worked out any better."

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Jordyn Lamoureux

Meet Jordyn Lamoureux

Since I was little, I have always tried to go out of my way to help others, so working as an academic peer mentor just came naturally to me.

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Olivia Matz Study Abroad Ruins

Meet Olivia Matz

When you leave the country, you quickly realize that the world is a bigger place than what you thought. Now is the time to build those worldwide relationships and connections.

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Tyler Hill

Meet Tyler Hill

Arizona native and criminal justice major Tyler Hill may not be a big fan of Iowa's winters, but the caring community he discovered at Briar Cliff makes up for it.

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Nicole Hemelberg Golf

Meet Nicole Hemelberg

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

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Ikram Omar

Meet Ikram Omar

Step out of your comfort zone and be as involved as possible. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

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Rachel DeMoss

Meet Rachel DeMoss

Don't overwork yourself, but be as involved as you can because it will help you feel less homesick.

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Darnell Prince

Meet Darnell Prince

Meeting new people, seeing different personalities, and making new connections will help my future.

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Zach Sortino

Meet Zach Sortino

Get to know people and make connections because everyone here can bring you closer to an opportunity and become a friend that you can stick with for a long time.

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Megan Gosz-Siquerios

Meet Megan Gosz-Siqueiros

The staff just wants us to feel at home and you couldn’t ask for more.

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Esly Ovando

Meet Esly Ovando

I am extremely happy I made the right decision to finish my education at a school that cares so much about me and my education. Thank you BCU for giving me the opportunity to turn my dreams into reality.

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Renata Valencia

Meet Renata Valencia

It’s definitely worth it. Not only because what you see and learn is unique, but you also get the chance to be in another country and learn their traditions, cuisine, background and language.

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Erik Ingenluijff

Meet Erik Ingenluijff

Coming to Briar Cliff has been one of the best things that could have happened to me.

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Tony Kollasch

Meet Tony Kollasch

Academically, I felt that the programs that I was interested in would provide a strong foundation for pursuing a career in physical therapy. Coming from a small school, I liked the small class sizes and getting the chance to build a relationship with my teachers. Furthermore, I was drawn in by the sense of community that I felt on campus.

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