Academics | Briar Cliff University

Academics at Briar Cliff

A liberal arts education.

Real life isn’t divided into academic disciplines.  It’s a mixed bag of art and science and math and history and communication, all connected in a million different ways. At Briar Cliff, studying liberal arts along with your chosen field of study will prepare you for more than a career — it will prepare you for life.

Professors who know you by name.

Briar Cliff faculty are published authors, Fulbright Scholars, performers at Carnegie Hall and contributors to the Human Genome Project. But most importantly, they care about your success as a student. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio also leads to lasting relationships. Look around campus, and you'll find students and professors teaming up on research, working side-by-side on service projects and even grabbing lunch together in the cafeteria.

Preparation for career success.

Your diploma isn't the end of your Briar cliff experience. In fact, it's just the beginning. That's why 95 percent of Briar Cliff students are employed or attending a graduate school within six months of graduation.

Olivia Matz Study Abroad Ruins

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.

Olivia Matz

Biology and Spanish

Degrees & Programs

Chemistry 2


Choose from more than 40 of areas of study at the undergraduate or graduate level.


Travel & Study Abroad

Travel Opportunities


What better time than college? At BCU, there are abundant opportunities for travel and adventure.


Learning Communities

Learning Communities


Find a group of friends and professors with similar interests, and adjust to college together.



Briar Cliff announces new Master of Science in Nursing program for Psychiatric Mental Health

Jun 26, 2019

The Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff University revealed its newest nursing program, the Master of Science in Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, at a press conference on June 26 on Briar Cliff’s campus.

May 13, 2019
Briar Cliff University announces commencement graduates
May 6, 2019
Briar Cliff University faculty receive National Credential in Teaching Excellence
Apr 16, 2019
Briar Cliff music professor contributes resource guides to music textbook