Steps to Enroll - First-Time Freshmen | Briar Cliff University

Freshman Admissions

Chase your dream.

You're searching for the right college fit. That's exciting, but what happens next is even more mind-blowing! Just picture yourself a few years from now. Where will you go? What will you do? What difference will you make?

At Briar Cliff, we're here to help you make that difference — with our caring campus community, small class sizes, hands-on service opportunities and unlimited ways to get involved.

Everyone has a dream. But not everyone is bold enough to chase it — are you?


Admissions Checklist

Complete the following steps to enroll at Briar Cliff University:

1. Complete an Application for Admission.

Your entire admissions process starts with an application to Briar Cliff! Apply online

2. Submit your transcripts and test scores.

You must have a minimum cummulative high school GPA of 2.0 and minimum score of 18 on the ACT to be considered for admission. Email your high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores to, or send them by mail to:

Office of Admissions
Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca St.
Sioux City, Iowa 51104

3. Visit Briar Cliff’s campus.

The best way to experience our scenic, hilltop campus it to see it for yourself. Schedule a visit

4. File for financial aid.

If you plan to receive any form of financial aid, you must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Briar Cliff’s official FAFSA code is 001846. File your FAFSA online

5. Apply for Briar Cliff scholarships.

Briar Cliff offers dozens of scholarships to incoming students; don’t miss out on yours! Apply Today

6. Sign up for Charger Orientation.

This one-day event that is required for all first-time freshmen at Briar Cliff. Register for classes, meet new friends, and discover how BCU is a supportive and caring community! Sign up today. 

7. Complete a housing application.

If you plan to live on campus in one of the residence halls, you must submit an online housing application. Apply for Housing

8. Submit a $75 enrollment deposit.

This deposit is the final step to securing your scholarships and saving your spot in the incoming class at Briar Cliff. Learn more


If you have any questions or concerns, call (712) 279-5200 or contact the Office of Admissions. We're here to help!


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Admission Counselors

Briar Cliff is full of helpful people to guide you through the admissions process, starting with your admissions counselor.

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