Residence Life | Briar Cliff University

Residence Life

The Briar Cliff University campus has four residence halls with a housing capacity of 580 students. Each hall is staffed by an area coordinator and resident assistants (RAs) on each floor.



Freshmen and transfer students must complete and submit a Residence Hall Application as part of the enrollment process. The application includes a $75 enrollment deposit. Roommate selections will begin in the spring.



Briar Cliff University believes that living on campus is a vital part of the college experience. The best college experience is one where the curriculum and the co-curriculum are seamlessly integrated. Given that the educational benefits of a residential education are many and well-documented, Briar Cliff University enforces the following residency policy:

“It is the policy of Briar Cliff University that all full-time undergraduate students live in campus housing and are enrolled in a meal plan until they have reached senior class standing (91 credit hours).” University Student Handbook

Exceptions to this housing policy will include students living with their parents or legal guardians within commuting distance (40 miles) of campus or individuals establishing independent status.

An independent student meets one (or more) of the following guidelines:

  1. Is at least 23 years of age.
  2. Is married.
  3. Has children.
  4. Is a veteran.
  5. Achieves independent status according to federal financial aid guidelines.


Residence Life Staff

Dave Arens
David Arens
Assistant Dean of Student Development; Director of Housing
Ashley Pawlowski
Ashley Pawlowski
Area Coordinator, Alverno and Toller Halls