About

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.

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

Your story starts here

At Briar Cliff, you matter. Even before you're enrolled, we want you to feel like part of our Cliff community by getting to know our campus and the amazing faculty, staff, and students that call it home.

Situated upon a scenic hilltop overlooking downtown Sioux City and natural prairie land, our picturesque campus gives our students the perfect balance of city life and peaceful nature.

Build your own visit.

Build your own visit, tailored to your interests. Remember, you're the one running the show — so pick a date! Once we hear from you, we'll contact you to iron out the details.

Programs taught in:
  • English