Briar Cliff University: Narrative Description

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3303 Rebecca St.
Sioux City, IA 51104-0100
Tel: (712)279-5321
Free: 800-662-3303
Admissions: (712)279-5200
Fax: (712)279-5410
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1930. Setting: 70-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $8.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3900 per student. Total enrollment: 1,116. Faculty: 59 (54 full-time, 5 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,323 applied, 73% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 31% from top quarter, 64% from top half. Full-time: 932 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 152 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 2 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 27% 25 or older, 0% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: (3 10-week terms plus 2 5-week summer sessions). Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Colleges of Mid-America. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, minimum ACT score of 18, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $22,428 includes full-time tuition ($16,560), mandatory fees ($435), and college room and board ($5433). College room only: $2700. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $552 per hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $15.50 per hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 20 open to all; 65% of eligible men and 75% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Ethnic Relations Club, Residence Hall Association, Vision: Campus Programming Board, peer advising leaders. Major annual events: Homecoming, Welcome Week, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 581 college housing spaces available; 568 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Mueller Library with 84,411 books, 21,592 microform titles, 7,786 serials, 10,761 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $230,732. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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