Vision, Values, and Mission.


"Briar Cliff University is the lifelong learning place creating ethical world changers."


  • Catholic Franciscan identity enhanced by the presence and sponsorship of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters and the support of the Diocese of Sioux City.

  • A challenging academic environment which includes a liberal arts education, career preparation, academic integrity, and academic freedom

  • A focus on the student which promotes academic success and extra/co-curricular experiences.

  • Tradition of service to constituents, to the Siouxland community, and beyond.

  • Appreciation of diversity and respect for each person

  • Commitment to shared governance and collaborative decision-making.

  • Innovative response to change empowering a promising and confident future.


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 relationship to others and to God.