Briar Cliff ranks among U.S. “Best Regional Colleges”

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Briar Cliff University ranks among America’s best regional colleges, according to the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2017” edition released today.

“We are honored to have this distinction, and to once again be listed among the best higher education institutions in the nation,” said Dr. Hamid Shirvani, president of Briar Cliff University. “This recognition is proof of the advancements we are making at Briar Cliff to continually enhance the education experience for students. Our strong enrollment and retention rates indicate students and families know that Briar Cliff is committed first and foremost to student success.”

U.S. News & World Report is a multimedia publisher of news, consumer advice, rankings and analysis. Its annual “Best Colleges” study represents a comprehensive look at how schools stack up, based on a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. The overall rankings help students and their families evaluate and compare data compiled from hundreds of accredited four-year colleges and universities.


About Briar Cliff University
Briar Cliff University (BCU), Iowa, is a Catholic Franciscan institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students. BCU students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. BCU’s student-to-faculty ratio is 12-to-1. Briar Cliff offers undergraduate degrees in more than 30 fields of study, including five online degree completion programs for working adults. BCU offers graduate programs in several areas, including nursing, management, behavior analysis and kinesiology and human performance. The university also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. For more information, visit

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