Briar Cliff University is a small, private institution. As is the case with many tight-knit organizations, it matters who you know at Briar Cliff to get the best financial aid package, best housing situation and best work-study positions. Many students have had family members that have attended Briar Cliff in the past, and there is a definite difference between them and students who are completely new to the BC community. Knowing this, I would not choose to go to Briar Cliff again (even though I feel as though I had an adequate education there). There are other opportunities for better financial aid packages that would have served me better in the long run. However, if you are set on a small, private, Catholic college in a small Iowa town - Briar Cliff is an option that is worth checking out. Just treat your meeting with the financial aid counselor as you would a meeting with a used car salesperson!
When P.T. Barnum donated money to Tufts University, he did so on the condition that the school's mascot be named after his beloved elephant. The Tufts University mascot has been the "Jumbos" ever since.
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