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Briarcliffe College

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Type  For-profit college
Undergraduate tuition and fees  14,677 USD (2015)
Graduation rate  36.3% (2014)
Active  1966–2018
Phone  +1 888-348-4999
Briarcliffe College
President  Dr. George Santiago, Jr.
Location  Long Island, New York, America
Address  1055 Stewart Ave, Bethpage, NY 11714, USA
Parent organization  Career Education Corporation
Similar  Five Towns College, Dowling College, Farmingdale State College, New York College of Health Pr, Boricua College

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This is about the college in New York. For the university in Sioux City, Iowa, see Briar Cliff University.


Briarcliffe College is a for-profit postsecondary higher education career school with two campuses located in Long Island, New York. The school is owned by Career Education Corporation. The Bethpage campus serves Nassau County, New York, and the Patchogue campus is located in Suffolk County, New York. The College offers Associate or Bachelor programs in a variety of areas including Healthcare, Graphic Design, Criminal Justice, Business and Technology. Briarcliffe also offers online classes and programs. The college is no longer accepting new students and will close in 2018.

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Briarcliffe was founded in 1966, as a one-year business school in Hicksville, New York. A branch campus opened in 1969 in Mineola/Garden City. This branch was moved to Lynbrook, New York in 1983. In 1979, the New York State Education Department authorized Briarclffe to offer the two-year associate degree in occupational studies. A third campus was established in Patchogue, New York in 1981.

In 1992, Briarcliffe, which had an overwhelmingly female student population, purchased Grumman Data Systems Institute (GDSI), a technical school with a predominantly male enrollment. The combination of the two institutions created a truly coeducational college of approximately 2,000 students. The main campus was moved from Hicksville to the GDSI campus in Woodbury, New York.

In 1994, the school was granted regional accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The college purchased a quarter-million square foot facility on approximately 20 acres (81,000 m2) in Bethpage, New York in 1995. Students from the Lynbrook campus were moved to this new main campus.

In 1996, Briarcliffe become regionally accredited and the school and faculty earned the right to be called Briarcliffe "College". One year later, the college became a 4-year college able to grant baccalaureate degrees. It was purchased by and is a subsidiary of Career Education Corporation.

In 2010, the College offered its first degree programs fully online. Five years later, the college announced that it was no longer accepting new students and would be closed on December 31, 2018.


Briarcliffe College is regionally accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE). The commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation.

Individual programs at Briarcliffe College may also be programmatically accredited by additional agencies as a further indication that a specific program meets or exceeds the agency's standards. These agencies accredit specific educational programs that may help students to proepare for entry into a profession, occupation, or vocation.


Briarcliffe College has eliminated all intercollegiate athletics as of the 2015-16 school year


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