History and Mission

Learn about the Briarcliffe College Long Island history and our educational mission.

Briarcliffe College was founded in 1966 to meet the career-oriented higher education needs of Long Island residents and to help prepare them to pursue success in the business world. We take great pride in knowing our school is woven into the fabric of the Long Island communities we serve. We work closely with local businesses, seeking their input and utilizing their expertise to help shape our curriculum to ensure Briarcliffe students receive a market-relevant education specifically designed to expand their employment opportunities.

The Briarcliffe community is built upon and characterized by the strengths and contributions of all its people. We are committed to achieving and sustaining a pluralistic environment encompassing racial, cultural and ethnic diversity. At Briarcliffe, the emphasis is on our students and on enhancing their opportunities to succeed. We affirm and encourage the rights and abilities of each person to develop his or her full potential.

On December 5, 2015, the college announced plans to discontinue enrolling new students and teach out all currently enrolled student. The teach out all currently enrolled students. The teach out is scheduled for completion in December 2018.

Briarcliffe College is owned by Briarcliffe College Incorporated, which is wholly owned by Career Education Corporation (CEC). CEC is a Delaware corporation with principal offices located at 231 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

The Briarcliffe Mission

Briarcliffe College is a career focused institution of higher learning that provides quality education and support services to a diverse student population.  Our standards of excellence and student centered teaching and learning prepare student for personal and professional growth as well as success in a global economy.

Briarcliffe College is committed to providing superior customer service by delivering personal, individualized attention and anticipating and responding to students’ educational needs in a timely fashion.  Briarcliffe College remains committed to its students beyond graduation by providing continued career assistance and instilling the principles of life-long learning and community involvement.

Briarcliffe College’s Vision Statement

Briarcliffe College is a career-focused, student-centered institution of higher education providing opportunities to a diverse student population.

Briarcliffe College Institutional Goals Statement

  • To provide an admissions process and infrastructure that support the principles of equity, access and diversity
  • To provide a learning environment that responds to the diverse needs of individual students, while developing in them a disposition towards life-long learning and mutual respect
  • To develop in students college- level competencies in general education
  • To develop in students content expertise consistent with their career goals in business, criminal justice, graphic design, health care management, law, and technology
  • To foster a community of scholars and professionals engaged in curricular and extra-curricular activities, including ongoing professional development, community service and academic debate
  • To provide a career services process and infrastructure that supports employment preparation and job search assistance for students consistent with their chosen profession

At Briarcliffe College, help is never far away, so please feel free to contact us at any time to learn more about our school and programs or to apply for admission. Please note that not all programs are available at all locations.

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