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Bachelor’s Degrees in Library & Information Science

99 Yearly Graduations
$30,500 Median Salary
$26,554 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in library science is offered at 11 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 20% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Education Levels of Library Science Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 students earned their bachelor's degree in library science. This earns it the #282 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in library science at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 5,044
Graduate Certificate 423
Bachelor’s Degree 99
Doctor’s Degree 39
Associate’s Degree 35
Undergraduate Certificate 3

Earnings of Library Science Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in library science is $30,500. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $26,950 and the high is $34,050.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in library science is $26,554. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,339 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $25,768.

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The median monthly payment of a library science graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $276.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in library science. About 87.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 12
Women 87
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Library Science

The racial-ethnic distribution of library science bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 7
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 79
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 5
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Library Science Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 11 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in library science. Learn more about the most popular 11 below:

#1

Ashford University

San Diego, California
37 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for library science majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 32,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their bachelor's degree in library science from Ashford University. About 89% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
20 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern Mississippi is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in library science. Roughly 14,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,786 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 bachelor's degrees were handed out to library science majors at Southern Miss. Of these students, 90% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

19 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maine at Augusta comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in library science. Each year, around 4,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The library science program at University of Maine at Augusta awarded 19 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

14 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Nebraska at Omaha is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in library science. Roughly 15,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,224 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,558 per year.

The library science program at University of Nebraska at Omaha awarded 14 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 93% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in library science. Each year, around 8,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

The library science program at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania awarded 5 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

Southern Connecticut State University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in library science. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,675 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 bachelor's degrees were handed out to library science majors at SCSU.

#7

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Emory and Henry College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in library science. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,743 per year.

The library science program at Emory and Henry College awarded 1 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to library science that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded

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*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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