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2021 Best Library & Information Science Schools

47 Colleges
$41,496 Avg Salary
$36,654 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Library & Information Science School for You

Library & Information Science is the #145 most popular major in the country with 5,643 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

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The Best Library & Information Science Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 47 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Library & Information Science Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for library science majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Library & Information Science Schools

Our analysis found University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus to be the best school for library and information science students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. CU Anschutz is a very large public school located in the city of Denver.

After completing their degree, library science graduates from CU Anschutz carry an average student debtload of $24,624. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $287.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Maryland - College Park is a great place for library and information science students. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of College Park.

On average, library science graduates from UMCP take out $35,175 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $410.

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CUNY Queens College

Queens, NY

Out of the 47 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, CUNY Queens College landed the # 3 spot on the list. Queens is a fairly large public school located in the city of Queens.

While working on their degree, library science majors at Queens accumulate an average of around $18,500 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $216.

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The excellent programs at Rutgers University - New Brunswick helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best library and information science schools in the United States. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

Library Science majors at Rutgers New Brunswick take out an average of $41,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $478.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Sam Houston State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Library & Information Science Schools list. Located in the town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public school with a very large student population.

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St John’s University - New York landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best library and information science programs. Located in the large city of Queens, STJ is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, library science majors at STJ accumulate an average of around $27,647 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $322, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #7 on this year’s Best Library & Information Science Schools list. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, library science graduates from UIUC carry an average student debtload of $34,737. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $405, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Southern California landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best library and information science programs. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Library Science majors at USC take out an average of $91,533 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,067.

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#9

Simmons University

Boston, MA

Simmons University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Library & Information Science Schools list. Simmons is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

After completing their degree, library science graduates from Simmons carry an average student debtload of $45,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $524.

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#10

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

With a ranking of #10, Syracuse University did quite well on this year’s best schools for library and information science students. Located in the city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, library science majors at Syracuse accumulate an average of around $46,442 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $541.

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Library & Information Science by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Library & Information Science is one of 2 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Library & Archives Assisting 422
[Other Library & Archives Assisting](/majors/Library Science/Other Library & Archives Assisting/rankings/best-schools/) 139

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Diliff.

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