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2021 Most Popular Online Library & Information Science Schools

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

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

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Online Library & Information Science Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 26 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for library science majors pursuing an online .

Our analysis found University of Southern Mississippi to be the most popular school for library and information science students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Southern Miss is a fairly large public school located in the city of Hattiesburg.

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#2

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Ashford University is a great place for library and information science students pursuing an online degree. Ashford University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

After completing their degree, library science graduates from Ashford University carry an average student debtload of $28,125. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $292.

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#3

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Wayne State University is a great place for library and information science students pursuing an online degree. Wayne State is a very large public school located in the city of Detroit.

The average amount in student loans that library science majors at Wayne State take out is $40,040. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $466, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is a great place for library and information science students pursuing an online degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent online programs at University of Maine at Augusta helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best library and information science schools in the United States. Located in the distant town of Augusta, UMA is a public school with a small student population.

Library Science majors at UMA take out an average of $24,982 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for library and information science students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Emporia State University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Online Library & Information Science Schools list. Located in the remote town of Emporia, ESU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, library science majors at ESU accumulate an average of around $30,872 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $360, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best library and information science programs. University of Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tucson.

Library Science majors at University of Arizona take out an average of $37,253 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 $434.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for library and information science students. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman.

After completing their degree, library science graduates from University of Oklahoma carry an average student debtload of $24,499. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $285, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

With a ranking of #10, University of Memphis did quite well on this year’s best schools for library and information science students. UofM is a fairly large public school located in the city of Memphis.

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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 139

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 schools only.

  • 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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