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University of Southern California

Student Performance Data for the Library Science Degree Program

Learn more about the retention rate, graduation rate and time to completion for the USC library & information science degree & certificate.

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Retention Data

The retention table below captures the overall retention for the MMLIS program. The table shows the number of students who began the program each semester, starting with the first cohort in Summer 2013 through the Summer 2021 cohort. Enrollment from the 1st to 2nd semester is a key transition point for students in the program. As such, the retention table shows the percentage of students who enroll for their 2nd semester in the program, where the overall average for the program is 91%. The retention table also tracks average terms to graduation.

Retention Data and Average Time to Completion

Cohorts Number of Entering Students Continued to the Second Term Percentage Retention Average Terms to Graduation
Summer 2013 14 13 93% 5
Fall 2013 9 8 89% 5
Spring 2014 7 7 100% 6
Summer 2014 7 5 71% 6
Fall 2014 9 9 100% 5
Spring 2015 9 9 100% 5
Summer 2015 11 11 100% 5
Fall 2015 18 14 78% 5
Spring 2016 9 8 89% 6
Summer 2016 4 3 75% 5
Fall 2016 12 11 92% 5
Spring 2017 14 12 86% 6
Summer 2017 14 11 79% 6
Fall 2017 33 32 97% 5
Spring 2018 17 13 76% 5
Summer 2018 14 10 71% 6
Fall 2018 26 26 100% 5
Spring 2019 10 9 90% 5
Summer 2019 9 8 89% 5
Fall 2019 23 21 91% 5
Spring 2020 15 15 100% 5
Summer 2020 15 15 100% 5
Fall 2020 22 20 91% N/A
Spring 2021 17 17 100% N/A
Summer 2021 7 7 100% N/A
Grand Total 345 314 91% 5

Student Placement Relevant to MMLIS Degree

Graduation Term

Fall 2014 (89% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 75%

Spring 2015 (100% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 100%

Summer 2015 (100% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 100%

Fall 2015 (100% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 100%

Spring 2016 (100% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 88%

Summer 2016 (86% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 83%

Fall 2016 (87% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 86%

Spring 2017 (75% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 100%

Summer 2017 (75% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 67%

Fall 2017 (66% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 50%

Spring 2018 (64% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 71%

Summer 2018 (75% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 100%

Fall 2018 (78% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 86%

Spring 2019 (92% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 83%

Summer 2019 (93% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 92%

Fall 2019 (100% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 67%

Spring 2020 (90% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 89%

Summer 2020 (87% Response Rate)
Relevant to Degree 71%