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CIDA Data

CIDA Student Achievement Data 
The University of Southern Mississippi
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

In accordance with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accreditation requirements, the Southern Miss Interior Design Program collects and publishes information regarding student achievement including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs. 

Length of Program:
It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 15 credits per semester four years to complete an interior design degree, while students that transfer or change their major into interior design can expect to complete the degree in three years taking on average 12-15 credits per semester.

Data Collection Method:

The following data was collected using institutional records and an alumni survey that was administered 3 months after graduation.

Job Placement Rates for Recent Graduates:

  • 100% of graduates from the May 2018 graduating class were employed within the design field by Sept. 1, 2018.
  • 100% of graduates from the May 2017 graduating class were employed within the design field by Sept. 1, 2017.
  • 90% of graduates from the May 2016 graduating class were employed within the design field by Sept. 1, 2016
  • 100% of graduates from the May 2015 graduating class were employed within the design field by Sept. 1, 2015.
  • 72% of the students that graduated in May 2014 were employed in a design firm by May 1, 2014 (before they graduated).
  • 91% of students that graduated in May 2013 were employed in a design related position by Jan. 1st of 2014.

Graduate School Acceptance Rate:

  • No students from the May 2018 graduating class applied to graduate school.
  • No students from the May 2017 graduating class applied to graduate school.
  • 100% (2 students) from the May 2016 graduating class that applied to graduate school were accepted. (Univ. of Minnesota M. Arch. and Savannah College of Art and Design).
  • No students from the May 2015 graduating class applied to graduate school
  • 100% of graduates from the May 2011 and 2012 graduating classes who applied to graduate school were accepted.   No graduates from 2013 and 2014 have applied to graduate school.
  • Recent graduates (2011-present) are currently attending Florida State University and Stephen F. Austin University earning a M.S. Degree in Interior Design.

Graduation Rates:

  • 33.3% of students from the May 2018 graduating class graduated within 4 years while 66.7% graduated in 5 years.
  • 16.7% of the students from the May 2017 graduating class graduated within 4 years while 63.6% graduated in 5 years.
  • 100% of the students from the May 2016 graduating class graduated within 4 years of declaring Interior Design as their major.
  • 100% of the students from the May 2015 graduating class graduated within 4 years of declaring Interior Design as their major.
  • 88 % of students who entered the junior level studio courses in fall 2012 graduated in May 2014.
  • 71 % of the students from the class of 2014 graduated in 4 years.
  • 50% of the students from the class of 2013 graduated in 4 years.

Retention/Attrition Rates:

  • 89% of the Interior Design Majors enrolled during the Spring 2018 semester returned in the Fall 2018, putting attrition at 11%
  • 84% of the Interior Design Majors enrolled during the Spring 2017 semester returned in the Fall 2017, putting attrition at 16%
  • 84% of the Interior Design Majors enrolled during the Spring 2016 semester returned in the Fall 2016, putting attrition at 16%
  • 83% of the Interior Design Majors enrolled during the Spring 2015 semester returned in the Fall 2015, putting attrition at 17%
  • 100% of interior design majors enrolled during the 2014 spring semester are returning for the fall 2014 semester to continue their degree program in Interior Design, putting attrition at 0%.
  • 77% of interior design majors enrolled during the 2013 spring semester returned for the fall 2013 semester to continue their degree program in Interior Design, putting attrition at 23%. 


Page Last Edited on May 3, 2019

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