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2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools

817 Colleges
$40,821 Avg Salary
$25,596 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Business/Commerce School for You

General Business/Commerce is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 3rd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 58,451 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

With all the business programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 817 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for business students.

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2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools in the United States

Check out the general business programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools in General Business

Our 2021 rankings named Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global the best school in the United States for general business/commerce students. Located in the rural area of Marion, IWU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Out of the 506 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the # 2 spot on the list. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at MIT take out is $41,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $478, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwestern University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

General Business majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $74,790 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $871, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Chicago is a great place for general business/commerce students. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Out of the 506 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Pennsylvania landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

With a ranking of #6, University of Notre Dame did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Notre Dame take out is $31,828. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $358.

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#7

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#8

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, general business graduates from Wake Forest University take out $19,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $197.

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#9

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from NYU carry an average student debtload of $19,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $197.

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With a ranking of #10, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester.

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#12

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #12 on the list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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#13

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bloomington.

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#14

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

On average, general business graduates from Emory take out $64,010 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $746, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Indiana University - Bloomington did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #15 on the list. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

On average, general business graduates from IU Bloomington take out $27,805 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $307.

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#16

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #16, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Northeastern accumulate an average of around $40,082 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $450.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the remote town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#18

Union County College

Cranford, NJ

With a ranking of #18, Union County College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the suburb of Cranford, Union County College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Union County College take out is $8,480. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $88.

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#19

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

North Hennepin Community College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #20 on the list. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population.

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#22

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech ranked #22 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

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#23

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public college with a small student population.

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#24

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #24 on the list. UGA is a very large public school located in the city of Athens.

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#25

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University ranked #25 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

On average, general business graduates from Michigan State take out $61,500 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $717.

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Rest of the Top Best General Business/Commerce Schools

#32

Baylor University

Waco, TX
#33

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA
#34

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY
#35

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#36

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
#37

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#40

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND
#43

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, MN
#44

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#45

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
#48

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#49

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#50

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best General Business/Commerce Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 817 different United States general business/commerce schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
52 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY
53 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
54 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
55 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
56 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, MA
57 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
58 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
59 Edison State Community College Piqua, OH
60 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
61 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
62 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
63 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
64 Siena College Loudonville, NY
65 Ashland University Ashland, OH
66 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
67 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
68 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
69 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
70 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
71 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
72 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
73 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
74 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
75 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Business/Commerce students that almost earned our Best General Business/Commerce Schools award.

Rank College Location
76 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
77 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
78 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
79 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
80 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
81 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
82 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
83 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
84 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
85 Fordham University Bronx, NY
86 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
87 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
88 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
89 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
90 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
91 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
92 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
93 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
94 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
95 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
96 Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto Mont Alto, PA
97 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
98 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
99 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
100 Strayer University - Maryland Suitland, MD
101 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA

General Business/Commerce by Region

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

General Business/Commerce is one of 21 different types of business programs to choose from.

General Business Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Business/Commerce 58,451

Majors Similar to General Business

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

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 U.S. Consulate General Munich.

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