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2021 Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools

959 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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Business Degree Central has created its Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 959 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Business/Commerce program at each school on the list.

Check out the general business programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found Indiana University - Bloomington to be the most popular school for general business/commerce students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

General Business majors at IU Bloomington take out an average of $27,805 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $307.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northwestern University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from Northwestern carry an average student debt load of $74,790. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $871, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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

After completing their degree, general business graduates from Northeastern carry an average student debt load of $40,082. 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Missouri - Columbia. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from Mizzou carry an average student debt load of $26,114. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $290, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Out of the 959 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, SUNY Empire State College landed the # 4 spot on the list. SUNY Empire is a large public school located in the suburb of Saratoga Springs.

On average, general business graduates from SUNY Empire take out $23,023 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $238, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from IUPUI carry an average student debt load of $26,848. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $295.

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University of Central Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #7 on the list. UCF is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at UCF take out is $28,346. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $316, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Columbia College Missouri accumulate an average of around $28,442 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 $311.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

On average, general business graduates from MIT take out $41,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $478, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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San Jacinto Community College ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. San Jacinto College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

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With a ranking of #12, Strayer University - Global Region did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the large city of Washington, Strayer University - Global Region is a private for-profit school with a large student population.

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Strayer University - Virginia came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Arlington, Strayer University - Virginia is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Strayer University - Georgia ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Strayer University - Georgia is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the suburb of Atlanta.

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University of Missouri - St Louis landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, UMSL is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at UMSL take out is $22,625. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $250.

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Virginia Commonwealth University ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. VCU is a very large public school located in the city of Richmond.

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#17

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

University of Oregon came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. UO is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Eugene.

While working on their degree, general business majors at UO accumulate an average of around $18,500 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $192, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Charles, Lindenwood University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Lindenwood University take out is $30,030. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $331, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. UK is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lexington.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from UK carry an average student debt load of $24,490. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $272.

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#20

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD

Montgomery College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. Located in the small city of Rockville, Montgomery College is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Montgomery College take out is $8,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $83.

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#21

New York University

New York, NY

New York University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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

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University of Missouri - Kansas City came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. UMKC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Kansas City.

On average, general business graduates from UMKC take out $26,795 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 $299.

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#23

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Kaplan University-Indianapolis ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a fairly large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

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#24

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #24 on the list. Gonzaga is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Spokane.

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#25

Georgia Gwinnett College

Lawrenceville, GA

Georgia Gwinnett College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, Georgia Gwinnett College is a public school with a large student population.

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#28

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
#34

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#34

South Texas College

McAllen, TX
#36

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#37

College of Staten Island CUNY

Staten Island, NY
#38

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#39

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#40

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#41

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX
#42

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT
#44

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA
#48

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#49

Mercer University

Macon, GA
#50

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 959 different United States general business/commerce schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
52 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX
53 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
54 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
55 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
56 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
56 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
58 Boise State University Boise, ID
59 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
60 Strayer University - Florida Tampa, FL
60 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
62 Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, NJ
63 Indiana University - Southeast New Albany, IN
64 Excelsior College Albany, NY
64 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
66 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
67 Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA
67 Strayer University - Pennsylvania Trevose, PA
69 Indiana University - East Richmond, IN
70 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
71 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
72 University of Denver Denver, CO
73 Indiana University - South Bend South Bend, IN
73 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
75 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
76 Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI
77 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
78 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
78 Strayer University - South Carolina Greenville, SC
80 Strayer University - Texas Austin, TX
81 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
82 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
83 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
84 Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, CA
85 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
86 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
87 Tunxis Community College Farmington, CT
87 Post University Waterbury, CT
89 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
90 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
91 Strayer University - Tennessee Memphis, TN
92 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
92 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
92 Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY
95 Union County College Cranford, NJ
96 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
97 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
98 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
99 Ohlone College Fremont, CA
100 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
101 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
102 Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR
103 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
104 Montana State University - Billings Billings, MT
105 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
106 Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA
107 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
107 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
109 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
109 Murray State University Murray, KY
111 Indiana University - Northwest Gary, IN
111 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
113 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
114 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
115 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
116 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
117 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
118 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
118 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
120 Clark College Vancouver, WA
120 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
122 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
122 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
124 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
125 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
125 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
127 Green River College Auburn, WA
128 West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg, WV
129 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
130 Cascadia College Bothell, WA
130 Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo, CO
130 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
133 Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, IN
134 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
134 Belmont University Nashville, TN
136 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
136 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
136 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
139 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
139 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC
139 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
142 Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA
142 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for General Business/Commerce students that almost earned our Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools award.

Rank College Location
144 Highline College Des Moines, WA
144 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
144 Adams State University Alamosa, CO
147 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
148 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
149 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
149 University of Mississippi University, MS
149 Everett Community College Everett, WA
152 North Lake College Irving, TX
152 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
154 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
154 Strayer University - District of Columbia Washington, DC
156 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
156 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
156 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
156 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
160 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ
160 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA
162 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
162 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
164 Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA
164 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
164 North Seattle College Seattle, WA
167 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
167 Marshall University Huntington, WV
169 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
169 Edison State Community College Piqua, OH
171 University of North Texas Denton, TX
171 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
173 Housatonic Community College Bridgeport, CT
173 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
175 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
175 Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
175 Fort Lewis College Durango, CO
175 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
175 South Seattle College Seattle, WA
180 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
180 Pennsylvania State University - Abington Abington, PA
182 Frederick Community College Frederick, MD
182 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
182 Howard College Big Spring, TX
185 Asnuntuck Community College Enfield, CT
185 SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA
185 Framingham State University Framingham, MA
185 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
189 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
189 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
189 James A Rhodes State College Lima, OH

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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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