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2021 Most Popular Economics Schools

920 Colleges
$47,295 Avg Salary
$21,978 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Economics School for You

In 2018-2019, 48,297 economics students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #6 most popular in the country.

With all the business programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Most Popular Economics Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 920 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 Economics program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Economics Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named University of California - Los Angeles the most popular school in the United States for economics students. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Economics majors at UCLA take out an average of $15,382 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $160, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of California - Berkeley. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Economics Schools list. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, economics graduates from UC Berkeley take out $13,250 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 $138.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Wisconsin - Madison is a great place for economics students. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend The University of Texas at Austin. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Economics Schools list. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population.

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Out of the 920 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Santa Barbara landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, economics graduates from UCSB carry an average student debt load of $14,998. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

New York University

New York, NY

New York University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Economics Schools ranking. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Economics majors at NYU take out an average of $21,500 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 $223.

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With a ranking of #7, University of California - Davis did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for economics students. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Economics majors at UC Davis take out an average of $12,501 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $130, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Economics Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, economics graduates from U-M take out $16,375 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $170, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular economics programs. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population.

Economics majors at UIUC take out an average of $21,000 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 $218.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular economics programs. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park.

After completing their degree, economics graduates from Penn State University Park carry an average student debt load of $25,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Maryland - College Park came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Economics Schools ranking. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

While working on their degree, economics majors at UMCP accumulate an average of around $19,022 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $197.

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#12

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular economics programs. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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University of California - San Diego came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Economics Schools ranking. UCSD is a fairly large public school located in the city of La Jolla.

On average, economics graduates from UCSD take out $15,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Economics Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that economics majors at UMass Amherst take out is $23,250. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Economics Schools list. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

On average, economics graduates from UChicago take out $17,980 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $187.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Economics Schools ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

The average amount in student loans that economics majors at UMN Twin Cities take out is $19,500. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Economics Schools list. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

Economics majors at Boston College take out an average of $15,500 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 $161.

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#18

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for economics students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Economics majors at Boston U take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Economics Schools ranking. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

On average, economics graduates from Columbia take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Queens College

Queens, NY

With a ranking of #20, Queens College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for economics students. Located in the city of Queens, QC is a public college with a large student population.

On average, economics graduates from QC take out $13,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $135, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Connecticut ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Economics Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, economics graduates from UCONN carry an average student debt load of $21,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Economics Schools list. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Economics majors at Northwestern take out an average of $14,300 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $148, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

University of Oregon did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for economics students. It came in at #23 on the list. UO is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Eugene.

While working on their degree, economics majors at UO accumulate an average of around $22,416 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $233.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for economics students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, economics graduates from UNC Chapel Hill take out $15,204 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $158.

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With a ranking of #25, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for economics students. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the city of College Station.

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#26

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#27

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#30

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#31

Utah State University

Logan, UT
#32

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#32

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#34

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#36

University at Albany

Albany, NY
#38

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#40

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#40

Duke University

Durham, NC
#42

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#45

Yale University

New Haven, CT
#46

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#47

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#48

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#50

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Economics Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 920 different United States economics schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 George Washington University Washington, DC
52 University of Delaware Newark, DE
53 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
53 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
55 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
56 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA
57 University of Houston Houston, TX
57 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
59 Fordham University Bronx, NY
60 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
61 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
61 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
63 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
64 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
65 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
66 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
67 Tufts University Medford, MA
68 Brown University Providence, RI
68 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
70 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
71 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
72 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
73 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
74 Emory University Atlanta, GA
75 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
76 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
76 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
78 American University Washington, DC
79 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
80 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
81 Hunter College New York, NY
82 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
82 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
84 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
85 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
86 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
87 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
88 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
89 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
90 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
90 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
90 Williams College Williamstown, MA
93 Clemson University Clemson, SC
94 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD
95 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
96 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
97 Lafayette College Easton, PA
98 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
99 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
100 Stanford University Stanford, CA
100 Rice University Houston, TX
102 Villanova University Villanova, PA
102 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
104 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
104 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
106 Moorpark College Moorpark, CA
107 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
108 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
108 The City College of New York New York, NY
110 Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills, CA
110 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
110 Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA
110 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
114 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
115 Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA
116 Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA
117 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
118 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
119 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
119 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
119 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
122 Florida International University Miami, FL
122 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
124 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
124 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
126 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
126 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
126 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
126 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
130 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
130 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
130 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
133 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
134 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
135 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
136 Trinity College Hartford, CT
136 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
138 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Economics students that almost earned our Most Popular Economics Schools award.

Rank College Location
139 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
139 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
141 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
141 Washington State University Pullman, WA
141 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
144 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
144 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
144 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
144 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
148 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
148 College of San Mateo San Mateo, CA
150 Hamilton College Clinton, NY
151 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
152 Clark University Worcester, MA
152 Centre College Danville, KY
154 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
154 Davidson College Davidson, NC
154 Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, CA
157 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
157 Towson University Towson, MD
159 Amherst College Amherst, MA
159 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
161 Ohlone College Fremont, CA
162 Barnard College New York, NY
162 Colby College Waterville, ME
164 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
164 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
164 Baruch College New York, NY
167 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
167 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
167 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
170 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
171 Denison University Granville, OH
171 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
173 University of Georgia Athens, GA
173 United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy, CO
175 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
176 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
176 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
176 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
179 Bates College Lewiston, ME
179 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
179 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
182 Portland State University Portland, OR
182 Pace University - New York New York, NY
182 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
182 Willamette University Salem, OR

Economics by Region

View the Most Popular Economics Schools for a specific region near you.

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

Economics Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Economics 34,159
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics 11,931
Applied Economics 727
Development Economics & International Development 628
Other Economics 488
International Economics 364

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 pixabay.

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