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2021 Best Finance & Financial Management Schools

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Finding the Best Finance & Financial Management School for You

In 2018-2019, 56,186 finance and financial management students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #4 most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which business program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Best Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. This report analyzed 807 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business students.

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2021 Best Finance & Financial Management Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for finance majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Finance

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our analysis found University of Notre Dame to be the best school for finance and financial management students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, finance graduates from Notre Dame carry an average student debtload of $30,440. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $342.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Chicago. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Finance & Financial Management Schools list. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The excellent programs at University of Pennsylvania helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best finance and financial management schools in the United States. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, finance graduates from UPenn take out $30,250 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 $340.

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#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Out of the 682 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwestern University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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#5

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lehigh University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Lehigh take out is $22,196. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $230, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

With a ranking of #6, Wake Forest University did quite well on this year’s best schools for finance and financial management students. Located in the city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Wake Forest University take out is $18,250. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $189.

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#7

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, finance graduates from Georgetown carry an average student debtload of $46,720. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $534.

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#8

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, finance graduates from Villanova take out $25,793 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $268.

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#9

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Boston College take out is $16,375. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $170, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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With a ranking of #11, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for finance and financial management students. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

Finance majors at WUSTL take out an average of $15,477 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $161, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, finance graduates from UIUC take out $19,500 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Bentley take out is $28,406. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $316.

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#14

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for finance and financial management students. It came in at #14 on the list. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bloomington.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Illinois Wesleyan take out is $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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The University of Texas at Austin ranked #15 on this year’s Best Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population.

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#16

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#17

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

With a ranking of #17, Santa Clara University did quite well on this year’s best schools for finance and financial management students. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Santa Clara.

While working on their degree, finance majors at SCU accumulate an average of around $19,500 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #18 on this year’s Best Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population.

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#19

Elon University

Elon, NC

With a ranking of #19, Elon University did quite well on this year’s best schools for finance and financial management students. Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Elon.

While working on their degree, finance majors at Elon accumulate an average of around $20,500 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 $213.

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#20

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for finance and financial management students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #21, Southern Methodist University did quite well on this year’s best schools for finance and financial management students. Located in the large suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#22

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

With a ranking of #22, Virginia Tech did quite well on this year’s best schools for finance and financial management students. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

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#23

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best finance and financial management programs. Located in the suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at U of Delaware take out is $24,360. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $253.

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#24

New York University

New York, NY

New York University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, finance graduates from UMass Amherst take out $22,378 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 $232.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Finance & Financial Management Schools

#26

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#27

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#28

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA
#29

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#30

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#33

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX
#34

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#36

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#37

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#38

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#39

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#41

Providence College

Providence, RI
#42

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#50

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Finance & Financial Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 807 different United States finance and financial management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Stonehill College Easton, MA
52 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
53 Drake University Des Moines, IA
54 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
55 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
56 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
57 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
58 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
59 Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD
60 Boston University Boston, MA
61 Creighton University Omaha, NE
62 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
63 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
64 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
65 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
66 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
67 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
68 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
69 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
70 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
71 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
72 Fordham University Bronx, NY
73 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
74 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
75 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
76 Endicott College Beverly, MA
77 Yeshiva University New York, NY
78 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
79 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
80 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
81 Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley Malvern, PA
82 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
83 LeTourneau University Longview, TX
84 Baylor University Waco, TX
85 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
86 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
87 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
88 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
89 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
90 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
91 Northeastern University Boston, MA
92 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
93 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
94 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
95 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
96 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
97 Menlo College Atherton, CA
98 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
99 Siena College Loudonville, NY
100 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
101 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
102 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Finance & Financial Management students that almost earned our Best Finance & Financial Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
103 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
104 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
105 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
106 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
107 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
108 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
109 Western New England University Springfield, MA
110 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
111 Iowa State University Ames, IA
112 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
113 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
114 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
115 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
116 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
117 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
118 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
119 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
120 Illinois State University Normal, IL
121 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
122 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
123 Taylor University Upland, IN
124 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
125 Seattle University Seattle, WA
126 American University Washington, DC
127 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
128 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
129 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
130 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
131 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
132 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
133 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
134 Regis University Denver, CO
135 Winona State University Winona, MN
136 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ

Finance & Financial Management by Region

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

Finance & Financial Management is one of 21 different types of business programs to choose from.

Finance Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Finance 51,049
Financial Planning & Services 3,238
Banking and Financial Support Services 1,157
Other Finance and Financial Management Services 403
Investments and Securities 229
International Finance 53
Public Finance 50
Credit Management 7

Majors Similar to Finance

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
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 Dave Dugdale.

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