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2021 Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools

954 Colleges
$51,578 Avg Salary
$26,517 Avg Student Debt

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 Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 954 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 Finance & Financial Management program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named American College of Financial Services the most popular school in the United States for finance and financial management students. Located in the large suburb of Bryn Mawr, The American College is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#2

Baruch College

New York, NY

Out of the 954 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Baruch College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Baruch is a large public school located in the city of New York.

On average, finance graduates from Baruch take out $22,934 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $260.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Pennsylvania is a great place for finance and financial management students. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at UPenn take out is $30,250. 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ohio State University - Main Campus. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, finance majors at Ohio State accumulate an average of around $21,000 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $218, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 954 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Florida International University landed the # 5 spot on the list. FIU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Miami.

After completing their degree, finance graduates from FIU carry an average student debt load of $24,598. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $276.

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#6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

With a ranking of #6, Florida State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for finance and financial management students. Florida State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee.

On average, finance graduates from Florida State take out $19,625 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $217.

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#7

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. UGA is a very large public school located in the city of Athens.

While working on their degree, finance majors at UGA accumulate an average of around $17,443 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $181, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools list. UofSC is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

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#9

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Johns Hopkins take out is $52,895. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $616.

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#10

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

With a ranking of #10, The University of Alabama did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for finance and financial management students. Located in the city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, finance graduates from UA carry an average student debt load of $21,500. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #11, University of Central Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for finance and financial management students. UCF is a very large public school located in the suburb of Orlando.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at UCF take out is $16,999. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $176.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park.

While working on their degree, finance majors at Penn State University Park accumulate an average of around $30,136 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $335, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Arizona State University - Tempe did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for finance and financial management students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a very large student population.

Finance majors at ASU - Tempe take out an average of $33,561 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $379, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

University of Houston

Houston, TX

With a ranking of #14, University of Houston did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for finance and financial management students. UH is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston.

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#15

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for finance and financial management students. It came in at #15 on the list. Iowa is a very large public school located in the small city of Iowa City.

While working on their degree, finance majors at Iowa accumulate an average of around $22,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $228.

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University of Maryland - College Park came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

After completing their degree, finance graduates from UMCP carry an average student debt load of $18,077. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $188, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Tulane University of Louisiana came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools ranking. Tulane is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Orleans.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Tulane take out is $52,836. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $602.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, finance majors at USF Tampa accumulate an average of around $18,642 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $193, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular finance and financial management programs. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#20

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for finance and financial management students. It came in at #20 on the list. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

Finance majors at Boston College take out an average of $16,375 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $170, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for finance and financial management students. It came in at #21 on the list. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

While working on their degree, finance majors at Michigan State accumulate an average of around $22,630 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $235, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular finance and financial management programs. Located in the city of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, finance graduates from UNC Charlotte carry an average student debt load of $21,803. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $226.

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Miami University - Oxford ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Oxford, Miami University - Oxford is a public college with a large student population.

On average, finance graduates from Miami University - Oxford take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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#24

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular finance and financial management programs. Temple is a very large public school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

Finance majors at Temple take out an average of $31,868 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 $355.

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#24

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

With a ranking of #24, University of Delaware did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for finance and financial management students. Located in the suburb of Newark, UD is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, finance majors at UD accumulate an average of around $24,360 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $253.

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#29

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#30

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#32

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR
#34

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#38

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#39

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#39

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
#39

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#46

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
#48

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
#49

Pace University - New York

New York, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 954 different United States finance and financial management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
51 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
53 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
54 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
55 Illinois State University Normal, IL
56 University of Mississippi University, MS
56 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
56 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
59 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
59 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
61 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
62 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
62 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
64 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
64 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
66 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
67 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
68 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
69 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
70 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
70 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
72 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
72 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
74 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
75 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
76 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
77 Elon University Elon, NC
78 Portland State University Portland, OR
79 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
79 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
81 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
81 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
83 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
83 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
83 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
86 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
87 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
88 Providence College Providence, RI
89 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
90 University of North Texas Denton, TX
91 Fordham University Bronx, NY
92 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
93 Washington State University Pullman, WA
94 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
95 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
96 Boston University Boston, MA
96 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
98 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
98 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
100 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
101 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
102 George Washington University Washington, DC
102 University of Denver Denver, CO
102 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
105 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
105 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
107 Hult International Business School Cambridge, MA
108 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
109 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
110 Suffolk University Boston, MA
111 Baylor University Waco, TX
112 Creighton University Omaha, NE
112 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
112 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
112 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
116 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
117 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
118 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
119 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
120 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
121 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
122 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
123 Clemson University Clemson, SC
124 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
124 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
124 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
124 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
128 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
128 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
130 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
131 Seattle University Seattle, WA
131 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
133 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
134 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
135 Goldey - Beacom College Wilmington, DE
135 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
135 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
138 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
139 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
140 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
141 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
141 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
143 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
144 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
145 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
146 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
147 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
148 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
148 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
148 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
151 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
151 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
153 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
153 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
155 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
155 Utah State University Logan, UT
157 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
158 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
158 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
160 American University Washington, DC
161 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
162 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
163 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
164 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
164 Butler University Indianapolis, IN
164 Queens College Queens, NY
164 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
168 Texas Southern University Houston, TX
169 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
169 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
171 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
171 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
171 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
174 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
174 Northeastern University Boston, MA
176 Ball State University Muncie, IN
177 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
177 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
177 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
180 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
180 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
180 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
180 Boise State University Boise, ID
184 Ashford University San Diego, CA
184 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
186 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
186 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
186 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
186 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
186 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
186 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
186 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH

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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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