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2021 Best General Sales & Marketing Schools

255 Colleges
$36,312 Avg Salary
$27,494 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Sales & Marketing School for You

In 2018-2019, 5,734 people earned a degree or certificate in general sales and marketing, making the major the #19 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for business students. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Business Degree Central has created the Best General Sales & Marketing Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 255 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for business students.

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2021 Best General Sales & Marketing Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Sales & Marketing Colleges.

Top 15% Best General Sales & Marketing Schools

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our analysis found University of Pennsylvania to be the best school for general sales and marketing students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Located in the town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, sales and marketing graduates from M State take out $14,998 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

New York University

New York, NY

Out of the 131 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, New York University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, sales and marketing majors at NYU accumulate an average of around $84,872 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $989, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Out of the 131 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Bentley University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#5

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

The excellent programs at Southeast Technical Institute helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general sales and marketing schools in the United States. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public school with a small student population.

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#6

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor University ranked #6 on this year’s Best General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Baylor is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waco.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general sales and marketing programs. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the midsize city of College Station.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population.

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Northland Community and Technical College ranked #9 on this year’s Best General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Located in the town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

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#10

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

With a ranking of #10, Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for general sales and marketing students. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #11 on the list. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

While working on their degree, sales and marketing majors at UMN Twin Cities accumulate an average of around $20,854 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $216, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #12 on the list. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

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#13

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best General Sales & Marketing Schools ranking. Quinnipiac is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hamden.

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University of Missouri - Columbia came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best General Sales & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#15

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University ranked #15 on this year’s Best General Sales & Marketing Schools list. WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best General Sales & Marketing Schools ranking. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the midsize city of Fargo.

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#17

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

North Hennepin Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best General Sales & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #18, Concordia University - Saint Paul did quite well on this year’s best schools for general sales and marketing students. Concordia University - Saint Paul is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

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With a ranking of #19, St Cloud Technical and Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general sales and marketing students. Located in the small city of Saint Cloud, St Cloud Technical and Community College is a public college with a small student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best General Sales & Marketing Schools award.

Rank College Location
20 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
21 Washington State University Pullman, WA
22 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
23 McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL
24 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
25 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
26 Clemson University Clemson, SC

General Sales & Marketing by Region

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

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, general sales and marketing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Sales & Marketing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 3,441
Professional Sales 983
Retailing and Retail Operations 953
Other General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations 304
Merchandising and Buying Operations 53

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241

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 Nick Nijhuis.

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