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2021 Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools

351 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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Business Degree Central has created its Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 351 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 Sales & Marketing program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for sales and marketing majors pursuing a .

#1

New York University

New York, NY

Our analysis found New York University to be the most popular school for general sales and marketing students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, sales and marketing graduates from NYU carry an average student debt load of $84,872. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $989, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Baruch College

New York, NY

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Baruch College is a great place for general sales and marketing students. Baruch is a large public school located in the city of New York.

The average amount in student loans that sales and marketing majors at Baruch take out is $18,350. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $206.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas A&M University - College Station. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station.

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The excellent programs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general sales and marketing schools in the United States. WCUPA is a large public school located in the suburb of West Chester.

Sales & Marketing majors at WCUPA take out an average of $22,187 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $230.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Weber State University is a great place for general sales and marketing students. WSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ogden.

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#6

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools list. UH is a very large public school located in the city of Houston.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools ranking. UofSC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbia.

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

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With a ranking of #9, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

Sales & Marketing majors at UMN Twin Cities take out an average of $20,854 in student loans while working on their egree. 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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Tacoma Community College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Tacoma, Tacoma Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#11

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#12

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, CA

Orange Coast College ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Orange Coast College is a very large public school located in the city of Costa Mesa.

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#13

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K -State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Missouri - Columbia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a very large student population.

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#15

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara City College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #15 on the list. SBCC is a large public school located in the small city of Santa Barbara.

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#16

Santiago Canyon College

Orange, CA

Santiago Canyon College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the city of Orange, SCC is a public school with a large student population.

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University of Akron Main Campus came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Akron, University of Akron Main Campus is a public school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, sales and marketing majors at University of Akron Main Campus accumulate an average of around $26,875 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $279, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

With a ranking of #18, Manhattan College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Riverdale.

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Rochester Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, sales and marketing graduates from RIT carry an average student debt load of $23,250. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA

College of the Canyons ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Located in the suburb of Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general sales and marketing programs. UAB is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Birmingham.

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#22

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, SC

Greenville Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the small city of Greenville, GTC is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that sales and marketing majors at GTC take out is $25,256. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $262, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Umpqua Community College

Roseburg, OR

Umpqua Community College ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools list. Umpqua Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Roseburg.

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#23

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI

With a ranking of #23, Washtenaw Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general sales and marketing students. Located in the suburb of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Michigan Career and Technical Institute came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Plainwell, Michigan Career and Technical Institute is a public college with a small student population.

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#26

University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT
#29

Lake Land College

Mattoon, IL
#31

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#33

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, CA
#33

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#36

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, IL
#37

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#38

CET, El Centro

El Centro, CA
#38

Baylor University

Waco, TX
#38

Riverside City College

Riverside, CA
#43

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, AZ
#43

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD
#43

Lakeshore Technical College

Cleveland, WI
#43

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, NH
#47

Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen, CA
#47

High Point University

High Point, NC

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 351 different United States general sales and marketing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
47 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
52 Clark College Vancouver, WA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for General Sales & Marketing students that almost earned our Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools award.

Rank College Location
53 LIU Post Brookville, NY
53 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
53 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
53 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
57 SUNY Broome Binghamton, NY
57 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
57 De Anza College Cupertino, CA
57 LDS Business College Salt Lake City, UT
61 Washington State University Pullman, WA
61 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
61 Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence, SC
64 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
64 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
64 Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC
67 Klamath Community College Klamath Falls, OR
68 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
69 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
69 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE

General Sales & Marketing by Region

View the Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Schools for a specific region near you.

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.

  • 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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