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2021 Best Marketing Schools

989 Colleges
$40,323 Avg Salary
$24,975 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Marketing School for You

With 51,241 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, marketing is the #5 most popular major in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which business program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Business Degree Central has created the Best Marketing Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 989 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Marketing Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Top Schools in Marketing

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our 2021 rankings named University of Pennsylvania the best school in the United States for marketing students. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

After completing their degree, marketing graduates from UPenn carry an average student debtload of $31,571. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $354, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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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 Marketing Schools list. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#3

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Notre Dame is a great place for marketing students. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

Marketing majors at Notre Dame take out an average of $21,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

The excellent programs at Carnegie Mellon University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best marketing schools in the United States. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Out of the 791 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Chippewa Valley Technical College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best marketing programs. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, marketing majors at Boston College accumulate an average of around $15,526 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for marketing students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#8

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for marketing students. It came in at #8 on the list. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

While working on their degree, marketing majors at Georgetown accumulate an average of around $16,605 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $172.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Marketing Schools ranking. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison.

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#10

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

With a ranking of #10, Bentley University did quite well on this year’s best schools for marketing students. Bentley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham.

On average, marketing graduates from Bentley take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#12

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for marketing students. It came in at #12 on the list. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

Marketing majors at Lehigh take out an average of $24,236 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $252.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for marketing students. It came in at #13 on the list. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

On average, marketing graduates from UIUC take out $19,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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With a ranking of #14, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for marketing students. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at WUSTL take out is $15,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best marketing programs. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

After completing their degree, marketing graduates from Villanova carry an average student debtload of $26,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $270.

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#16

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Marketing Schools list. Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Marketing majors at Bucknell take out an average of $27,000 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 $280.

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#17

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #17, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for marketing students. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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With a ranking of #18, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best schools for marketing students. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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#19

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

With a ranking of #19, Marquette University did quite well on this year’s best schools for marketing students. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#20

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for marketing students. It came in at #20 on the list. U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Newark.

After completing their degree, marketing graduates from U of Delaware carry an average student debtload of $24,388. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $253.

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#21

Cleary University

Howell, MI

Cleary University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for marketing students. It came in at #21 on the list. Cleary College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Howell.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ranked #22 on this year’s Best Marketing Schools list. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, marketing graduates from UMN Twin Cities carry an average student debtload of $19,971. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $207.

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#23

Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at Elon take out is $21,019. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best marketing programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Marketing majors at SCU take out an average of $21,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

University of Mary

Bismarck, ND

University of Mary did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for marketing students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the rural area of Bismarck, UMary is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Marketing Schools

#26

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#28

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#29

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#30

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#31

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#34

Boston University

Boston, MA
#37

Providence College

Providence, RI
#38

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#39

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#40

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#41

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
#42

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#43

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#43

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#50

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Marketing Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 989 different United States marketing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
52 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
53 University of Georgia Athens, GA
54 Judson University Elgin, IL
55 Creighton University Omaha, NE
56 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
57 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
58 University of Minnesota - Crookston Crookston, MN
59 Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD
60 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
61 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
62 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
63 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
64 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
65 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
66 Siena College Loudonville, NY
67 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
68 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
69 Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield, ME
70 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
71 Iowa State University Ames, IA
72 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
73 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
74 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
75 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
76 Endicott College Beverly, MA
77 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
78 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
79 Baylor University Waco, TX
80 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
81 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
82 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
83 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
84 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
85 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
86 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
87 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
88 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
89 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
90 Clemson University Clemson, SC
91 Concordia University - Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
92 Rasmussen College - Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
93 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
94 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
95 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
96 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
97 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
98 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
99 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
100 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
101 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
102 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
103 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH
104 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
105 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
106 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
107 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
108 Northwood University Midland, MI
109 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
110 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
111 Illinois State University Normal, IL
112 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
113 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
114 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
115 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
116 Yeshiva University New York, NY
117 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
118 DeSales University Center Valley, PA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Marketing students that almost earned our Best Marketing Schools award.

Rank College Location
119 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
120 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
121 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
122 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
123 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
124 Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global Marion, IN
125 Fordham University Bronx, NY
126 American University Washington, DC
127 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
128 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
129 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
130 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
131 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
132 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
133 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
134 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
135 Bradley University Peoria, IL
136 Minot State University Minot, ND
137 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
138 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
139 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
140 Rasmussen College-Kansas Topeka, KS
141 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
142 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
142 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
144 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
144 Western New England University Springfield, MA
146 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
147 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
148 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
149 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
150 Winona State University Winona, MN
151 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
152 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
153 Rasmussen College - Illinois Rockford, IL
154 Assumption University Worcester, MA
155 Carthage College Kenosha, WI
156 University of Mount Union Alliance, OH
157 CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
158 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI

Marketing by Region

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

Marketing is one of 21 different types of business programs to choose from.

Marketing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 49,088
Other Marketing 1,328
International Marketing 618
Marketing Research 207

Majors Similar to Marketing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
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 Nick Youngson.

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