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Bachelor’s Degree in General Business/Commerce

26,316 Yearly Graduations
$39,500 Median Salary
$26,000 Median Debt
There are 414 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in general business. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 31% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 7.9% of general business graduates were international students.

Education Levels of General Business Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 26,316 students earned their bachelor's degree in general business. This makes it the 22nd most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in general business at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 26,316
Associate’s Degree 17,273
Master’s Degree 9,606
Basic Certificate 2,788
Undergraduate Certificate 1,629
Graduate Certificate 552
Doctor’s Degree 249

Earnings of General Business Majors With Bachelor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in general business is $39,500. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $36,700 and the high is $46,050.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in general business is $26,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $30,147 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,500.

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The median monthly payment of a general business graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $270.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degree in general business. About 52.9% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 13,917
Women 12,399
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degree in General Business

The racial-ethnic distribution of general business bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,350
Black or African American 3,255
Hispanic or Latino 2,481
White 15,370
International Students 2,077
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,783
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Business Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 414 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in general business. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
1,925 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for general business students seekinga bachelor's degree is Indiana University - Bloomington. Each year, around 43,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,342 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,225 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,925 bachelor's degree were handed out to general business majors at IU Bloomington. About 39% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
890 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 30,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,637 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,822 per year.

The general business program at University of Missouri - Columbia awarded 890 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
874 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Northeastern University. Roughly 21,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,450 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,027 per year.

The general business program at Northeastern University awarded 874 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 47% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, New York
803 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY Empire State College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 10,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 803 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from SUNY Empire State College. Of these students, 59% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

558 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Roughly 29,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,568 per year.

The general business program at Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis awarded 558 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#6

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
530 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Oregon. Roughly 22,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,765 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,526 per year.

The general business program at University of Oregon awarded 530 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 38% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
455 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 66,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 455 bachelor's degree were handed out to general business majors at UCF. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#8

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska
448 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bellevue University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 8,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,152 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,350 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 448 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Bellevue University. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

#9

New York University

New York, New York
436 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,888 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 436 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from NYU. Of these students, 39% were women and 54% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Strayer University - Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
429 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Strayer University - Virginia comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 5,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,185 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,790 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 429 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Strayer University - Virginia. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

#11

Georgia Gwinnett College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
400 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia Gwinnett College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Roughly 12,200 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 400 bachelor's degree were handed out to general business majors at Georgia Gwinnett College. Around 60% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#12

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri
390 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lindenwood University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in general business. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,900 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 390 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Lindenwood University. Of these students, 51% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
369 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 30,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,217 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 369 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from VCU. Of these students, 43% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
368 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - St Louis comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 16,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,491 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,436 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 368 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from UMSL. Of these students, 44% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
345 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 24,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,509 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,018 per year.

The general business program at University of Virginia - Main Campus awarded 345 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 41% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Strayer University - Global Region

Washington, District of Columbia
342 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Strayer University - Global Region is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 8,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,185 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,790 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 342 bachelor's degree were handed out to general business majors at Strayer University - Global Region. About 70% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
306 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sam Houston State University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 20,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,540 per year.

The general business program at Sam Houston State University awarded 306 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 45% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, Texas
293 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Tarleton State University. Roughly 13,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,032 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,996 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 293 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Tarleton. Of these students, 58% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Strayer University - Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia
277 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Strayer University - Georgia. Roughly 6,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,185 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,790 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 277 bachelor's degree were handed out to general business majors at Strayer University - Georgia. Of these students, 75% were women and 88% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
275 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Montana State University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,654 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,089 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 275 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from MSU Bozeman. About 36% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to general business that offer bachelor’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 170,558
Accounting 55,367
Finance & Financial Management 45,279
Marketing 42,114
Hospitality Management 12,283

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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