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Bachelor’s Degrees in General Business/Commerce

25,818 Yearly Graduations
$39,500 Median Salary
$26,000 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in general business is offered at 420 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 7.4% of general business graduates were international students.

Education Levels of General Business Majors

In 2018-2019, 25,818 bachelor's degrees were awarded to general business majors. 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 25,818
Associate’s Degree 17,723
Master’s Degree 9,486
Basic Certificate 2,657
Undergraduate Certificate 2,017
Graduate Certificate 492
Doctor’s Degree 258

Earnings of General Business Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in general business is $39,500. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $36,700 to a high of $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 length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

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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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $270.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in general business. About 52.6% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 13,579
Women 12,239
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in General Business

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,365
Black or African American 3,295
Hispanic or Latino 2,544
White 14,968
International Students 1,905
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,741
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Business Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 420 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in general business. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
2,026 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Bloomington tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 43,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,026 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from IU Bloomington. About 38% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
900 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Northeastern University. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,793 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 900 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Northeastern. About 45% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, New York
744 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is SUNY Empire State College. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 744 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from SUNY Empire. About 61% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
741 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 29,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

The general business program at University of Missouri - Columbia awarded 741 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

#5

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
602 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in general business. Roughly 68,400 attend the school each year. 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 2018-2019 academic year, 602 bachelor's degrees were handed out to general business majors at UCF. About 38% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

555 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in general business. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,826 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 555 bachelor's degrees were handed out to general business majors at IUPUI. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 41% were women.

#7

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
526 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oregon comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in general business. Roughly 22,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,958 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 526 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from UO. Of these students, 38% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

New York University

New York, New York
409 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is New York University. Each year, around 51,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The general business program at New York University awarded 409 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#9

Strayer University - Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
404 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Strayer University - Virginia is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 5,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 404 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Strayer University - Virginia. Around 63% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#10

Strayer University - Global Region

Washington, District of Columbia
381 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Strayer University - Global Region is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 381 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Strayer University - Global Region. Of these students, 65% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Georgia Gwinnett College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
373 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia Gwinnett College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in general business. Roughly 12,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 373 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Georgia Gwinnett College. About 54% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
372 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Virginia Commonwealth University. Roughly 30,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 372 bachelor's degrees were handed out to general business majors at VCU. Of these students, 38% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Strayer University - Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia
367 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Strayer University - Georgia is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 7,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 367 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Strayer University - Georgia. About 77% of this group were women, and 86% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
365 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Missouri - St Louis. Roughly 16,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,079 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,007 per year.

The general business program at University of Missouri - St Louis awarded 365 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 41% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri
363 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lindenwood University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in general business. Each year, around 9,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,000 per year.

The general business program at Lindenwood University awarded 363 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 51% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska
353 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Bellevue University. Roughly 9,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,176 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,530 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 353 bachelor's degrees were handed out to general business majors at Bellevue University. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#17

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri
339 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in general business. Each year, around 12,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,912 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,602 per year.

The general business program at Columbia College awarded 339 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#18

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
319 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kentucky comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in general business. Each year, around 29,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,011 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,055 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 319 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from UK. About 42% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
318 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Gonzaga University. Each year, around 7,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,672 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 318 people received their bachelor's degree in general business from Gonzaga. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#20

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
313 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Sam Houston State University. Each year, around 21,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,856 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,765 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 313 bachelor's degrees were handed out to general business majors at SHSU. Of these students, 51% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Accounting 53,997
Finance & Financial Management 46,736
Marketing 44,258
Human Resource Management 11,757

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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