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2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools

506 Colleges
$40,821 Avg Salary
$25,596 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Business/Commerce School for You

General Business/Commerce is the #18 most popular major in the country with 58,451 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which 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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. This report analyzed 506 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Business/Commerce Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in General Business

Our 2021 rankings named Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global the best school in the United States for general business/commerce students. Located in the rural area of Marion, IWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Out of the 506 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the # 2 spot on the list. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

While working on their degree, general business majors at MIT accumulate an average of around $41,000 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Out of the 506 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwestern University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Northwestern U take out is $74,790. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $871.

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Chicago. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Pennsylvania. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Notre Dame accumulate an average of around $31,828 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $358.

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#7

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University ranked #7 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#8

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from Wake Forest University carry an average student debtload of $19,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

New York University

New York, NY

New York University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

General Business majors at NYU take out an average of $19,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #11 on the list. WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester.

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#12

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus ranked #12 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#13

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University ranked #13 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bloomington.

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#14

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

With a ranking of #14, Emory University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from Emory carry an average student debtload of $64,010. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $746.

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Indiana University - Bloomington did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #15 on the list. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bloomington.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from IU Bloomington carry an average student debtload of $27,805. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $307, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #16 on the list. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

On average, general business graduates from Northeastern take out $40,082 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $450.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#18

Union County College

Cranford, NJ

Union County College ranked #18 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Cranford, Union County College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Union County College accumulate an average of around $8,480 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $88.

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#19

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

With a ranking of #19, North Hennepin Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #20 on the list. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population.

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#22

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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#23

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public school with a small student population.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Athens.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #25 on the list. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from Michigan State carry an average student debtload of $61,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $717, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best General Business/Commerce Schools

#32

Baylor University

Waco, TX
#33

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA
#34

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY
#35

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#36

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
#37

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#40

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND
#43

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, MN
#44

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#45

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
#48

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#49

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#50

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best General Business/Commerce Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 506 different United States general business/commerce schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
52 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY
53 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
54 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
55 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
56 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, MA
57 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
58 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
59 Edison State Community College Piqua, OH
60 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
61 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
62 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
63 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
64 Siena College Loudonville, NY
65 Ashland University Ashland, OH
66 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
67 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
68 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
69 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
70 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
71 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
72 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
73 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
74 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
75 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Business/Commerce students that almost earned our Best General Business/Commerce Schools award.

Rank College Location
76 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
77 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
78 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
79 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
80 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
81 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
82 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
83 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
84 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
85 Fordham University Bronx, NY
86 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
87 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
88 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
89 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
90 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
91 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
92 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
93 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
94 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
95 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
96 Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto Mont Alto, PA
97 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
98 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
99 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
100 Strayer University - Maryland Suitland, MD
101 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA

General Business/Commerce 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 area of study, general business/commerce has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
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).
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