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2021 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor's Degree Schools

290 Colleges
$41,384 Avg Salary
$26,843 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 290 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for 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 General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in General Business

Our analysis found Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be the best school for general business/commerce students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Pennsylvania helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Virginia - Main Campus helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

On average, general business graduates from University of Virginia take out $16,447 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $165.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

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#5

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

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

General Business majors at Notre Dame take out an average of $16,978 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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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Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general business/commerce students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Wake Forest University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $18,013. 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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New York University

New York, NY

New York University ranked #7 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, general business majors at NYU accumulate an average of around $18,181 in student debt. 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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Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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Indiana University - Bloomington landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general business/commerce programs. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at IU Bloomington take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,005. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $213, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

With a ranking of #10, Illinois Wesleyan University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students working on their bachelor’s degree. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bloomington.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University ranked #11 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

On average, general business graduates from Northeastern take out $23,179 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $274, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Texas at Austin ranked #12 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, general business majors at UT Austin accumulate an average of around $19,739 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $210.

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#13

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general business/commerce programs. UGA is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Athens.

On average, general business graduates from UGA take out $14,811 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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With a ranking of #14, University of Missouri - Columbia did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, general business graduates from Mizzou carry an average student debtload of $20,628. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $228.

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Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Baylor is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waco.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Baylor take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $16,959. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $200, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Mercy University ranked #16 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Mount Mercy is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cedar Rapids.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Mount Mercy take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $27,398. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $284.

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#17

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Bellevue University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Bellevue.

On average, general business graduates from Bellevue University take out $22,274 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $234.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, general business majors at GWU accumulate an average of around $22,007 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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University of New Hampshire at Manchester ranked #19 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Manchester, UNH Manchester is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general business/commerce programs. Gonzaga is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Spokane.

On average, general business graduates from Gonzaga take out $21,239 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $254.

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CUNY Graduate School and University Center landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree general business/commerce programs. Located in the large city of New York, The Graduate Center is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, general business graduates from The Graduate Center take out $19,321 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $194.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #22 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, general business graduates from Penn State University Park carry an average student debtload of $26,884. 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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#23

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College ranked #23 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, general business graduates from Excelsior College take out $15,348 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $134.

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#24

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH

Saint Anselm College ranked #24 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. St. Anselm College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, general business graduates from St. Anselm College carry an average student debtload of $23,820. 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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Nebraska Wesleyan University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Lincoln, NWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at NWU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $20,209. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $210.

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Rest of the Top Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#27

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN
#28

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#31

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX
#32

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY
#36

Siena College

Loudonville, NY
#37

Ashland University

Ashland, OH
#38

St Lawrence University

Canton, NY
#39

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#40

John Brown University

Siloam Springs, AR
#43

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
44 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
45 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
46 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
47 Strayer University - Global Region Washington, DC
48 Fordham University Bronx, NY
49 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
50 Pace University - New York New York, NY
51 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
52 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
53 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
54 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
55 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
56 Nichols College Dudley, MA
57 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
58 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND

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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