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2021 Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

506 Colleges
$5,777 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$40,821 Avg Salary

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.

The Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 506 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for general business students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for general business majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in General Business

#1

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Our 2021 rankings named North Hennepin Community College the best value school in the United States for general business/commerce students. Located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Hennepin Community College are $4,566 a year.

North Hennepin Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the remote town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at M State are $5,560 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, M State also is in the top 15% of our Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking.

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$5,040 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at San Jacinto Community College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the suburb of Pasadena.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at San Jacinto College are $5,040 per year.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the rural area of Marion, IWU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at IWU are $9,345 per year.

IWU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list.

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$4,432 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend NorthWest Arkansas Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools list. NWACC is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Bentonville.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NWACC are $4,432 per year.

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#6

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southeast Technical Institute are $6,448 a year.

Southeast Technical Institute excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list.

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#7

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Inver Hills Community College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools list. IHCC is a small public school located in the suburb of Inver Grove Heights.

IHCC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,485 in tuition and fees each year. General Business majors at IHCC take out an average of $19,250 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $200, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$6,052 Average Tuition & Fees

Raritan Valley Community College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. RVCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of Branchburg.

RVCC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,052 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that general business majors at RVCC take out is $7,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $78, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck State College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Bismarck, BSC is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BSC are $5,820 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, BSC also did well on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$4,860 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Community College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. Located in the remote town of Norfolk, Northeast is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Northeast undergraduate students pay an average of $4,860 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Northeast take out is $13,336. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $138, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Coon Rapids.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus undergraduate students pay an average of $5,207 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus take out is $17,877. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $186.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus also claimed a spot on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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$5,716 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #12, Northland Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northland Community and Technical College are $5,716 per year.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU are $5,790 a year.

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American Public University System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #14 on the list. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year.

American Military University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list.

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#15

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the small city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a fairly large student population.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $5,564 in tuition and fees each year.

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$7,777 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #16, Macomb Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general business/commerce students. Macomb Community College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Warren.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Macomb Community College are $7,777 a year. On average, general business graduates from Macomb Community College take out $5,802 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $60, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Alexandria Technical & Community College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the town of Alexandria, ATCC is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ATCC are $5,565 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, ATCC also is in the top 15% of our Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking.

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#18

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees

Century College - White Bear Lake came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of White Bear Lake, Century College - White Bear Lake is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Century College - White Bear Lake undergraduate students pay an average of $5,578 in tuition and fees each year.

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#19

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. Bellevue University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bellevue.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bellevue University are $7,851 a year. While working on their degree, general business majors at Bellevue University accumulate an average of around $22,550 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $234.

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$3,990 Average Tuition & Fees

McLennan Community College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. Located in the midsize city of Waco, MCC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MCC are $3,990 a year.

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$4,545 Average Tuition & Fees

Metropolitan Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #21 on the list. MCC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Omaha.

MCC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,545 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,360 Average Tuition & Fees

Itawamba Community College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. ICC is a small public school located in the remote town of Fulton.

ICC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,360 in tuition and fees each year. On average, general business graduates from ICC take out $5,000 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $52, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA
$6,165 Average Tuition & Fees

Georgia Military College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #23 on the list. Georgia Military College is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Milledgeville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Georgia Military College are $6,165 a year.

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$4,656 Average Tuition & Fees

Arkansas State University - Beebe came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Beebe, ASU-Beebe is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ASU-Beebe are $4,656 per year. The average amount in student loans that general business majors at ASU-Beebe take out is $5,250. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $54.

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#25

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN
$5,736 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #25, Saint Paul College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Saint Paul College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Saint Paul College are $5,736 a year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools

#26

Union County College

Cranford, NJ
#28

South Central College

North Mankato, MN
#29

Holmes Community College

Goodman, MS
#30

Rio Salado College

Tempe, AZ
#31

Yakima Valley College

Yakima, WA
#40

Richland College

Dallas, TX
#41

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, OK
#43

Blinn College

Brenham, TX
#44

Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge, LA
#45

North Arkansas College

Harrison, AR
#47

Temple College

Temple, TX
#49

Cerritos College

Norwalk, CA

Remaining Award Winners

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

Rank College Location
51 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, MA
52 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
53 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
54 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC
55 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA
56 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
57 New Mexico State University - Grants Grants, NM
58 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
59 Springfield Technical Community College Springfield, MA
60 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
61 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
61 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
63 Frederick Community College Frederick, MD
64 Coastline Community College Fountain Valley, CA
65 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
66 Columbia College Columbia, MO
67 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
68 Strayer University - Global Region Washington, DC
69 Helena College University of Montana Helena, MT
70 Mayville State University Mayville, ND
71 Post University Waterbury, CT
71 Jefferson College Hillsboro, MO
73 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
74 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
75 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
76 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
77 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
78 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
79 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
79 SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA
81 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
82 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
83 Excelsior College Albany, NY
84 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
84 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
86 Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
87 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
88 Strayer University - Maryland Suitland, MD
89 Baker College Flint, MI
90 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
91 Strayer University - Florida Tampa, FL
92 Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK
93 Strayer University - North Carolina Morrisville, NC
94 Tunxis Community College Farmington, CT
95 Lane Community College Eugene, OR
96 Strayer University - South Carolina Greenville, SC
97 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
97 Community College of Vermont Montpelier, VT
99 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
100 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
100 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA

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.

  • 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 U.S. Consulate General Munich.

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