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2021 Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools

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

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 Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. This report analyzed 299 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online general business programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Our 2021 rankings named SUNY Empire State College the most popular online school in the United States for general business/commerce students. SUNY Empire is a large public school located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at SUNY Empire take out is $23,023. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $238.

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Out of the 299 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Missouri - Columbia landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Mizzou accumulate an average of around $26,114 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 $290.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means San Jacinto Community College is a great place for general business/commerce students pursuing an online degree. San Jacinto College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Pasadena.

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The excellent online programs at Strayer University - Global Region helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. Located in the city of Washington, Strayer University - Global Region is a private for-profit school with a large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Strayer University - Virginia. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Arlington, Strayer University - Virginia is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Strayer University - Georgia ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools list. Strayer University - Georgia is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the suburb of Atlanta.

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#7

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from Columbia College Missouri carry an average student debtload of $28,442. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $311.

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#8

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD

Montgomery College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Rockville, Montgomery College is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from Montgomery College carry an average student debtload of $8,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $83, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Kaplan University-Indianapolis 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. Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a very large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

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Strayer University - Maryland did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Suitland, Strayer University - Maryland is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Missouri - St Louis came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, UMSL is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, general business graduates from UMSL take out $22,625 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $250.

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#12

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the small city of Saint Charles, Lindenwood University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Lindenwood University take out is $30,030. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $331.

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#13

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Bellevue University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bellevue.

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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Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Online 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.

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With a ranking of #15, Pennsylvania State University - World Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Penn State World Campus is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

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With a ranking of #16, Strayer University - North Carolina did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the suburb of Morrisville, Strayer University - North Carolina is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#17

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

South Texas College ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools list. South Texas College is a very large public school located in the city of McAllen.

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#17

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Sam Houston State University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public school with a very large student population.

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#19

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

Tarleton State University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the town of Stephenville, Tarleton is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#20

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA

Georgia Military College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Georgia Military College is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Milledgeville.

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Missouri Southern State University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Missouri Southern is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Joplin.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Missouri Southern accumulate an average of around $19,437 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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#22

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

With a ranking of #22, Westfield State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the large suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Westfield take out is $22,875. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $237.

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Collin County Community College District came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #24, Community College of Philadelphia did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia is a public college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Community College of Philadelphia accumulate an average of around $11,000 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 $114.

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#25

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

With a ranking of #25, University of Baltimore did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the large city of Baltimore, UB is a public college with a small student population.

General Business majors at UB take out an average of $23,100 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $240.

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#27

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO
#30

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, OK
#31

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#32

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, WA
#34

Indiana University - East

Richmond, IN
#35

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI
#36

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#43

Union County College

Cranford, NJ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools award.

Rank College Location
45 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
46 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
47 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
48 Montana State University - Billings Billings, MT
49 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
49 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
51 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
52 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
53 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
54 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
54 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
56 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
57 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
58 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
59 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD

View the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools for a specific region near you.

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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