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2021 Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools

959 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 Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 959 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Business/Commerce program at each school on the list.

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

Our analysis found Indiana University - Bloomington to be the most popular school for general business/commerce students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. 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 is $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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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The excellent programs at Northwestern University 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 city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

General Business majors at Northwestern take out an average of $74,790 in student loans while working on their egree. 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northeastern University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

General Business majors at Northeastern take out an average of $40,082 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $450.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Missouri - Columbia. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a very large student population.

General Business majors at Mizzou take out an average of $26,114 in student loans while working on their egree. 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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#4

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

The excellent programs at SUNY Empire State College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. SUNY Empire is a large public school located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from SUNY Empire carry an average student debt load of $23,023. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $238.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is a public school with a very large student population.

General Business majors at IUPUI take out an average of $26,848 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $295.

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University of Central Florida ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Orlando.

While working on their degree, general business majors at UCF accumulate an average of around $28,346 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $316.

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With a ranking of #8, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

On average, general business graduates from Columbia College Missouri take out $28,442 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $311.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from MIT carry an average student debt load of $41,000. 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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San Jacinto Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

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Strayer University - Global Region ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the large city of Washington, Strayer University - Global Region is a private for-profit school with a large student population.

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Strayer University - Virginia ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular 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 #14 on this year’s Most Popular 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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University of Missouri - St Louis landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, UMSL is a public school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, general business majors at UMSL accumulate an average of around $22,625 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $250.

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Virginia Commonwealth University ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Richmond.

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#17

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

University of Oregon came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. UO is a fairly large public school located in the city of Eugene.

On average, general business graduates from UO take out $18,500 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $192.

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#18

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #18 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.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Lindenwood University accumulate an average of around $30,030 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 $331.

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#19

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

With a ranking of #19, University of Kentucky did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. UK is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lexington.

General Business majors at UK take out an average of $24,490 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $272, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD

Montgomery College ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the city of Rockville, Montgomery College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, general business majors at Montgomery College accumulate an average of around $8,000 in student debt. 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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#21

New York University

New York, NY

New York University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school 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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University of Missouri - Kansas City came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. UMKC is a large public school located in the large city of Kansas City.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from UMKC carry an average student debt load of $26,795. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $299.

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#23

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Kaplan University-Indianapolis came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a fairly large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. Gonzaga is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Spokane.

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Georgia Gwinnett College

Lawrenceville, GA

Georgia Gwinnett College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, Georgia Gwinnett College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#28

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
#34

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#34

South Texas College

McAllen, TX
#36

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#37

College of Staten Island CUNY

Staten Island, NY
#38

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#39

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#40

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#41

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX
#42

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT
#44

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA
#48

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#49

Mercer University

Macon, GA
#50

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 959 different United States general business/commerce schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
52 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX
53 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
54 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
55 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
56 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
56 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
58 Boise State University Boise, ID
59 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
60 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
60 Strayer University - Florida Tampa, FL
62 Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, NJ
63 Indiana University - Southeast New Albany, IN
64 Excelsior College Albany, NY
64 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
66 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
67 Strayer University - Pennsylvania Trevose, PA
67 Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA
69 Indiana University - East Richmond, IN
70 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
71 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
72 University of Denver Denver, CO
73 Indiana University - South Bend South Bend, IN
73 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
75 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
76 Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI
77 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
78 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
78 Strayer University - South Carolina Greenville, SC
80 Strayer University - Texas Austin, TX
81 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
82 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
83 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
84 Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, CA
85 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
86 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
87 Tunxis Community College Farmington, CT
87 Post University Waterbury, CT
89 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
90 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
91 Strayer University - Tennessee Memphis, TN
92 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
92 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
92 Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY
95 Union County College Cranford, NJ
96 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
97 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
98 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
99 Ohlone College Fremont, CA
100 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
101 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
102 Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR
103 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
104 Montana State University - Billings Billings, MT
105 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
106 Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA
107 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
107 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
109 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
109 Murray State University Murray, KY
111 Indiana University - Northwest Gary, IN
111 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
113 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
114 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
115 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
116 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
117 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
118 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
118 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
120 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
120 Clark College Vancouver, WA
122 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
122 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
124 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
125 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
125 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
127 Green River College Auburn, WA
128 West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg, WV
129 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
130 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
130 Cascadia College Bothell, WA
130 Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo, CO
133 Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, IN
134 Belmont University Nashville, TN
134 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
136 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
136 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
136 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
139 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
139 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
139 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC
142 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
142 Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for General Business/Commerce students that almost earned our Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools award.

Rank College Location
144 Adams State University Alamosa, CO
144 Highline College Des Moines, WA
144 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
147 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
148 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
149 Everett Community College Everett, WA
149 University of Mississippi University, MS
149 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
152 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
152 North Lake College Irving, TX
154 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
154 Strayer University - District of Columbia Washington, DC
156 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
156 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
156 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
156 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
160 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ
160 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA
162 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
162 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
164 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
164 Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA
164 North Seattle College Seattle, WA
167 Marshall University Huntington, WV
167 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
169 Edison State Community College Piqua, OH
169 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
171 University of North Texas Denton, TX
171 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
173 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
173 Housatonic Community College Bridgeport, CT
175 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
175 Fort Lewis College Durango, CO
175 South Seattle College Seattle, WA
175 Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
175 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
180 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
180 Pennsylvania State University - Abington Abington, PA
182 Frederick Community College Frederick, MD
182 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
182 Howard College Big Spring, TX
185 SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA
185 Asnuntuck Community College Enfield, CT
185 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
185 Framingham State University Framingham, MA
189 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
189 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
189 James A Rhodes State College Lima, OH

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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