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2020 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management

Approximately 399,810 business administration and management degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management ranking analyzed 744 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in business administration and management. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 colleges for Business Administration & Management students.

Choosing a Great Business Administration & Management School

Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management The business administration program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 7% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 11%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 110 to 19 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A business administration and management degree from colleges on this list usually translates into higher than average wages following graduation. While the average business administration and management bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $40,121, graduates of colleges on this list average $59,039.

Starting Salary  ( 49180 to 66219 )
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$76,800

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Business Administration & Management students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other business administration and management students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized business administration and management related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Business Administration & Management students.

Best Schools to Study Business Administration & Management in United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for business administration and management majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 744 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Business Administration Colleges

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania is among your best bets if you're planning on studying business administration and management. Located in the large city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great school overall.

There are roughly 823 business administration and management undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UPenn. Business Administration & Management graduates from University of Pennsylvania earn a boost of around $6,661 over the average earnings of business administration and management majors.

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#2

Babson College

Wellesley, MA

Babson College is a great choice for individuals pursuing a Business Administration & Management major. Babson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wellesley. A Best Colleges rank of 36 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Babson College is a great school overall.

There are roughly 1078 business administration and management undergrads studying this degree at Babson College. Students who graduate from the business administration program make about $57,900 in their early career salary.

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University of California - Berkeley is a great choice for students pursuing a Business Administration & Management degree. Located in the city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 65th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Berkeley also offers 2 different higher degree levels in business administration and management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Business Administration & Management students from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of approximately $17,561 over the typical income of business administration and management majors.

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It's hard to beat University of Southern California if you wish to pursue business administration and management as a major. Located in the large city Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means USC is a great school overall.

There are roughly 1790 business administration and management undergraduates studying this degree at USC. After getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students generally make around $57,800 in their early careers.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 42 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great school overall.

There are about 593 business administration and management undergraduates studying this program at Georgetown. Students from the business administration and management degree program at Georgetown University get $5,561 above the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#6

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Located in the small city Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 59 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Bentley is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Bentley also offers 2 different higher degree levels in business administration and management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career income of $51,400.

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#7

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Located in the large suburb Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 122nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Pepperdine offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Soon after graduating, business administration students typically make around $54,600 in the first five years of their career.

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#8

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 120th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are approximately 857 business administration and management undergraduates studying this program at Michigan State. After getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students typically make around $59,200 in their early careers.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova. This school ranks 71st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Villanova offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management.

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#10

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 56 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Boston U is a great college overall.

Boston U offers business administration and management degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Master's. Soon after graduating, business administration students typically earn around $56,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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#11

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

Located in the midsize city University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 60 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of Richmond is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of Richmond offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Soon after graduation, business administration students typically make around $53,000 in the first five years of their career.

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Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. This school ranks 89th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

Texas A&M offers business administration and management degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Students who graduate from the business administration program earn about $53,100 in their early career salary.

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#13

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Located in the suburb Smithfield, Bryant is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 189th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

Bryant University is a fairly popular college to study business administration in United States with more than 135 graduates last year. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career income of $50,500.

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#14

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Located in the small city Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 58 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

Boston College is one of the most popular school to study business administration in United States exceeding 363 graduates last year. Soon after graduating, business administration students typically make an average of $59,100 in the first five years of their career.

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#15

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of 27 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Emory is a great college overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Emory also offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Emory University business administration and management students make $13,561 more than the typical business administration student.

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#16

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Located in the small city West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 100th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

Purdue offers business administration and management degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Graduates of the business administration program earn an average of $53,700 in their early career salary.

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#17

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Located in the city Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. This college ranks 107th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

Syracuse University is a fairly popular college to study business administration in United States exceeding 452 graduates last year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students generally earn around $49,800 in their early careers.

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Located in the small city Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 50 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UNC Chapel Hill also offers 2 different higher degree levels in business administration and management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the business administration and management major at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill make $12,761 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#19

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

USFCA is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Francisco. This college ranks 191st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

University of San Francisco is one of the most popular school to study business administration in United States with over 325 graduations last year. After getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students typically make about $54,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta. This college ranks 69th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

For those interested in something more advanced, Georgia Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in business administration and management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after graduation, business administration students typically earn about $57,700 in the first five years of their career.

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UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign. This school ranks 85th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in business administration and management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students typically earn an average of $60,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Case Western is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cleveland. A Best Colleges rank of 51 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Case Western is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Case Western also offers 2 different higher degree levels in business administration and management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#23

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Located in the suburb Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 66th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

University of Miami is one of the most popular school to study business administration in United States with more than 358 graduates last year. Students who graduate from this program report average early career earnings of $46,800.

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#24

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh. A Best Colleges rank of 28 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great college overall.

There are roughly 435 business administration and management undergraduates enrolled in this program at Carnegie Mellon. Carnegie Mellon University business administration and management majors earn $17,761 more than the average business administration grad.

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#25

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Newark. This college ranks 92nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Delaware.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, U of Delaware also offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Graduates of the business administration program make around $53,400 for their early career.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management

#26

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#28

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#29

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
#32

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#39

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#40

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#41

American University

Washington, DC
#42

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#43

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#44

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
#45

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#46

Providence College

Providence, RI
#50

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 744 different United States business administration and management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
52 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
53 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
54 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
55 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
56 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
57 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
58 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
59 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
60 Simmons University Boston, MA
61 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
62 Washington State University Pullman, WA
63 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
64 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
65 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
66 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
67 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
68 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
69 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
70 Elon University Elon, NC
71 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
72 Clemson University Clemson, SC
73 Auburn University Auburn, AL
74 Chapman University Orange, CA
75 Drake University Des Moines, IA
76 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
77 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
78 University at Albany Albany, NY
79 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
80 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
81 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
82 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
83 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
84 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
85 Baylor University Waco, TX
86 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
87 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
88 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
89 Iowa State University Ames, IA
90 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
91 George Fox University Newberg, OR
92 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
93 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
94 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
95 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
96 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
97 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
98 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
99 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
100 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
101 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
102 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
103 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
104 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
105 Stonehill College Easton, MA
106 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
107 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
108 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
109 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
110 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
111 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA

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 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management award.

Rank College Location
112 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
113 Union University Jackson, TN
114 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
115 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
116 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
117 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
118 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
119 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
120 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
121 Creighton University Omaha, NE
122 Bradley University Peoria, IL
123 University of Houston Houston, TX
124 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
125 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
126 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
127 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
128 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
129 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
130 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
131 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
132 DePaul University Chicago, IL
133 Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
134 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
135 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
136 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
137 University of Mississippi University, MS
138 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
139 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
140 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
141 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
142 Florida International University Miami, FL
143 Stetson University DeLand, FL
144 Messiah College Mechanicsburg, PA
145 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
146 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
147 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
148 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA

Business Administration & Management by Region

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One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Business Administration & Management has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 107,851
General Business/Commerce 58,413
Finance & Financial Management 56,960
Marketing 49,179
Human Resource Management 26,853

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Mike Moore.

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