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2021 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management

Approximately 362,652 business administration and management degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management ranking analyzed 955 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in business administration and management. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools 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 8% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 119 to 18 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A business administration and management degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average income after graduation. While the average business administration and management bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $40,121, graduates of colleges on this list average $60,612.

Starting Salary  ( 49565 to 66234 )
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$76,900

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 complete 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 the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Business Administration & Management degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 25 Best Business Administration Colleges

University of California - Berkeley is a great option for students pursuing a Business Administration & Management degree. Located in the midsize city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 69th out of 1,715 colleges 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 majors from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of around $15,988 above the typical income of business administration and management graduates.

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Babson College

Wellesley, MA

Babson College is a good option for individuals interested in a Business Administration & Management degree. Babson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wellesley. A Best Colleges rank of 67 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Babson College is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Babson College also offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Students who graduate from the business administration program earn about $57,900 for their early career.

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It is hard to beat University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill if you want to pursue business administration and management as a major. Located in the city Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 60 out of 1,715 colleges 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. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill business administration and management majors receive $11,188 more than the standard business administration grad.

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Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a Business Administration & Management major. Emory is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,715 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 graduates earn $11,988 more than the standard business administration graduate.

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Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Located in the city Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 63 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Bentley is a great college overall.

A favorite choice for business administration and management undergrads, there are about 280 learners studying this program at Bentley. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $51,400.

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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 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great school overall.

A favorite choice for business administration and management undergraduates, there are about 1730 students enrolled in this degree at USC. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students typically earn an average of $57,800 in their early careers.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Located in the city Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UPenn 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 Pennsylvania earn $5,088 above the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Carnegie Mellon also offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Students from the business administration and management major at Carnegie Mellon University earn $16,188 more than the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#9

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Located in the suburb Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 149th out of 1,715 colleges 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 generally earn about $54,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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#10

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 55 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Georgetown also offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Georgetown University business administration and management majors make $3,988 more than the average business administration graduate.

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College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Located in the small suburb Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 73rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are approximately 525 business administration and management undergrads enrolled in this program at William & Mary. Students who graduate from the business administration program earn an average of $61,300 for their early career.

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Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta. This college ranks 82nd out of 1,715 colleges 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 getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students usually make about $57,700 in the first five years of their career.

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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

Located in the city University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 64 out of 1,715 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. After graduation, business administration students generally earn about $53,000 in their early careers.

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#14

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Boston U is a great college overall.

There are about 1250 business administration and management undergrads studying this program at Boston U. Soon after graduating, business administration students generally make an average of $56,300 in the first five years of their career.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Located in the city Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 61 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Boston College offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. After getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students generally make around $59,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. This school ranks 102nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are roughly 819 business administration and management undergrads enrolled in this degree at Texas A&M. Students who graduate from the business administration program earn an average of $53,100 in the first couple years of their career.

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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 107th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are about 792 business administration and management undergraduates enrolled in this program at Michigan State. After graduation, business administration students generally earn about $59,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign. This school ranks 92nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is one of the most popular college to study business administration in United States exceeding 572 graduates last year. After graduating, business administration students usually earn an average of $60,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Located in the large suburb Smithfield, Bryant is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 228th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Bryant also offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Graduates of the business administration program report average early career income of $50,500.

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Located in the small suburb San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 155th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students typically earn an average of $59,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the suburb Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 118th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMass Amherst also offers 2 different higher degree levels in business administration and management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after graduating, business administration students generally earn around $53,600 in the first five years of their career.

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UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. This school ranks 124th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There are about 631 business administration and management undergraduates studying this degree at UMN Twin Cities. After graduation, business administration students typically earn about $56,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the city Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 91st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, UT Austin 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 the business administration program make around $57,900 in the first couple years of working.

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Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

Located in the large city Baltimore, Loyola Maryland is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 174th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Loyola Maryland offers a Master's Degree in business administration and management. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students typically earn around $49,900 in their early careers.

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Located in the medium-sized city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

There are about 1446 business administration and management undergraduates enrolled in this degree at U of Michigan. Business Administration & Management students from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn a boost of around $16,288 over the typical income of business administration and management majors.

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

#26

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#27

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#30

Yeshiva University

New York, NY
#32

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#33

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#35

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#38

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#39

Providence College

Providence, RI
#40

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#43

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#44

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#46

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#47

American University

Washington, DC
#48

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#49

Chapman University

Orange, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 955 different United States business administration and management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
52 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
53 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
54 Auburn University Auburn, AL
55 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
56 Fordham University Bronx, NY
57 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
58 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
59 Baylor University Waco, TX
60 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
61 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
62 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
63 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
64 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
65 Clemson University Clemson, SC
66 George Fox University Newberg, OR
67 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
68 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
69 Creighton University Omaha, NE
70 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
71 Iowa State University Ames, IA
72 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
73 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
74 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
75 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
76 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
77 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
78 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
79 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
80 DePaul University Chicago, IL
81 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
82 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
83 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
84 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
85 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
86 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
87 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
88 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
89 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
90 Drake University Des Moines, IA
91 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
92 Seattle University Seattle, WA
93 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
94 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
95 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
96 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
97 University of Dallas Irving, TX
98 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
99 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
100 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
101 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
102 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
103 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
104 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
105 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
106 University of Houston Houston, TX
107 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
108 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
109 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
110 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
111 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
112 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
113 Washington State University Pullman, WA
114 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
115 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
116 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
117 Florida International University Miami, FL
118 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
119 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
120 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
121 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
122 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
123 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
124 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
125 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
126 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
127 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
128 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
129 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
130 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
131 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
132 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
133 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
134 Simmons University Boston, MA
135 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
136 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
137 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
138 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
139 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
140 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
141 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
142 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
143 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Business Administration & Management students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management award.

Rank College Location
144 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
145 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
146 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
147 Illinois State University Normal, IL
148 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
149 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
150 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
151 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
152 Stonehill College Easton, MA
153 University of Mississippi University, MS
154 University at Albany Albany, NY
155 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
156 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
157 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
158 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
159 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
160 Bradley University Peoria, IL
161 Stetson University DeLand, FL
162 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
163 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
164 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
165 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
166 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
167 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
168 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
169 Winona State University Winona, MN
170 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
171 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
172 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
173 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
174 Saint Ambrose University Davenport, IA
175 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
176 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
177 Towson University Towson, MD
178 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
179 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
180 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
181 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
182 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
183 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
184 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
185 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
186 Suffolk University Boston, MA
187 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
188 Longwood University Farmville, VA
189 Union University Jackson, TN
190 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
191 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

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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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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