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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 options 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 usually translates into higher than average salaries 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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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 schools for Business Administration & Management students.

More Ways to Rank Business Administration & Management Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Business Administration Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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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

It's hard to beat University of California - Berkeley if you wish to study business administration and management. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 69th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Berkeley is a fairly popular university to study business administration in the United States with roughly 947 graduates in the most recent data year. Business Administration & Management students from University of California - Berkeley receive an earnings boost of about $15,988 above the average income of business administration and management graduates.

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Babson College

Wellesley, MA

It is hard to beat Babson College if you want to pursue business administration and management as a major. Babson College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Wellesley. A Best Colleges rank of 67 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Babson College is a great college overall.

There were about 1017 business administration and management individuals who graduated from this program at Babson College in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate from the business administration program make an average of $57,900 in their early career salary.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Business Administration & Management degree. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in the small city of Chapel Hill. A Best Colleges rank of 60 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great university 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 students earn $11,188 more than the typical business administration grad.

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Emory University

Atlanta, GA

It's difficult to beat Emory University if you wish to pursue business administration and management as a major. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 34 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Emory offers a Master's Degrees in business administration and management. Students from the business administration and management degree program at Emory University earn $11,988 above the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Waltham. A Best Colleges rank of 63 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Bentley is a great university overall.

Bentley University is one of the most popular universities to study business administration in the United States with approximately 280 graduations in the most recent year we have data available. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $51,400.

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Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

With 1730 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, University of Southern California is one of the most popular universities to study business administration in the United States. Soon after graduating, business administration students typically earn an average of $57,800 in their early careers.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

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

There were approximately 763 business administration and management students who graduated from this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available. University of Pennsylvania business administration and management students earn $5,088 more than the average business administration grad.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were approximately 438 business administration and management individuals who graduated from this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent data year. Business Administration & Management students from Carnegie Mellon University receive an earnings boost of approximately $16,188 over the average income of business administration and management majors.

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#9

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Located in the large suburb of Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 149th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 792 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Pepperdine University is one of the most popular universities to study business administration in the United States. After graduation, business administration students generally make an average of $54,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 55 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 696 business administration and management individuals who graduated from this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates from the business administration and management degree program at Georgetown University get $3,988 more than the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

William & Mary is a medium-sized public college located in the suburb of Williamsburg. This college ranks 73rd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 525 business administration and management individuals who graduated from this program at William & Mary in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates of the business administration program earn around $61,300 for their early career.

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Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta. This school ranks 82nd out of 1,715 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. After getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students typically make around $57,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

URichmond is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of University of Richmond. A Best Colleges rank of 64 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means URichmond is a great university overall.

A popular major for business administration and management undergraduates, there were approximately 266 individuals who graduated from this program at URichmond in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, business administration students typically make an average of $53,000 in the first five years of their career.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Boston U is a great university overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Boston U offers a Master's Degrees in business administration and management. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students usually make around $56,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

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

With 357 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Boston College is one of the most popular colleges to study business administration in the United States. After graduating, business administration students usually earn about $59,100 in their early careers.

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Texas A&M College Station 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 $53,100 for their early career.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 107th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were about 792 business administration and management individuals who graduated from this program at Michigan State in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, business administration students generally make about $59,200 in their early careers.

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Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 92nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A preferred major for business administration and management undergraduates, there were roughly 572 students who completed this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, business administration students generally earn around $60,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Bryant is a small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Smithfield. This university ranks 228th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

Bryant University is one of the most popular universities to study business administration in the United States with roughly 143 graduates in the most recent data year. Students who complete this degree report average early career wages of $50,500.

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. This university ranks 155th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

A favorite major for business administration and management undergrads, there were about 807 learners who graduated from this program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent data year. After graduation, business administration students typically make an average of $59,800 in their early careers.

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

With 678 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the most popular universities to study business administration in the United States. Soon after graduation, business administration students typically earn around $53,600 in the first five years of their career.

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

There were roughly 631 business administration and management individuals who graduated from this program at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students generally earn around $56,500 in their early careers.

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

There were approximately 676 business administration and management students who graduated from this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate from the business administration program make an average of $57,900 in their early career salary.

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Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

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

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Loyola Maryland also offers a Master's Degrees in business administration and management. After getting their bachelor's degree, business administration students usually earn about $49,900 in the first five years of their career.

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U-M is a very large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U-M also offers 2 different higher degree levels in business administration and management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students from the business administration and management program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor make $16,288 more than the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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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 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 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 - Athens 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
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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 87,112
General Business/Commerce 53,285
Finance & Financial Management 52,678
Marketing 48,756
Human Resource Management 22,258

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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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