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2021 Best Value Colleges for General Business/Commerce

141 Colleges
25,818 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,566 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value General Business/Commerce School for You

Best Value Colleges for General Business/CommerceIn 2018-2019, 25,818 people earned their bachelor's in general business/commerce, making the major the #22 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for General Business/Commerce ranking analyzed 141 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in general business. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those general business schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

More Ways to Rank General Business/Commerce Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value General Business Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Business/Commerce Colleges for the Money.

Top 15% Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools

#1

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general business/commerce schools. Mercer is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Macon. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Mercer also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce ranking.

At Mercer, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,614. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Mercer is $84,144. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Mercer take out while working on their bachelor's is $29,418. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $283, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wartburg College. Wartburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Waverly. In addition to its great value ranking, Wartburg is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce list.

At Wartburg, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,205. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg is $106,916. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, general business graduates from Wartburg take out $25,015 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Florida - Main Campus. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce ranking.

It takes the average student at USF Tampa about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,095. This means that the average student pays around $99,308 to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, general business graduates from USF Tampa take out $19,815 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $184.

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#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. Florida State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at Florida State about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,233. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida State be around $115,196. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, general business graduates from Florida State carry an average student debtload of $17,430. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $153.

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#5

Albright College

Reading, PA

Albright College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general business/commerce schools. Located in the small city of Reading, Albright is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

At Albright, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $13,932. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Albright is $57,818. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, general business graduates from Albright carry an average student debtload of $26,820. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

Transylvania University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general business/commerce schools. Transylvania is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lexington. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Transylvania also did well on our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At Transylvania, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and it costs about $30,061 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania is about $121,747. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, general business graduates from Transylvania take out $23,621 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $271.

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#7

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Saint Charles, Lindenwood University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

At Lindenwood University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $22,464 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Lindenwood University is $98,842. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, general business graduates from Lindenwood University take out $29,654 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $304.

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#8

Ripon College

Ripon, WI

Ripon College landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general business/commerce schools. Ripon is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Ripon. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ripon also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce ranking.

At Ripon, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,586. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ripon is about $117,488. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

General Business majors at Ripon take out an average of $24,315 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $270.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. UW - Whitewater is a large public school located in the distant town of Whitewater.

The average student at UW - Whitewater graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,164. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Whitewater is $91,343. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

General Business majors at UW - Whitewater take out an average of $20,613 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $221.

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#10

Austin College

Sherman, TX

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Austin College. Austin College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Sherman.

At Austin College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,370. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Austin College is $111,670. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

General Business majors at Austin College take out an average of $21,970 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Gustavus Adolphus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Saint Peter. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Gustavus Adolphus also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce ranking.

It takes the average student at Gustavus Adolphus about 4.0 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,332. This means that the average student pays around $125,955 to get a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Gustavus Adolphus take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,355. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#12

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Westfield is 4.2 years, and it costs about $24,805 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Westfield is about $103,933. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, general business majors at Westfield accumulate an average of around $20,766 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $237, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

John Brown University

Siloam Springs, AR

John Brown University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Siloam Springs, JBU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

At JBU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,386. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from JBU is about $101,202. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

General Business majors at JBU take out an average of $18,919 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $203.

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Our rankings recognize University of Central Florida as the #14 school in this year's rankings. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UCF also did well on our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes the average student at UCF about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $27,064 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCF is $120,976. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, general business graduates from UCF take out $20,630 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $219, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Spalding University

Louisville, KY

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Spalding University. Spalding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Louisville.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Spalding is 4.5 years, and it costs about $19,506 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Spalding is $86,802. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, general business graduates from Spalding carry an average student debtload of $25,450. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo College comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Kalamazoo, K College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. K College excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at K College to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,066. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from K College be around $131,791. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, general business majors at K College accumulate an average of around $21,362 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $228, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia College. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at Columbia College Missouri about 4.0 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,593. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Missouri be around $78,960. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

General Business majors at Columbia College Missouri take out an average of $28,310 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $277, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Sam Houston State University earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public school with a very large student population.

At SHSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,492. This means that the average student pays around $101,889 to get a bachelor’s degree from SHSU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at SHSU take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,319. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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#19

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

Our rankings recognize Pittsburg State University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Pitt State is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Pittsburg.

At Pitt State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,464. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Pitt State is $94,339. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, general business graduates from Pitt State take out $19,034 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $174.

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#20

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

Tarleton State University earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Stephenville, Tarleton is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Tarleton is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,595. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Tarleton is $101,226. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

General Business majors at Tarleton take out an average of $20,348 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $207.

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#21

Bethel College - Mishawaka

Mishawaka, IN

Bethel College - Mishawaka landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general business/commerce schools. Located in the small city of Mishawaka, Bethel College Indiana is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bethel College Indiana is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,174. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Bethel College Indiana is $108,884. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, general business graduates from Bethel College Indiana take out $30,742 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $294.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Business/Commerce students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for General Business/Commerce award.

Rank College Location
22 Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Fayette, MO
23 Ball State University Muncie, IN
24 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
25 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
26 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
27 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
28 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL

General Business/Commerce by Region

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Plains States
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Southwest
Great Lakes

General Business/Commerce is one of 21 different types of Business, Management & Marketing programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Accounting 53,997
Finance & Financial Management 46,736
Marketing 44,258
Human Resource Management 11,757

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to U.S. Consulate General Munich.

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