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2021 Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce

Approximately 53,158 general business/commerce degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce ranking analyzed 176 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general business/commerce. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 schools for General Business/Commerce students.

Choosing a Great General Business/Commerce School

Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce Your choice of general business/commerce school matters. Important measures of a quality general business program can vary widely even among the top schools. 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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 29% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 18%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 279 to 36 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

General Business/Commerce graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average general business/commerce bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $41,384, graduates of colleges on this list average $50,884.

Starting Salary  ( 34809 to 58790 )
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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 General Business/Commerce students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general business/commerce students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general business/commerce related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for General Business/Commerce students.

Best Schools to Study General Business/Commerce in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a General Business/Commerce degree. 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 176 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best General Business Colleges

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great choice for individuals pursuing a General Business/Commerce degree. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great college overall.

There are approximately 683 general business/commerce undergraduates enrolled in this degree at MIT. Massachusetts Institute of Technology general business/commerce majors make $37,816 more than the typical general business grad.

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Every student who is interested in general business/commerce needs to check out Indiana University - Bloomington. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the small city of Bloomington. A Best Colleges rank of 141 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means IU Bloomington is a great school overall.

There are approximately 3138 general business/commerce undergraduates enrolled in this degree at IU Bloomington. Graduates from the general business/commerce major at Indiana University - Bloomington make $11,416 more than the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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It's difficult to beat Northeastern University if you wish to pursue general business/commerce as a major. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 81 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northeastern is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Northeastern offers a Master's Degree in general business/commerce. Northeastern University general business/commerce majors earn $9,816 more than the average general business student.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University is a good decision for individuals interested in a General Business/Commerce major. Located in the large city New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 130 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means NYU is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, NYU offers a Associate's Degree in general business/commerce. Graduates from the general business/commerce degree program at New York University get $26,216 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Located in the city Spokane, Gonzaga is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 139 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Gonzaga is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Gonzaga also offers a Master's Degree in general business/commerce. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, general business students typically earn about $47,000 in their early careers.

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Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Located in the city Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 37 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great college overall.

There are about 104 general business/commerce undergrads enrolled in this program at Wake Forest University. Graduates from the general business/commerce degree program at Wake Forest University get $9,216 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Notre Dame also offers a Master's Degree in general business/commerce. University of Notre Dame general business/commerce graduates make $4,316 more than the standard general business grad.

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Mizzou is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia. This school ranks 274th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There are about 819 general business/commerce undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Mizzou. Students who graduate from the general business program earn around $46,800 for their early career.

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SMC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Moraga. This school ranks 261st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 151 general business/commerce undergraduates studying this degree at SMC. Graduates of the general business program earn about $50,900 in their early career salary.

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Baylor University

Waco, TX

Located in the city Waco, Baylor is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 153 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Baylor is a great college overall.

Baylor University is a fairly popular school to study general business in United States with over 60 graduates last year. Baylor University general business/commerce majors earn $10,816 more than the typical general business graduate.

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Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Brandeis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham. A Best Colleges rank of 75 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Brandeis is a great college overall.

A favorite major for general business/commerce undergrads, there are about 133 learners studying this program at Brandeis. Graduates of the general business program report average early career earnings of $47,900.

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VCU is a very large public school located in the city of Richmond. This college ranks 322nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are about 515 general business/commerce undergrads studying this degree at VCU. Graduates of the general business program earn about $41,600 for their early career.

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St Lawrence University

Canton, NY

Located in the remote town Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 151 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means St. Lawrence is a great school overall.

St Lawrence University is one of the most popular school to study general business in United States with over 95 graduates last year. Soon after graduation, general business students generally make around $45,900 in their early careers.

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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

UK is a very large public school located in the city of Lexington. This school ranks 351st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Kentucky.

There are approximately 467 general business/commerce undergrads enrolled in this program at UK. Students who graduate from the general business program make an average of $40,800 for their early career.

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Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

Transylvania is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Lexington. This school ranks 252nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Kentucky.

With 27 undergrads, Transylvania University is one of most popular colleges to study general business in United States. After graduating, general business students generally earn about $43,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee. This college ranks 160th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are roughly 213 general business/commerce undergrads enrolled in this degree at Florida State. Students who graduate from the general business program earn an average of $37,100 in their early career salary.

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Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH

Located in the medium-sized suburb Manchester, St. Anselm College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 158th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There are approximately 44 general business/commerce undergraduates studying this degree at St. Anselm College. Grads of the general business program state that they receive average early career income of $46,200.

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Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Located in the suburb Saratoga Springs, Skidmore is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 96 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Skidmore is a great school overall.

A favorite choice for general business/commerce undergrads, there are approximately 93 learners enrolled in this degree at Skidmore. Grads of the general business program report average early career wages of $42,700.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Located in the fringe town Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 135 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Gustavus Adolphus is a great college overall.

There are about 43 general business/commerce undergrads enrolled in this program at Gustavus Adolphus. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $44,900.

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Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Located in the city Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 324th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Belmont offers a Master's Degree in general business/commerce. Graduates of the general business program report average early career wages of $49,300.

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SPU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Seattle. This school ranks 348th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, SPU also offers a Master's Degree in general business/commerce. Grads of the general business program state that they receive average early career earnings of $49,200.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

KU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Lawrence. This college ranks 254th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Kansas.

For those interested in something more advanced, KU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general business/commerce, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the general business program report average early career earnings of $41,100.

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#23

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Wartburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Waverly. This college ranks 492nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There are roughly 63 general business/commerce undergraduates studying this program at Wartburg. Students who graduate from the general business program make about $41,600 in the first couple years of their career.

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Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Macon. This college ranks 328th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Mercer offers a Master's Degree in general business/commerce. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career wages of $46,400.

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Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

Located in the city Kalamazoo, K College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 189th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

With 29 undergrads, Kalamazoo College is one of most popular schools to study general business in United States. Soon after graduating, general business students typically make an average of $43,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce

#26

Ripon College

Ripon, WI

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 General Business/Commerce award.

Rank College Location
27 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
28 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
29 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
30 Pennsylvania State University - Greater Allegheny McKeesport, PA
31 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
32 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
33 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
34 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
35 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

General Business/Commerce by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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

Majors Similar to General Business

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

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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 U.S. Consulate General Munich. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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