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2020 Best Colleges for International Business

Approximately 10,536 international business degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for International Business ranking analyzed 143 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in international business. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 21 colleges for International Business students.

Choosing a Great International Business School

Best Colleges for International Business The international business 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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 17% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 204 to 75 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A international business degree from schools on this list usually translates into above average earnings after graduation. While the average international business bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $43,014, graduates of colleges on this list average $52,767.

Starting Salary  ( 41467 to 58532 )
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$66,800

Other Factors We Consider

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

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

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for International Business students.

Best Schools to Study International Business in United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study international business. 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 143 schools analyzed, only 21 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 21 Best International Business Colleges

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

It is hard to beat Georgetown University if you want to pursue international business as a major. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 42 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Georgetown offers a Master's Degree in international business. Graduates from the international business major at Georgetown University make $11,432 more than the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#2

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a International Business major. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova. A Best Colleges rank of 71 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Villanova is a great school overall.

With 45 students enrolled, Villanova University is one of most popular schools to study international business in United States. Graduates from the international business major at Villanova University earn $8,332 above the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#3

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Any student pursuing a degree in international business has to take a look at Bryant University. Located in the large suburb Smithfield, Bryant is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 189th out of 1,727 schools 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 international business. Bryant University international business majors receive $3,432 more than the standard international business student.

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It is hard to beat Northeastern University if you wish to study international business. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 77 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great college overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Northeastern also offers a Master's Degree in international business. Northeastern University international business students earn $14,432 more than the average international business graduate.

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#5

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Located in the suburb Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 122 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Pepperdine is a great school overall.

There are approximately 111 international business undergraduates studying this degree at Pepperdine. Graduates of the international business program earn an average of $44,900 for their early career.

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#6

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

U of San Diego is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego. This college ranks 140th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A popular choice for international business undergrads, there are roughly 79 learners enrolled in this program at U of San Diego. Students who graduate from the international business program make an average of $47,600 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the city Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 105 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means GWU is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, GWU offers a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in international business. Graduates from the international business major at George Washington University get $7,332 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Located in the city Richardson, UT Dallas is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 239th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are about 54 international business undergrads studying this program at UT Dallas. After graduating, international business students typically make around $50,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the midsize city Columbia, Carolina is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 204th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Carolina offers a Master's Degree in international business. University of South Carolina - Columbia international business majors earn $15,632 more than the average international business student.

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#10

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Tulane is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New Orleans. A Best Colleges rank of 94 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Tulane is a great school overall.

Tulane offers international business degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Master's.

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#11

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

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

A popular major for international business undergrads, there are about 43 learners enrolled in this program at USFCA. Graduates of the international business program make an average of $40,900 in their early career salary.

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#12

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Newark. A Best Colleges rank of 92 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of Delaware is a great college overall.

There are approximately 57 international business undergraduates studying this degree at U of Delaware.

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#13

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

St. Joe's is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. This college ranks 196th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A preferred major for international business undergraduates, there are roughly 43 learners enrolled in this degree at St. Joe's. Students who graduate from the international business program earn around $48,900 in their early career salary.

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#14

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Located in the large suburb Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 66 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means U Miami is a great school overall.

With 41 undergrads, University of Miami is one of most popular colleges to study international business in United States.

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#15

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Carlisle. A Best Colleges rank of 88 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Dickinson is a great college overall.

There are roughly 63 international business undergraduates enrolled in this program at Dickinson. Graduates of the international business program make around $49,900 for their early career.

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#16

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

U of Dayton is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Dayton. This school ranks 164th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are about 58 international business undergrads enrolled in this program at U of Dayton. Students from the international business degree program at University of Dayton get $3,332 more than the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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UMCP is a very large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. A Best Colleges rank of 103 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UMCP is a great college overall.

There are approximately 69 international business undergrads studying this degree at UMCP. Graduates of the international business program state that they receive average early career wages of $48,500.

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#18

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Located in the large city Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 294th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

A favorite choice for international business undergrads, there are roughly 21 learners studying this program at Xavier.

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#19

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

Located in the small city Scranton, Scranton is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 177th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A popular major for international business undergrads, there are about 22 learners studying this program at Scranton.

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UST MN is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul. This school ranks 173rd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There are approximately 13 international business undergrads studying this degree at UST MN.

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#21

University of Denver

Denver, CO

Located in the city Denver, U of Denver is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. This school ranks 145th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are about 52 international business undergraduates enrolled in this program at U of Denver. Grads of the international business program report average early career earnings of $38,700.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for International Business

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 International Business award.

Rank College Location
26 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
27 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
28 Drake University Des Moines, IA
22 Pace University - New York New York, NY
23 University of Georgia Athens, GA
24 Florida International University Miami, FL
25 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA

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

Majors Similar to International Business

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 399,810
Accounting 107,851
General Business/Commerce 58,413
Finance & Financial Management 56,960
Marketing 49,179

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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).
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