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2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools

118 Colleges
$40,821 Avg Salary
$25,596 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Business/Commerce School for You

In 2018-2019, 10,236 people earned a degree or certificate in general business/commerce, making the major the #28 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 118 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools in the United States

Check out the general business programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best General Business/Commerce Schools

Our analysis found Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be the best school for general business/commerce students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwestern University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The excellent programs at University of Chicago helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Notre Dame. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#7

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

With a ranking of #7, Lehigh University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #8 on the list. WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #9 on the list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#10

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Indiana University - Bloomington did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #11 on the list. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bloomington.

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With a ranking of #12, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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#13

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

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#14

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Penn State World Campus is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #16 on this year’s Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#17

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Clarkson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Potsdam.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
18 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
19 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
20 Northeastern University Boston, MA
21 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
22 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
23 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS

General Business/Commerce 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 area of study, general business/commerce has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to General Business

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 135,757
Accounting 21,904
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 14,136
Human Resource Management 10,770
Finance & Financial Management 6,277

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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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