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2021 Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

118 Colleges
$31,799 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$40,821 Avg Salary

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 Value General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 118 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for general business students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

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

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

Top 15% Best General Business/Commerce Schools

$35,564 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found Nebraska Wesleyan University to be the best value school for general business/commerce students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Lincoln, NWU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NWU are $35,564 per year.

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$7,324 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means American Public University System is a great value for general business/commerce students. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

American Military University undergraduate students pay an average of $7,324 in tuition and fees each year.

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$33,490 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 118 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Concordia University, Nebraska landed the # 3 spot on the list. Concordia University, Nebraska is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Seward.

Concordia University, Nebraska undergraduate students pay an average of $33,490 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Post University

Waterbury, CT
$15,458 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Post University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools list. Post University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Waterbury.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Post University are $15,458 per year.

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#5

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN
$41,820 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Valparaiso University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. Valpo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Valparaiso.

Valpo undergraduate students pay an average of $41,820 in tuition and fees each year.

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$12,336 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Maryland Global Campus landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. UMGC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UMGC are $12,336 a year.

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With a ranking of #7, Pennsylvania State University - World Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general business/commerce students. Penn State World Campus is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

Penn State World Campus undergraduate students pay an average of $13,988 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Penn State World Campus also did well on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
$10,912 Average Tuition & Fees

Columbia College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Columbia College Missouri are $10,912 a year.

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University of St Francis landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. University of Saint Francis is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Joliet.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at University of Saint Francis are $34,000 per year.

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#10

Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, AR
$10,521 Average Tuition & Fees

Henderson State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the town of Arkadelphia, Henderson State University is a public college with a small student population.

Henderson State University undergraduate students pay an average of $10,521 in tuition and fees each year.

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The College of Saint Scholastica did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #11 on the list. St. Scholastica is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Duluth.

St. Scholastica undergraduate students pay an average of $38,282 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Scholastica also is in the top 20% of our Best General Business/Commerce Schools ranking.

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#11

Biola University

La Mirada, CA
$41,976 Average Tuition & Fees

Biola University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general business/commerce programs. Biola is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of La Mirada.

Biola undergraduate students pay an average of $41,976 in tuition and fees each year.

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Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Lehigh are $55,240 a year.

Lehigh also claimed a spot on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#14

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO
$38,760 Average Tuition & Fees

Rockhurst University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value General Business/Commerce Schools list. Rockhurst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Kansas City.

Rockhurst undergraduate students pay an average of $38,760 in tuition and fees each year.

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#15

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph’s University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, St. Joe's is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at St. Joe’s are $46,550 per year.

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With a ranking of #16, Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general business/commerce students. WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester.

WPI undergraduate students pay an average of $52,320 in tuition and fees each year.

WPI also claimed a spot on our Best General Business/Commerce Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Bartlesville, OK
$27,996 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #17, Oklahoma Wesleyan University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general business/commerce students. OKWU or OWU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Bartlesville.

OKWU or OWU undergraduate students pay an average of $27,996 in tuition and fees each year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
18 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
18 Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, IN
20 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
21 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
22 Oklahoma Christian University Edmond, OK
22 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI

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.

  • 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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