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2021 Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools

160 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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Grad Degree Search has developed this Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 160 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Business/Commerce program at each school on the list.

Check out the general business programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found Indiana University - Bloomington to be the most popular school for general business/commerce students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the small city of Bloomington.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The excellent programs at Northwestern University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Out of the 160 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Johns Hopkins University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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The excellent programs at University of Central Florida helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general business/commerce schools in the United States. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando.

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#6

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Mercer is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Macon.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#7

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of McKenzie, Bethel is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Missouri - St Louis did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, UMSL is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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With a ranking of #10, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. UW - Whitewater is a fairly large public school located in the town of Whitewater.

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#12

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

With a ranking of #12, Florida State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tallahassee.

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#13

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

With a ranking of #13, Columbia College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Maryville University of Saint Louis ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, Maryville U is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#15

Post University

Waterbury, CT

With a ranking of #15, Post University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. Post University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Waterbury.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is a public college with a very large student population.

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#17

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. KU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lawrence.

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#17

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

University of Louisville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #17 on the list. UofL is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Louisville.

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#19

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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#20

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

With a ranking of #20, University of Kentucky did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general business/commerce students. UK is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lexington.

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#21

University of Denver

Denver, CO

University of Denver came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. DU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Denver.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools list. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general business/commerce programs. VCU is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Richmond.

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#24

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. WVU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Morgantown.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for General Business/Commerce students that almost earned our Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools award.

Rank College Location
25 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
26 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
27 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
28 Ball State University Muncie, IN
29 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
29 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
31 Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, IN
32 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH

General Business/Commerce by Region

View the Most Popular General Business/Commerce Schools for a specific region near you.

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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